Admittance Day

Saturday, July 2nd had finally arrived. We drove to The Pavilion at UPenn, which is a brand new part of the Abrams Cancer Center, having just opened in November 2021. George was admitted to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit on the 14th floor.

The futuristic looking Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with the old, brick building of the campus

His room is a nice size and has sweeping views over the UPenn campus, with views over to Philadelphia as well.

306 degree view of George’s room
The view from George’s 14th floor room

George’s room has a lot of really cool and innovative features, most of which are found on his big screen tv that hangs at the foot of his bed. First, it’s just awesome that his screen is so huge! So, watching movies and programs will be nice while he’s in there. But the big screen serves other purposes as well. First, there is a lot of information in the upper right hand corner of the screen, as you can see in the photo below.

Then, there’s the feature that George can control the temperature in his room and more from the tv remote. When he presses “display” the menu appears on his screen:

Also, whenever someone steps into his room, a little avatar appears along with their name and title to let you know who’s in the room. When they leave, the avatar goes away:

The onscreen “in my room” notification

George can also choose to listen to music if he wants.

Anyway – day 1 – once George was settled in his room, someone came and whisked him away for a chest x-ray. It didn’t take long, like it did at Cooper Hospital. Maybe 20 minutes! A little later, a tech came in with a portable EKG machine and hooked it up to George. That didn’t take long either.

Quick EKG

Since George was admitted after dinner orders had already been taken, he was offered a frozen Stouffer’s dinner and he chose a lasagna, which he said was pretty good! That was about it for the first day.

6 responses to “Admittance Day”

  1. Continued prayers for you guys!

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  2. Sounds like he is going to be well taken care of!

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  3. Nice set up for George!

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  4. Thanks for keeping us informed. We are all routing for George. Please don’t hesitate to call if you need anything or just to chat!

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    1. Thanks so much, Angela!

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