Okay, the title is misleading but the nurses I’ve had so far are Carla, Fran, and Molly so the old tv show popped into my mind.
Between the hours of 7 last night and 7 this morning, the tech drew 10 vials of my blood, a process called kinetics in which they determine how quickly the busulfan is moving through my system. The results will determine the rest of the week’s dosage. Tonight they’ll do the same thing after I get my full dose to ensure they assessed correctly. You know me – I’m glad they’re doing the chemo at night instead of in the morning, and I’m very happy that they’re extra cautious about getting the correct dose.
I saw Dr. L and a whole gang of medical students this morning. He said he heard from his wife, Dr. G, that I play Nintendo DS. She was my oncologist at University of Maryland. Michael and I persuaded her that her son really did need a DSi. Both doctors seem very nice and, more importantly, very competent.
I walked 12 laps (about half a mile) around the ward, took several naps, read, watched a dvd, played some games…. The dilantin they give me to prevent seizures is making me sleepy and a little loopier than usual. Of course, not surprisingly to me, I did fail the memory test the first day before they even started my chemo! Otherwise, I’m feeling great.
The food is institutional food but still pretty good. My room is cleaned and bedding completely changed daily. Dante, the young man who did this, apologized for disturbing me, and I told him that any housework not done by me is great, especially when I’m the beneficiary. He liked my fleece blankie that Kayla made for me a few years ago.
My chemo starts shortly, and I’m also expecting Michael to arrive soon so that’s it for today. I’ll post a few photos.
Thanks for all of the notes and comments. We are enjoying them!