Everything went well tonight. We were there about four hours and I ordered dinner while I waited. It's pretty cool - they have an extensive menu that's free for patients. I just pick up the phone and tell the operator what I want and then they deliver it right up to my chair. Tonight I had grilled cheese, potato salad, canned pears, and carrot cake. Yum.
Greg Jasper works at NIH on the 6th floor so he came down to visit me on the 3rd floor while I waited for the end of this round of chemo treatment. I met Greg in the Jaycees and I've known him longer than I've known Mike. Greg works in the lab at NIH and was able to tell me a little bit more about my specific protocol treatment. He had only good things to say about my NIH doctors and said I'm in good hands.
The nurses and my mom were right about removing the IJ line. I didn't even feel it and I'm very glad. I took my glasses off just in case so I wouldn't see anything. We have to return tomorrow because Mike has to receive training on how to give me my next shot, which will control any nausea. He's been really good so far with the other shot, but they are pre-filled shots so he'll need training on how to load up this kind. I'm sure he'll be fine. I also received a "schedule" of when I can expect to hit my low white-blood cell count, which could be as early as next Wednesday. This is the period when I really have to be careful about going out in public and it's when I could become really exhausted. At least I know when to expect it.
I meet with my local oncology doctor on Thursday, Dr. Walmark. He's going to be my local point of contact in case I have any issues and I'll need to visit his office twice a week for blood work, except when I need to start chemo again at NIH. His office is only 10 minutes from my house so it'll be a bit closer thank trekking through rush hour traffic to NIH.
Thanks again for all of the cards and comments to this blog. Please keep them coming.
Angela & Mike