Well, it's Friday and I made one trip to NIH just to the phlebotomy department. I've been drinking and drinking my liquids so I feel pretty good right now. Keith drove me to NIH and then we met Kathy at Quiznos for lunch. Afterwards, we came back to the house and they helped me clean a bit for my mother-in-law's arrival tomorrow. I had a bit of energy after running at lunch around so I straightened out my bookcases while they cleaned. I still felt decent when Mike came home so Keith joined us for dinner at a Japanese steakhouse. I drank even more water and some green tea with dinner. So far I still feel good. Tonight will be a test. I have my glass of water and I'll make sure I have water in my room when I go to bed because I tend to get thirsty in the middle of the night.
I'm doing all this in hopes that I won't need to go to the hospital, but I'm prepared if I must. If anything, I'd like to delay the trip for as long as possible. The first cycle, I didn't go to the hospital until Sunday but I've had to go in earlier each time. It could be because I was too stubborn (stupid) to stay hydrated prior to when I start feeling bad. By the time I feel dehydrated, it's usually way too late and I need some medical attention. Everything still tastes medicine-y, but I am going to say, "So what?" and eat/drink anyway. It's for my health.
Dinner was really good. I couldn't eat the salad, but I ate my vegetables with glee. It was so nice eating cooked carrots, broccoli, and zucchini. Yummy. I saw a recipe today online for a salad with goat cheese and walnuts that made my mouth water. As soon as the doctor's clear me to eat salad and goat cheese, I'm making it. I adore goat cheese on my salad and it's been really hard not to eat it these last few months. I've been watching a lot of cooking shows lately (Take Home Chef) and it's been torture to see the delectable meals the chef whips up for these people. I am truly jealous! I hope when I feel well that I get picked up by the Take Home Chef. I deserve a good meal more than the people on his show. It's too bad that it's filmed in California. Oh well.
Here's to a good day tomorrow. I'm going to take it easy the rest of tonight and tomorrow as well. Rest is a good thing. Mike is going to weed the garden tomorrow while I relax. He is such a sweetie.