See Mom's cool "Happy Halloween" pillow case? While not caring for any of the creepy, spooky part of Halloween, Mom did enjoy meeting neighborhood children and scooping out handfuls of candy to give them. She always made a huge pot of vegetable beef soup for us on this night as we were growing up. It was fun bringing in a bit of the season to her isolated room.
Pictured with Mom is her only living sibling, Linda, who flew in from New Mexico to give platelets today. (She is a "Hemo-GOBLIN" donor!) As Mom's immune system is rejecting platelet transfusions, it is hopeful that close family members' platelets might give her the boost she needs. Also, something like finding an organ transplant match, a search has begun throughout our country's blood banks to find an HLA Antibodies tissue match for Mom.
You can see the platelet donation procedure here, in my photograph of Linda's arm. When I donated in years past, needles were inserted in both of my arms, one to draw the blood, and then after the platelets were removed, the other would replace the blood. Now this is accomplished with only one stick, one needle, one arm. It takes about 1 1/2 hours, and is not nearly as uncomfortable as many people fear.
Lisa, dressed for greeting Trick-or-Treaters, is counting the days until her Mama comes home. She excitedly wished her a Happy Halloween over the phone.
Mom says she enjoyed many things about her M. D. Anderson Halloween day...but stated longingly that there's just no place like home!