Wednesday, December 10, 2008
A Great Day (At Last)!
Today has been the best day for Wills since his transplant! He has been up and playing all day. He made Christmas decorations this morning and played with his engines for the very first time. It has been lovely to see. There are still some concerns about how well the top of his bowel is working and so William is still not on any feed. He had a repeat x-ray and ultrasound today to compare it with yesterday and the lovely 'Prof' surgeon and surgical registrar came in this afternoon to tell us that the pictures are 'reassuring'. Hooray!! This is the first time in ages the doctors have come in with smiles to tell us thing are looking better (apart from after his two post transplant operations when they were initially pleased but then things didn't quite go as they thought it would). If things stay in this direction, we will start a tiny trickly of diorylite tomorrow. We really think William has turned the corner. You never know, we may have manouvered around our nemesis snake at last!
Paul and I also had a lovely day. Our wonderful nurses from CHASE Hospice Care for Children came today to look after William so we went off to enjoy the Christmas Markets again and do a bit of shopping. I had 'Currywurst mit brot' and Gluhwein for lunch which really brought back memories of the markets in Konstanz when I went there some years ago during my PhD years and early years as a lecturer. I had a research contact with a prof there and used to love to go when the Christmas markets where there. I am going to make as much use of the markets for lunch and tea as I can before they go on 23rd. They have been a really good morale boost for me. I love the atmosphere and the lights. The food is nostalgic and, of course, the warm spicey wine is very pleasant at this time of year. This has completely trumped my usual favourite Christmas treat drink of Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks. I haven't even been into one for weeks. Marks and Sparks do the best coffee round here.