After checking back in to ‘Middy’s Marriott’ and receiving day three of chemo and a few other bits and pieces I was allowed to go home again. This has all been such a surprise and it is really helping count down to day zero (my new birthday) come around a lot quicker.
Well all this has been a surprise to me. Checked back in to ‘middies Marriott’ at about 8.30 am this morning.
Had some more blood tests and then some chemo. After waiting a little while for the results of the blood tests, I was told I was allowed to go home for the day and another ‘sleepover’.
Have to make the most of this especially since the weather is so perfect today.
At this moment in time I am not feeling any effects from the chemo. It’s all good.
Had my first chemo session this morning then got dished up a surprise.
I am now at home and can have a ‘sleepover’. Don’t have to check back in to ‘Middy’s Marriott’ till about 8.30amn tomorrow. If I behave myself it might be the same again tomorrow night.
Watch this space.
Well if yesterday was a non event they have certainly made up for it today. Ward F has been extremely busy. Ben and Sherman my two haematologist came in to fit my central line but had a few problems (must be bloodless – couldn’t find a vein) so a couple of hours later Justin rolled up and inserted it through the neck using an ultrasound. Sandi came just as they were about to start but had to leave because she doesn’t like the sight of blood. The doctors only wanted one patient at a time.
I also got to meet Sue Buffery who is the stem cell transplant coordinator – she’s the one who has been doing all the work behind the scene getting the stem cells organising. I have had a lot of visits from the support crew. I am getting very well looked after. It’s now 3.30pm and I am waiting for a bone marrow biopsy which will be done this afternoon.
Well that’s almost 24 hours I can cross off my stay at ‘Middy’s Marriott‘ – signing off for today.
Today, the 27 March 2013 Paul was admitted to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit – 10th Floor, North Block, Ward 10 -Room F of Royal Perth Hospital. Not exactly the Hilton, but what he will be calling home for a number of weeks.
Today turned out to be a bit of a none event. Admission was not until 4.00pm and really it was just to settle him in and of course draw more blood. These blood tests showed that his neutrophils (the little germ fighters) have dropped right down, and we must take this as a sign that the scheduled transplant is very timely indeed.
Tomorrow he will have a few little procedures and tests, before starting six days of chemo on Good Friday – lets hope thats another sign. We now know that the transplant date is the 4th of April – his new birthday.
From tomorrow, posts may be referred to as minus or plus – i.e., -7 is tomorrow, day zero is transplant day, and days after are referred to as +1 etc,
Needless to say – Paul is already fed up, 1 hour and 40 minutes in Paul was looking at the clock counting the minutes and trying to calculate how many hours he was going to have to stay at his new digs.
As it currently stands, Paul would welcome visitors over Easter – keep you all posted.