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Monday, September 14, 2009

Out of the hospital and feeling better. Day +77

Tami stopped by her company's Seattle office the other day to get her laptop worked on and had a visit with her friends (colleagues) Liz, Mike and Stephanie. It's so great to see her out of the hospital again and getting some fresh air.

All in all there isn't a whole lot of news to report on how Tami is feeling.

Tami's GVHD is still making her skin flakey. Her doctors are already tapering back on her Prednisone so hopefully she won't need it too much longer.

Thankfully her viral tract infection is subsiding and she is no longer in any discomfort from it.

She is doing so well again that she only goes for a blood draw once a week.

On top of that she and my mom have been going shopping. I think that may be her favorite pastime while they are in Seattle.

And here are some photos of the gorgeous art work that fills the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Hospital. When I visited Tami last month the art was very much a big surprise to me. I felt like I was in a museum instead of a hospital because there was so much of it and it was all so striking.

I'm glad the hospital is able to make the floors so aesthetically pleasing. It certainly helps to create a feeling of peacefulness for the patients to enjoy.

The piece above was a wall piece of glass art by artist Laurie Burns.

And close ups of the tiles of glass. It was really gorgeous.

I loved this metal bench by Steve Jensen titled "Swirls."

This piece had no tag so I don't know who the artist is or the title of the piece.

And I loved this koi painting titled "Balance" by artist Jeanne Keckler.

But this was my favorite piece. The tag on the wall said:
Carved from a naturally fallen cedar tree from Duvall, Washington, the Healing Tree has interpreted images from many cultures carved into it, including the breast cancer ribbon, a Japanese Reiki symbol, a heart as a symbol of love, healing hands that embrace a figure 8 as an infinite healing symbol, a Hopi Indian healing symbol of a badger claw, a Buddhist triskelion spiral, and an ancient Chiron healing symbol of a willow. All of these icons have been combined and interwoven, creating an abstract carving of love and hope.
The Healing Tree was carved by artist Steve Jensen from a naturally fallen cedar.

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