Saturday, January 9, 2010

Guess Who's Home? As In Hyde Park Home...

One exciting thing we learned in Mel's meeting yesterday is that she could come home for a bit before the transplant. We didn't want to say anything until it really happened. Now it has and... MELANIE IS HOME!!! We pulled into our parents driveway at around 8pm tonight. She will be here until Monday night. She has to be back at LDS Hospital on Tuesday for some tests and will continue to go there several times before the actual transplant. If there's one thing we've learned about this process, it's that things change...a lot! We had been told that she wouldn't be coming back to CV for at least a year. We are all so thrilled that she is here and that her and Kaden get to be together.

The drive to Cache Valley wasn't bad for Mel, she said that the headlights from the cars bothered her, but was free from motion sickness (thanks to the little patch she wears). Mel had a lot of mixed emotions about coming home as you can imagine. She did have a look of contentment when she was walking around our parent's home. It has been a long two months! My mom said, "I thought I'd never see the day" referring to Mel coming home. What a blessing that her blood levels are good enough for her to leave not only the confines of the hospital, but the close proximity to the hospital. The tender mercies of our Heavenly Father are everywhere!

I can only assume that there will be many who would like to come and visit Melanie. If you could please call before coming, it would help. She isn't supposed to be in large groups of people and we will need to manage that somehow. She tires easily so keep that in mind. I know that she would love to see you all, but it may not be possible. She is still very sick and needs to be careful.

Welcome Home Melanie!!!


Grandma Smith said...

Welcome home Melanie! What a blessing for you to be able to come home, even if only for this short time. I love this blog, but I guess I must have signed up for google some time ago and my account name is Grandma Smith. Go figure. I sure do not know what I am doing. But I live by this blog every day. Thanks so much to everyone who keeps it going. It sounds like you had a great Christmas in spite of the circumstances. I just do not know what any of us would do without family. We have so much faith that everything will work out. I am so sorry it has to take so long and you have to go through so much. If you every feel your faith waivering, just lean on all of us. I know we all have enough faith to share. I loved the picture that this darling girl drew for you showing the Savior by our side. How true it is! I love you Mel and know that next year at this time, this will all be just a memory. Hang in there, you are strong. Even when you do not think you are. We are all here for you.
Sleep well at home in good old "skin town."
Hugs and prayers,
Aunt Lenie aka: Grandma Smith (I still can't figure this out!)

Kerren said...

Wow! What great news! I can only imagine how happy all of you must be with the surprise and delight this change brings! At least some parts of life will be a bit closer to normal in some very important ways! Just so you know, Mel, the next three days are SEP conference days at school -- you KNOW what that means. I think your kidlets are doing very well, and McCall has really prepared to meet with their parents. They DO miss you (we all do!) . . but they're in good hands for now. On a sad note, I'll be in ID.Falls Tuesday to attend the funeral of my brother Bud. He fought a tough battle with bone cancer for over 9 years, and he's at peace now.
I am just so happy about your news!
Tears of joy. Love, Kerren

Miss Nelson said...

Hooray!!! I'm thinking of you!

Amy Johnson said...

Welcome Home! Even if it's not for long! Relax and enjoy every second of it!

Darlene said...

I'm jumping up and down for joy!!
Continued prayers for a complete and quick restoration of health and vitality.

Lots of love to you,


Soto family said...

welcome home Mel!!! Take lots of pics... you can hang them up in the hospital and if you try really hard you can imagine you're home. "There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like...TOTO!"
Love you!