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!!!