Because of your wonderful comments, the title to this post has been modified. Thanks everyone!
Today was a very big day.
Early this morning, X-Rays confirmed that the last 4 weeks of intensive treatment have done no damage what-so-ever to Dale’s lungs or heart. Both are functioning at 100% capacity.
After going over his test results and examining the X-Rays, Dale’s primary care doctor moved him out of the transplant ward and into the oncology ward. This means that Dale is no longer at extreme risk for complications caused by infection or rejection.
At around 2 pm this afternoon, the last IV line was removed from the port in his chest. For the first time in a very long time, Dale could walk without having to drag around the infusion pump stand that he had been attached to for weeks on end. He was free to move about the building. The doctor also told Dale that he may be able to move to the extended care facility as soon as Wednesday, which is considerably sooner than expected.
To top it all off, Dale was able to eat an entire can of Hormel Beef Tamales! He is finally getting his appetite back!
As you can imagine, we were extremely pleased by all that transpired today. It seems everything is falling in to place for Dale. He is in excellent spirits and very thankful, not only for the improvements in his physical condition, but also for the incredible outpouring of love and support he has gotten from his friends, family and the readers of this blog.
In the words of Dale’s nurse (who was quoting her elderly grandmother), “celebrate until further notice”.