August 26, 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
As we finish up this fourth session and head back to Santa Rosa, I'd like to give you a little window into some of the ups & downs that Madeleine has faced during her Bio-chemo treatment. She has been amazing in her ability to put up with the challenges, even though it has been quite difficult at times. Here are some of the things she has been experiencing (in an "orchids" and "onions" format):
Onions to... daily 4 am wake-up calls for mandatory blood draws and weight checks, as well as nightly monitoring - every two hours. Yawn :)
Orchids to... our favorite night nurses - who carefully tip-toe, use a flashlight, and try to efficiently organize their visits in order to bring the least interruption of your sleep!
Onions to... trying to swallow pills, food, and even water while struggling to endure the suddenly-strange, chemo-induced taste that they have.
Orchids to... I.V. Zofran and the near-instantaneous relief from nausea it brings!
Orchids to... the same chair bed with an egg-crate cushion added for comfort - what a difference that made (and thanks for the gift, Nancy)!
Onions to... the all-too-frequent alarms blaring from the IV-pump machine in our room ("Warning: Air in the line!").
Orchids to... the soft sound of a lullaby played over the hall loudspeaker every time a baby is born in this hospital - a definite reason to smile!
Onions to… the strange, constant “buzzing and chirping” sounds coming from the pagers in the pockets of the RN’s as they tend to you.
Orchids to… finally coming to learn that those noises help the nurses be able to constantly monitor the heart rate & rhythm of their patients (including you!).
|Kaiser "luggage carts"|
Orchids to… discovering that one of the ever-present Kaiser hospital courtesy wheelchairs can also double as a great luggage cart!
|hand sanitizer dispenser|
Orchids to… convenient hand sanitizer fixtures located inside & outside each room - with their magically-evaporating foamy hand wash; and for Neulasta, the shot they give you on the last day of treatment that helps bring your white cell count back up (and helps you fight infection).