Omaha Children’s Museum - Aria MacDonald

Omaha Children’s Museum

Today Asher and I went out to the children’s museum here in Omaha thanks to our friend Stephanie who picked us up at 1pm.  I must confess to being pretty nervous all morning about going out.  Most times I go out I have my safety blanket Hamish with me and I don’t go to new places very often, only the supermarket and stuff.  Living in a hospital all the time it is easy to stay here all the time because it is safe and familiar, yet it at the same time, it’s tough going here.

ANYWAY we had a great time, it was a super fun place for adults and children too.  We spent about two and half hours there.  They have yearly family passes that I think we might look into.   Asher had a great time and ran from place to place.  So many things to do, it kinda reminded me of a cross between Lollipops and Motat.  Stephanie took some photos so there will be some pics so on Facebook.

I thought a lot about Aria when I was there and how much she would of enjoyed it.  Thought about the cousins too and how all three of them would love it.  There is a little supermarket there with working checkouts and shelves with grocery items.  I could see her pushing around the little kiddie sized carts.  But it will be awhile before she is able to visit a place like that because of her suppressed immune system and all the germs BUT we will take her one day.

Aria has been more awake today, which made for a tricky and somewhat demanding afternoon for Hamish.  She points and wants lots of things but because she can’t talk it is tricky to guess what she wants.  But she is doing well.  The highest temp has been 37.5 and her heart rate is in the early 100s.   Her white blood cell count is fine and even came down a little bit.  There was also another blood test, that is a precursor to the white blood count, that dropped down heaps.  So all signs point to the change in ABX has been a good thing for Aria.  And the pee is flowing about 30mls an hour which is ok.

Thanks for checking in :)

22 Responses to “Omaha Children’s Museum”

  1. Rebecca Breen says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you guys got to go out and have some fun together. I can imagine Ash running around lovin’ everything! Choice! :)

  2. Erika White says:

    Isn’t the Museum fun?!?!!!!! It’s a super place for the little ones to get their wiggles out :) . We have an annual pass & it’s great – that way I can pop in for 30 minutes here & there and not feel like I have to stay all day. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Natalie and Cody says:

    cool – roll on more good times for you all – - Hugs from here

  4. jen says:

    bless Stephanie and Im pleased you and Asher had a great time :)

    I look forward to the day when we will able to see photos of our princess there and it will happen one day :) :) :)

    pleased she is doing well

  5. Bracefield family says:

    Good to hear the ABX seem to be doing the trick. We prayed for you all at Redeemer this morning.
    In Christ
    Tony

  6. joyce says:

    It was great to hear the better report on Aria. Each good day is a giant step to her recovery.Happy also that you and Asher got out for a nice day together.
    God is so good to give you so many nice fiends in this strange land. Praying still for all of you.

  7. Belinda - LF says:

    Yay Aria, keep those temps down and that pee flowing. Yay for you and Ahser too, it’s nice to get out once in a while. :)

  8. Kathleen and Anita says:

    Enjoyed imagining you on that outing with Ashie running here and there!
    Thank you for keeping in touch so frequently, we don’t always get to reply but remember Anita and Hamish, we are right there with you all the way!
    Hugs for four

  9. Samantha Sutherland says:

    Sounds like a great outing – I am so pleased you managed to get out and about and enjoy some play time with Ashie! Well done – you are Brave! By the way – great news about Aria being stable and the antibiotics working – Lara’s ‘normal’ temp is 37.5 and pretty much always has been since transplant!

    Keep yer chin up, keep getting out for short spells, it is very easy to get institutionalised and feel like hospital is your safe place – believe me I know! Take care xxx

  10. Lori Hollingsworth says:

    Reagan was just asking me about the Ch. Museum yesterday. She’s making plans for our big OMA trip in June!!! I told her all about the giant play house and kid-sized supermarket. Her eyes got SO big. Maybe we can go together….and Lord willing WITH ARIA!

    Love you!!!

  11. Monique Wagener says:

    Sounds like you had a great time out with Asher :) YAY for mummy and son time :)

  12. Christine MacDonald says:

    sounds like you had a nice time at the museum, loved the pics on fb, Ashie looked liked he had great fun. Praying for continued improvement for Aria. Praise God for lower temps and heart rate xoxo

  13. Judy Palmer says:

    Praise God for improvement in Aria’s stats and that you were able to have some one on one time with your son. Sounds like a fun place,
    Judy.

  14. Ann says:

    Great to hear you are having some play time lots of caring thoughts from all of us

  15. Laurie Chiasson says:

    We never made it to the Children’s Museum while we were there in Omaha; we’ll definitely have to check it out when we come in July for the transplant reunion (hoping we’ll make it!).

    When we were at UNMC, the Lied check-in desk had day passes for families at the hospital to go to the zoo for free. They may have other things, too, but the zoo seemed like a safe place to take Anthony in his stroller (and, he was only 4 months old…). Really, it was more so that my mom and I wouldn’t lose our sanity!

    Always checking in on you, and always sending my prayers.

  16. Jen Cato says:

    It’s awesome to know that Aria is beating that superbug. Those can be really tricky, but you have wonderful doctors there looking after her. Bless you all and we’re praying for more wonderful news! :D Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ARIA!!! YAYYYY! :D

  17. Kristen Denzlinger says:

    Hi. We haven’t met but my daughter, Kristabelle, is also a transplant patient at UNMC. I just wanted to let you know that the children’s museum does a carefree kids night a few times a year. They are closed all day cleaning from top to bottom. Then in the evening they open it up to families with immunosuppressed kids and their siblings for free. It is a great way to go enjoy the place with no crowd and no worry about germs. Praying for Aria!

  18. Sarah Leslie says:

    cool that you got out, glad abx seems to be working!

  19. EVE GILKES says:

    Hi Anita and Hamish, Aria and Asher.
    At the end of your bulletin you write ‘Thanks for checking in’!!!
    A MUCH BIGGER THANKS GOES TO YOU, THAT IN THE MIDST OF ALL THAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH AND DOING, YOU ACTUALLY MAKE TIME AND SOMEHOW FIND THE STRENGTH TO PRODUCE THE LATEST NEWS TO KEEP US UP TO DATE ON WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR LIVES.
    GOD BLESS YOU ……. AND MAY HE KEEP A TIGHT HOLD ON ALL OF YOU.
    With love
    Eve (England)

  20. Ree Donnelly says:

    Just want you to know I am here through Jennifer McGuire’s Cards for Kids program. I am humbled by the incredible strength you guys have. Dear little Aria, I will pray for her. I posted the badge on my blog, it doesn’t get a lot of traffic, but it may help a little. God bless you all.

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