Well today has been a heavy going one in many ways, but very happy in others.
I woke early this morning to a lovely night nurse taking my blood samples – which is nothing to report but the fact she had made me a cup of nice hot tea as well was the star part of the deal. It was well before 5am so I had plenty of time to relax and watch the sun come up through the thick clouds. Breakfast arrived, scrambled eggs which weren’t too bad really, and then my second breakfast of orange juice and tablets. I know, I am a sook when it comes to swallowing big tablets, but the orange juice seems to push them down so much easier. Next on the agenda was a shower and sorting out clothes to wear out of the hospital.
My ward buddy Val remarked how different I looked in my own clothes. She said I looked so much better – so that was a nice start. I was just so relieved to find my slacks still actually fitted comfortably…a worry due to my abdomen being so distended lately.
Then when I least expected them, in walked Tim and my sister Bernice. Wow, what a sight for sore eyes! I could have cried with joy, and hugged them both with as much strength as I could muster. Bags were packed, we enjoyed a cup of tea in the Patients’ Lounge while waiting for all the drugs, and then we could depart for the unit.
The trip to the unit was indeed short, although by the time I got here I was knackered. Tim drove us here, but just the walk from the car park, and then to the unit was enough for me…frustrating in a way but I know this will get better in time.
It’s a one bedroom unit, so comfortable and neat, clean, modern and with pretty good views. There is nothing we could say negative about it, and were just so darned happy to be here. The Leukemia Foundation picks up the bill for the stay apart from the first 4 nights, which is beyond wonderful. In previous years I have always donated to this fund in one way or another, as well as the Starlight Fund for children, and after our current experience, this will not change.
Tim and Bernice went shopping and I snoozed. Bliss. They arrived back with good looking food and lunch. Later Tim had to leave us to return home and again I was a bit sad to see him go. His mother, Mary has sent some pies and goodies she’s baked for us, so the next few days are all set. The only thing I am not real thrilled about is that I have to self inject each night to keep my blood count on the level it currently is. A small price to pay so I just have to toughen up and do it….it doesn’t hurt anyway, it’s just the thought of putting that sharp thing into my stomach. It’s already a case of join the dots there with purple bruises, so I might get something sketched out over the next few days….a Panda maybe.
Tomorrow morning early we have to be at the outpatients Oncology department where they will check my blood first, then concoct up a brew for IV which may take 5 or 6 hours over the day. Another biggie. Not sure what the set up is or whether my sister will be able to sit near me but she may like to come back to the unit for a break anyway.
The hospital is virtually down the street a short way, round the corner and we are there. Super.
So it’s an early night for me. I’m whacked. I haven’t been on face book much today and maybe not a lot tomorrow either, but keep the comments and messages coming…..they are so comforting and lovely to read when I do get to them. Thank you all again for your support and love.