Ava was able to go out on a 4-hr pass today! She remarked that this is the first time she's used her legs in a really long time. That short path from the hospital bed to the bathroom (while tied to IV poles) sure gets old really quick! Don't worry... she wasn't painting the town, exposing herself to all sorts of germs. But what a treat to be able to leave the hospital and get a change of scenery! She just went back to the apartment and hung out there for a while, but it was so refreshing and great to taste normal life again (at least, life outside the hospital).
Ava was able to switch her cyclosporine from IV to oral yesterday, so that was a factor in her being able to go out on pass today. She was able to switch another IV med to oral today as well, and she is now only connected to one IV pole as opposed to two. She continues to have some diarrhea/GVHD in the gut, but as long as things stay relatively stable/under control, they project that she could be discharged next Monday or Tuesday! (Hospital policy is that patients cannot be discharged the day before a holiday or on a holiday/weekend, so that pretty much knocks out the rest of this week). Please pray for continued progress; any steps backward would postpone discharge.
Meanwhile, they will savor these 4-hr passes daily (as long as Ava's doing well). We give thanks to God for His continued blessing.
Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers!