Our first day on home soil. We spent the night at Allison & Chris’s home in Bendigo. We had a goodnights sleep and it was 7.30 am when we woke up (5.30 am Shenzhen time) to the smell of bacon and eggs. How’s that for a homecoming breakfast. Jill has head cold and is sneezing a lot. She had a slight cold before leaving Nanshan. We are hoping that it does not progress.
Margaret & Barry arrived about 11am to welcome Jill home and have a look at Allison’s home. They thought Jill had improved in her walking. Today I have done nothing, Jill & Allison went to the hairdresser to have Jill’s hair coloured. We are not likely to be able to get to Michael’s salon for a few weeks. We purchased a sim card for Jill’s new PINK phone and every thing appears to work. Jill’s been catching up with Big Brother and Neighbours.
This evening we have been given our next delight –roast beef– the best feed we have had since leaving home – Thanks Allison. Chris rang this evening –he also has a cold – we hope that it clears quickly.
The next lot of stem Cell injections were today and we are thinking of you back there in Shenzhen. Hal & Kath in particular good luck with the rest of the treatments and the improvements they will bring.
Sitting on the couch back here my thoughts were of the nurses, doctors and Jon’s girls for all the effort they put into our wellbeing and care. Thanks again for all the time you worked with us.
Jon, Grace, Sunny, Amy, Sally, Elizabeth and Mary, there were a few times when we felt all alone but for your thought full care and attention. The wonderful friendships we gained both with other patients and Jon’s girls will never be forgotten.
Wonderful friends Val & Jason, Bill & Babs, Wayne & Robin,Jackie& Chris, Kath & Marion, Hal and Hungarian families and their Children, Paola and her daughter from Italy will always be our friends.
Kath mentioned the “CHINA CLUB”. I was going to talk to Chris about setting up a web site for the exclusive use of the above group of people and those that will follow us maybe we can change the name a little to “THE CHINA STEMCELL CLUB”.
Hal mentioned that we should all be proud of the fact that Kath, Robyn Babs & Jill are the first Australians to have stem cell treatment for Ataxia. I know he was stoked (his word) for being in the first 10 Americans to be treated and that was before the first injection.
Tomorrow we head for home to pick up our Jack Russell (JAKE). I guess he will have lost his voice by now & will probably have forgotten us.
We will see you tomorrow on the net,