Round 11: Weekly routine.
November 16, 2014
At the hospital: Wednesday, November 12.
Hmmm…. Not very many people today. The waiting room is not full and it is already the middle of the morning. I checked in and sat to wait for my name to be called. The normal routine is to get my vital signs, like weight, blood pressure, temp, pulse, and oxygen saturation. Then they take several vials of blood for the study and lastly, they access my port.
This is my weekly routine unless I have a chemo break. I practically have memorized my vital sign stats and at times I would play a game with the nurse tech to guess exactly my weight, BP, pulse, temp. With the weekly blood test, I know the results my kidney function, blood work, platelet count, and other details enough to understand them. Then I have monthly CT or PET scans to monitor my tumors. I know every change in my body and the impact of my exercise and vegetarian diet as a result of these weekly tests.
These weekly routines give me a sense of stability or normalcy, and I am thankful. Also, I have mentioned it before, it helps me be grounded with my priorities. Outside the hospital, there is the hustle and bustle of life: the text messages, the email, conference calls, bills, etc., but these are temporary and insignificant when measured against health and family. My routines at the hospital allows me to see things differently. I am glad I am given that opportunity and share this with you.
Thanksgiving is coming up in a couple of weeks. I am looking forward to it because I will celebrate it differently this year. If all goes well, it will be a special Thanksgiving. One more round of chemo on November 19, which is also the birthday of my daughter Abby, then Thanksgiving week. I will definitely write about it.
P.S. I am still wearing a boot to help heal the fracture in my right foot. Hopefully, the doctor tells me I can remove this thing. Then it is rehab time.