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Posted 2018-06-04T05:26:39Z

Day 30: Ring That Bell Hun

Wednesday, May 30th:

Dad steps out of the hospital room on the bone marrow stem cell transplant floor at MD Anderson and begins a daily quest — sleuthing out the location of one of the rolling coffee pots volunteers push around the hospital. 

He peeks around corners, knowing all the spots and certain that he’ll find what he’s looking for. 

He does. And he loads up his tiny cup with a splash of milk before heading back to see Mom. 

As he nears the nurses station he notices something shiny and new. 

Its a bell. 

But is it new? Or has it been there all along? 

This is hospital life. You know it all. You see it all. Everything is exactly the way it has always been. Until it’s different. 

But then different becomes a part of the new routine. The new normal. 

But Dad isn’t losing his mind. Well. Maybe a little. But he’s definitely right about the bell. 

They had just mounted it, the nurse says. It’s so new that they don’t even know what to do with it yet. 

But Dad does. 

 

Thursday, May 31st:

The papers are all signed. Mom and Dad’s signatures were easy. 

They’ve been waiting days, weeks, even months to sign the papers. 

To get out of the hospital. 

Waitng for the doctor’s signature can take a long time sometimes.

But the process actually goes so fast on this day that Mom is in a wheelchair headed for the elevator before she even knows it. 

Dad calls out to the nurse from the other end of the hall. 

RING IT! 

“What?”

RING THAT BELL! 

“Bell?” 

IT’S DISCHARGE DAY — TURN HER AROUND AND RING THAT BELL!

The nurse complies. 

Mom stands.

The bell rings out.

Not a handful of minutes later the van noses out into traffic and heads to the hotel.

There are no more grateful commuters on the roads of downtown Houston than these two.

 

Friday, June 1st:

<5:00 am ... alarm rings>

Time to head back to the hospital for the daily checkup.

I know — but it’s so good to be out of the hospital and sleep through the night.

What do you think about some Chuy’s for lunch?

That’s a new normal I can get used to.

. . . . 

It’s been a very good week in Houston friends.

 

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Comments (25)

  • Robin Brooks
    Robin Brooks

    So happy to hear! Can’t wait to see Lesa’s smiling face back in our neighborhood! ❤️🙏🏻

    one year ago · Reply
  • Marian Belson
    Marian Belson

    I am so thankful and happy!!!♥️😁💜

    one year ago · Reply
  • Tracy Curry
    Tracy Curry

    Ringing of the bell brought back so many memories. It symbolizes so much, as I know you know! Way to go, kicking cancers butt!! 😘

    one year ago · Reply
  • Charlotte Barton
    Charlotte Barton

    Ding a ling! Great, wonderful news! Lee you should be an author you write so well. Thanks for the update. Keep up the good work Lesa!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Beverly Lanier
    Beverly Lanier

    Ding Ding Ding for a strong woman and her amazing family. Thanks for the update. As only Lee can do.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Betsy Horton
    Betsy Horton

    Such exciting news!! Ringing the bell and discharged from the hospital. Hope you are feeling good. We can’t wait for your arrival back to Rough Hollow. Take care Lesa!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Karen Lovejoy
    Karen Lovejoy

    I am smiling and tearful at the same time. What a glorious update!!! A new normal has begun, way to go Lesa!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Marsha W Kish
    Marsha W Kish

    Congratulations on achieving this huge milestone in your recovery. Hoping you return to Lakeway soon!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Carolyn Henry
    Carolyn Henry

    So happy for you Lesa and for your family!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Christie Schroeter
    Christie Schroeter

    What a HUGE celebration we're going to have in Rough Hollow West Rim when we get Super Woman and her side kick back!!!! Love, hugs and many prayers! Rick and Christie

    one year ago · Reply
  • Rhonda Foulds
    Rhonda Foulds

    Great news! Love the ringing of the bell. Lesa, you’ve been such a trooper. Still sending our prayers and our love.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Kay Atkins
    Kay Atkins

    So happy to hear the good news. Love you much, Lesa.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Carey Dunlap
    Carey Dunlap

    What a glorious sound of a bell. Can mean so much in so many ways but definitely always a beginning. So happy for all of you!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Pat McLerran
    Pat McLerran

    The best news ever! So happy for all of you!!! 💜🙏🏼💜

    one year ago · Reply
  • Susan Wattinger
    Susan Wattinger

    Awww...this is ALL GREAT NEWS!!! We (Wattinger and Schnell families) are all so, so happy!!!! They put the bell there...just for YOU, Lesa!!!! You couldn't leave the hospital without a peep...it's a bang!!!! Way to go my dear friend!!! Can't wait to see you in person and give you a GIGANTIC HUG MY DEAR LESA!!! Keep up all your fabulous job of keeping the hospital staff on their toes!!! YOU DESERVE THE BEST MY DEAR!!! Scott, thanks for ALL your support, help, encouragement, love, etc. YOU give Lesa standing by her side...that means the world!!! Lee, have you ever thought about writing a book...you do such a fantastic job of expressing every little detail where you feel you are there in the moment...thanks so, so much for ALL YOU DO...it is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!!!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Medora Koenig
    Medora Koenig

    I have such a huge smile on my face while reading this post. Your family is a shining example of what family is all about. God Bless and enjoy Chuy's!! Love to all from the Koenigs.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Retta McHan
    Retta McHan

    Baby steps... Scotty always tells me...glad to hear the new update...keep it up

    one year ago · Reply
  • Shirley Tucker
    Shirley Tucker

    Fantastic and this kind of progress for sure deserves a bell to be rung. Thanks for the update and hugs all around.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Mary Jo Iagulli
    Mary Jo Iagulli

    this post makes for a very good day in Alaska! Thanks, Lee, for the update, my own heart bell is ringing!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Cindy
    Cindy

    I so appreciate your updates, Lee. I can hear your Dad "clear as a bell" saying, "RING THAT BELL!" May 31st's post makes my heart so happy. Continued prayers for your Mom, all of her beloved family, friends and caregivers. <3

    one year ago · Reply
  • Margaret Roach
    Margaret Roach

    Hooray & hallelujah!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Norma Wermerskirchen
    Norma Wermerskirchen

    So happy for you ! I rang that bell three times, and my cancer free journey began! It’s awesome they put it there and for you! Continued recovery and let the bone marrow begin! Love you my friend.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Olta Potts
    Olta Potts

    I am gonna ring my Christmas bell for you. Your course rating friends will be so happy. You have done it!!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Judy Day
    Judy Day

    Great story with happy ending of the ringing of the bell!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Patricia and Keith
    Patricia and Keith

    Lesa, not sure if you and Scott knew but my aunt is going through radiation. For 6 weeks I’ve waited in the waiting room, seeing happy folks RING the BELL. Grateful for their joy sharing! My aunt will ring the bell this week!!! Thank you for Ringing the Bell. Looking forward to seeing y’all !

    one year ago · Reply