Outpatient Treatment

Anna has been home almost two weeks at this point, and continues to be treated on an outpatient basis. For the first few days, she was provided with a home IV system and after a little practice, it became relatively easy to administer. She's still on a pile of pills... really, it's a pretty good quantity a few times a day. But, those also are starting to decrease, which is a good sign. The dosage for the steroids has already dropped a couple of times, and should continue to taper off over the coming weeks. That'll be a big one, as the steroids really do mess you up pretty good. She also continues to go to the clinic twice a week, to have her numbers checked and to receive some medical care. The one day that she is there, is pretty much a full day appointment, as they administer treatment via IV over a pretty long period of time. The second day is a pretty quick check in.
Her energy level fluctuates a bit, as does her strength, but this week was definitely better than last week. She's spending more time out of bed, and at the kitchen table, or sitting on the couch, or even some time in our home office. She spent some time this past week putting together some materials for the Light the Night Walk 2010, so be on the lookout for the letter. We participated last year and raised over $10k, so hopefully we can do the same again this year. It's a pretty cool event. They did a really nice job last year, and I'm looking forward to it again this year.
Everything at home is OK... she needs to be in the house, and can't have visitors at this stage, so we're pretty much homebound. I go to work and hit the supermarket/Costco, but that's about it. Anna's mom's been staying with us for a bit, along with Norma, so TJ's care and the cooking/cleaning are pretty well covered at this point. 
Happy 4th!