Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One more to go

Everything went very well yesterday. We got up at 5 (had taken my 5 star pills at 11 Monday night and took the second 5 at 5am) and were on the road by 6 If you don't get to Kingston by 8 or 8:30 at the latest you just don't find a parking spot. We have a pass for free parking but the spaces are very limited. We stopped for a snack on the way and a coffee for John and were there by 8:15 so parking was not a problem. It is a long walk from the parking to the clinic but it is indoors in the hospital. My appointment wasn't until 10 so we had a long wait but I filled out my EASE (the how do you feel today? form) on the computer and printed it out and I checked in with the chemo room and my appointment was for 10:30 and they marked me as being in the hospital. They had 2 small baskets of wool and some knitting needles in the waiting room with a sign that they wanted 8" squares that they will put together for afghans for patients so I started one of them. Lorne the student nurse came and got me about 9:30 and I was weighed and have lost 2 lbs. I did not have to do more blood work as they were happy with the report on the blood work sent from Campbellford on Monday. after Lorne asked all her questions I asked her how long she had to go and she said she was finished at the end of this week until she writes her RN exam in June. We wished her all the best and good luck in finding a job. We then met Dr. Wong who is interning with Dr. Biagi. She was very nice and asked lots of questions and then did a short physical exam and said all looked good. We had a short wait and then Dr. Biagi came in with Dr. Wong and he went over some of the problems from the last session (constipation so I won't go into details!). He gave me some good advice and said we could have the last Chemo on April 12 (as long as blood work is still OK) which is great. By now it was 10:30 so we went back to the chemo room and told them I was available and after a very short wait I was called in. This time I went to a different room it was a small room with one bed and two chairs. I was afraid it would be very dull with not much going on to pass the time I was wrong. The nurse was Nancy and she had only this room to look after so we had wonderful care and no delays. She hooked me up right away in my left hand with no problems I had been drinking lots of water so that helped. We did not have long to wait for my cocktail so that was good too. She wanted me to take the bed but I didn't like that idea so she let me have one of the chairs. 4 other people came and went while I was there. The first lady only got an injection in her bottom but we had a nice chat with her husband and her while she was there. Then a man called Thomas came and he was very entertaining. He had rectal cancer and had had chemo and radiation before they removed the tumor (to shrink it)and was now on preventative chemo and this was his last session so he was happy about that. He was there for a couple of hours. We very seldom had 3 patients in the room at the same time. The bed was used briefly for a man to consult with his doctor as he was in a great deal of pain and while that was happening, the was a 70 year old lady in the other chair who was on her 3rd bout with cancer, I think her name was Gwen, her Nancy and I talked about family and I showed them the pictures of my grandchildren. After the sick man left (we never saw him as the bed was the first thing in the room and the curtain was pulled around it) there was just the 2 of us in the chairs until another lady came in for a short treatment with her husband and we had another chat about knitting and things. I had finished the square and was almost finished a pair of slippers that my boss Fr. Reynolds had asked me to do for the altar servers. We were done by 4:45 the earliest yet and we took my daughter Sharon's advice and went to Belleville for supper which we had at Denny's which has a great seniors menu. We were home about 7:30 tired but happy it was over.
Today I am feeling fine it is usually Thursday when the joint pain starts so we will see what happens. It does get less painful each time.
Thank you for all your kind thoughts, prayers and wishes. If you wish to comment on this Blog I would like to hear from you. Hit the comments at the bottom right and do your thing then hit the arrow on the right of comment as (crosstown Google) and a list will appear highlight OpenID or Anonymous and then post comment and that should work. Thanks for taking the time to read this!


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are staying so positive Mom! Keep pushing through. We are proud of you!! XO XO
CW and Family

Bernadette1 (Bernie) said...


Bernadette1 (Bernie) said...
Dear Pat, So much you have gone through and yet you don't complain. I am so glad that you have such a wonderful support system, and that things are going along well for you. Your journaling is so good and it was such interesting reading how your day went along and who you met and how you are able to be entertained with what is going on; and so much you have learned and taught the rest of us who are reading this.

I wanted to comment yesterday (Wednesday) but my computer decided to upgrade the Firefox to 4.0 and then did all kinds of crazy things. I got through that alright, and then a few weeks ago my blog decided to change and for the life of me I don't know how that happened because I didn't choose to do that, but now I think I have all the bugs out of that also. It won't work 100% on Firefox so I have to change over to IE for other things. I shall not complain, after reading what you are going through and knowing that the Good Lord is taking care of you, I feel happy for you and John. I know he is going through a tough time also as our partners in life do feel the emotions and sadness and happiness right along with us, and I give him so much credit for staying right there with you. He sounds so much like my DH Ted--we both have so much to be thankful for.

I notice that you have an Anonymous post, sounds like one of your daughters, but I don't want to be anonymous because I am Bernie. Bernie who is very interested in your journey and so happy that you are posting. I know this is the day that you probably will be aching all over, but my prayers are with you and hope it doesn't get too bad this time as I remember you saying that each time seems a little better. I hope the blood work is always good, and that your last chemo will be in April--wouldn't that be the best gift of all.

You are a real hero in my eyes, and you are sharing and telling people that there is hope and help. Sending you love and prayers, and will have to settle for a hug here. (((PAT))).

Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:43:03 AM
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Nancy said...

Hi Patricia
We are glad to hear that everything went well for you on Tuesday. You are doing so great and you have a great attitude. Hope you are not in much pain today. Our prayer and thoughts are with you. If there is anything that we can do call us.
Jack & Nancy

Anonymous said...

Patricia I had no idea you were going thru all this. Pat just forwarded the link to your blog. The good news is tht you seem to be going thru chemo well. I will call you tonight (Wednesday March 30). Yestreday was grandma Menton's birthday which has no bearing on your health issues but somehow I think she's in the picture. Take Care. Hugs Virginia