June 8, 2012
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
staff has been quite attentive, and they understand a lot about how this
combination of medications will affect you. In the afternoon, Madeleine’s nurse
came in and told her that in about a half hour she would probably start getting
the “shakes” real bad – as well as a high fever. So when those symptoms showed
up, there wasn’t as much fear because the symptoms were expected. Fortunately, Madeleine
is doing much better tonight, and is resting as I write this.
Madeleine started off today (Friday) by having a “central line” put into a vein in her neck so that the strong medications she is on could be given to her more safely and easily. She was (justifiably!) concerned about what this would be like, but managed to make it through the procedure. They began infusing the medications right after that, and she has done really quite well with it so far. They encourage you to get up and walk as much as possible, and she has enjoyed doing a lot of that – except for always having to drag an IV pole along with her!
|View from her hospital room window|
One nice thing about this hospital stay is that they let you bring in whatever you want to eat – no restriction. So, we have been making runs for favorite foods from Safeway, frozen yogurt, smoothies, etc. The regular hospital food is available too, but for some unknown reason the favorites seem to win out. :)
It has been hard for Madeleine (and us) to be away from family and friends during this treatment, but we know that this is the best treatment for her right now, and that Riverside is where they offer it. One thing that has been very helpful is that Kaiser actually covers the cost of our transportation, hotel, food, and gas for this treatment…not to mention the cost of the treatment itself. This is one of the things that helps make this just a little more bearable.
Thank you again for your prayers.