"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Those of you who have been following our blog for a few years might remember how we like to commemorate milestones. Often three years ago we noted certain days, usually with something significant in sports. For the rest of you...get used to it.
Today is Day 30 in the post-transplant calendar. (Since May had 31 days, tomorrow will be Tammy's one-month birthday.) Thirty days is a significant number. First of all, she's already beaten about half the statistics, including the 40 percent chance that she wouldn't make it out of the hospital following her second transplant. Every day that passes increases her long-term chances for survival.
I remember in 1980 when George Brett reached 30 games in his hitting streak. Everyone made a big deal of it, because not a lot of guys reach that number. In fact, only 54 players have hit safely in 30 consecutive games (or more) since the first such streak was recorded in 1885. Ten bonus points if you know who did that (answer below).
So 30 days is a big deal. It's amazing how much better Tammy looks than she did even nine days ago when she came home. She's "moving freely about the cabin" whenever she wants. She's pretty much capable of doing everything on her own, though she still must have someone with her 24/7 until Day 100, just in case things turn sour.
By the way, the report on Fox 4 News last night did not get posted on their web site, but the lead story on their "health" page is the fun run. They have the "fighting photo" on there, with info about the run. Here's a link: http://fox4kc.com/2012/06/15/fun-run-to-help-transplant-patients/
We're looking forward to a good turnout tomorrow, and we hope to raise a lot of money for T-shirts. We were able to secure 10 corporate sponsorships of cash, trade or both. We've also secured a special design for the women's T-shirts, similar to the one Tammy has, except it has the hospital name on it. We're close to announcing the T-shirt for male patients. Every dude in the hospital will want to go through the BMT Unit when he sees the shirt he'll get on the day of the transplant.
We'll take some pictures tomorrow, so we'll have some things to post tomorrow evening. We look forward to sharing them with you.
Okay, the answer to the question above? In 1885, Jimmy Wolf of Louisville in the American Association (then a major league) hit safely in 31 straight games the first 30-plus-game hitting streak in major league history. And yes, I had to look it up.