Last week, Sadie had been planning on returning to kindergarten on Monday. Tears flowed in abundance as she was devastated to have a cold and had to stay home for an additional two days. On Wednesday, she was running out the door and hurried into the school as fast as she could. In her awesome kindergarten class, we took a couple of minutes to answer her friends' questions about her transplant. We encouraged lots of hand washing! Sadie came home giddy with excitement. The children and staff at the school (and other schools in the district) have been extremely kind and supportive to us. Sadie reported that all of the kids in her class-- except one or two-- played with her at recess. They chased her, and she loved it! She loves her teacher and class.
Friday, we were excited! We decided to celebrate Sadie's return to normal activities by having a family outing in Idaho Falls. This was supposed to be the first time since Christmas that our family went out together to a public place. We had fun plans. About five p.m. the cell phone rang as I was driving and our transplant nurse was on the other line. She asked us to be at Primary's Monday and to get blood work done Sunday. I was told that some of the last test results came back with problems. I pulled over and wrote down her instructions of precautions to take over the weekend. Our nurse told us to pack an over night bag in case more testing was needed. Needless to say, our festive night out didn't turn out to be so exciting after all.
On Mothers Day, Sadie was able to come with her sisters and I to church. David watched our runny nosed baby so that I could go. It was fun to see Sadie get to be with her friends again. I will admit, we had only been sitting down for a couple of minutes when she leaned over to me and said, "I'm bored." Guess she hasn't changed much in the past five months after all. That night she had her blood drawn at the local hospital.
This morning, after getting Natalie and Rachel off to school and Alyssa off with Grandma LaNae, the rest of us drove to Utah. We didn't know what to expect or how many days we would be gone. The doctors were surprised to see Sadie jumping on and off of the exam table, running around the tiny room, giggling and talking non stop. (I think she tries to prove how healthy she is to them so that they will send her home. She was quite wild.) They had expected her to be sick with a sore throat, fever, sleepiness, stomach problems, etc. The list goes on. She was fine. However, based on her blood work, we have to watch for those things over the next few weeks as they continue to test for more problems. They gave us more information that went over our heads, and sent us home. The head doctor did tell us not to worry. Right... we'll work on that.
... And so we drove back home and were able to tuck in all of our children tonight. It is a blessing to see each of them every day. Tomorrow, Sadie looks forward to going to school again. We hope she still loves it ten years from now.