You will have noticed I have gone for a new numbering system for the days as I have literally lost count of the days but the weeks are strong in my mind. I hope you can follow.
Having spent the night in the old section of the hospital, in Ward 5N, it was almost a relief to return ‘home’ to Ward 7B – the nice new ward where I spent the first month of my treatment. This happened by about 2pm this afternoon. There were many more familiar faces and certainly the staff know the Haematology procedures better than the 5N staff. (Incidentally Ward 5N was the original haematology ward before the new one was built!).
I have ended up in the room immediately next to the original room I occupied during my first stint of Chemo, and the view out the window is much the same apart from the addition of a large pillar right hand end of the window!
As I now know things can change each day, today’s news is that the resolution of the lung infection is going to take priority over the Chemo consolidation phase. So in a nutshell this is going to add another 4-5 days of treatment to the plan advised yesterday. In the scheme of things not really relevant but still a little disconcerting as I had planned only 5-6 days in hospital this time around – it has now turned into 10 days.
Luckily I had just received a text message from a young man who went through a similar treatment last year – Christian Lealiifano – the ex Wallaby back. This came about through David Thomson’s daughter Gemma and her Brumbies boy friend James Dargaville, who thought a message from a Leukemia survivor might cheer me up. His key points were the ups and downs of the treatment process. One day you are going well and the next you might get some bad news that you have to deal with. Many thanks to Christian, his contact meant a lot to me and thanks also for the Thommos for arranging it.
So today has been another day of waiting around for drugs and trying to rest up, but as you will remember it is not that easy to rest when in hospital, funnily enough.
And a surprise parcel arrived from friends Leigh and Andrew Williams which brightened up the day, many thanks!