The British Bulldog got it right.
Today was an auspicious day. After being in remission since May 15, 2012, I returned in good humor and with positive attitude (although not triumphantly) to the outpatient chemo ward in Hadassah Ein Karem. The answer to the obvious question you may be asking, is that my good doctor, the lovely and talented Ayala Hubert, decided that, what with four small tumors growing inside me, it was time to, once again, engage in battle.
Without a doubt, the chemo treatment protocol worked well last time, so we’re going to follow a similar approach this time, except instead of going in to the hospital every other week, I will go in for treatment every third week, with the added bonus of two weeks of pills in the interim. (This will also allow me some more flexibility when it comes to trans-Atlantic travel.)
I know you’re chomping at the bit to hear all about my experiences today, so I’ll give you the quick run-through with the most important stuff first:
Parking went well, and Tammy was able to secure a free pass for the next few months. (Things are looking good already.)
We showed up at about noon, as directed, and saw some of our old friends. One nurse, a favorite from last time, clearly remembered us as she asked specific questions relating back to conversations we had more than 1.5 years ago! Others were polite. Nonetheless, it was heartening to be welcomed warmly. What’s more, the receptionist referred to me as a “young man.”
After waiting around for about an hour, we were able to start treatment with various IVs of saline, glucose, medications, and so on. I was shocked that the side effects started almost immediately, while still hooked up to the IV. I remember from last time that one of the side effects is neuropathy and severe sensitivity to cold. At one point, I took a quick gulp of some iced tea and immediately paid the price. But, I assume I’ll learn and it will all come back to me…
Thankfully, I was able to participate in a 1.5 hour conference call with some colleagues (and friends), and it really helped the time fly. I’ll be getting on another call shortly. So, as you can see, not much is changing from last time: I plan to work as much as I can. I plan on maintaining a positive attitude. And I plan to continue harassing you.