I head up to NIH today in about an hour to finish up day five of my chemotherapy round. They pump me full of saline and then cytoxin for a couple of hours. After that they pull my IJ line out. I've been through it twice now and I'm still a little nervous, but I can handle it. Removing the line is pretty easy (and thankfully quick), but then they have to put compression on me for 10 minutes so I don't bleed to death. That part is not fun because the pressure kind of hurts.
After today, I start getting my G-shots to keep my white counts up and hopefully keep me out of the hospital this time. I also have to really, really stay hydrated this week and that may mean some trips to outpatient for saline later this week. It's okay because it helps me feel better in the long run.
I'm really, really hoping I can attend the American Cancer Relay for Life this Saturday. It's on the verge of when I don't feel well, but I want to attend for at least an hour so I can see all of those luminary candles I finally agreed to let people do for me. I better bring plenty of Kleenex because I know this is going to be difficult, but it's important. My original goal was to raise $1,500.00 but because I have so many wonderful friends, family, and colleagues, I've blown that out of the water. Mike has set my new goal at $3,000.00 and I'm about $400.00 short today. I better drum up some serious donations if I want to meet this goal by Saturday. :-) If you want to donate, my direct address is: