Day -7: My new best friend

My New Best FriendWhen we moved to Alaska, we had to have engine block and oil pan heaters installed in the cars due to the extreme cold. The devices were attached to a single short cord that emerged from the front grille, and we kept extension cords in the car so we could plug in wherever we parked. It took us awhile and a few broken cords to remember to unplug the car before driving away. I’m reminded of that today with what my nurse, Molly, calls my new best friend, aka my patient pal IV walker. I have to remember to take it with me wherever I go, first  unplugging it from the wall. I’ve had a few close calls but so far no broken lines.

It’s been a happily uneventful day, settling in and getting myself organized. Michael and I spent some quality time with each other and our iPads despite the alien setting. I got my first dose of busulfan without any problem. I’ll have the full dose tomorrow evening along with the fludarabine.

I posted a few photos of the room and view. The room is decent sized, and I like having a view of the Key Bridge in the distance and the ongoing construction next door. Michael suggested I take daily progress photos, and we’ll see who gets done first – me or the building. Place your bets on me, please!


  1. Good luck with your new pal which is not only a life line, but also will serve as a night light 🙂 Remember to eat and exercise now, hope you have a comfy chair, your room looks great. We’ll be thinking of you.

    Deb and Mike

  2. I hope you don’t pull any plugs either. Keep plugging away. 😀
    I’m not a betting person, but if I were, my money would be on YOU.
    Love you.
    Cathy 🙂

  3. The room looks great and cozy! I do think you should name your new pal. Should we start submitting names and take a vote? 🙂

  4. Hmm, now you can feel like you have a pet on a leash. The cats would never do that! I’m imagining you trotting down the halls all linked up. Remember that my Kathleen said to keep walking, now with your best friend. Love you. Linda

  5. Hey Karen!

    Spiffy room! I hope they have a comfy chair for Michael. In fact, I tend to sit in my chair more than on the the bed. Unlike Edith Wharton, I do not enjoy writing in bed!

    Glad to hear the first dose went down smoothly.


  6. If a Storm Trooper stops you in the hallway, just use Jedi mind trick and say “This is not the ‘droid you’re looking for.”

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