I get my therapy at my oncologist’s office. It is quiet and homey. The doc is always walking around in his stocking feet and there is soft classical music playing in the background.
He caught me eavesdropping on him as he was working on his transcriptions in the office across from the room Jeff and I were in. Each patient has their own private room.
Pam was my nurse. She is a very wise and motherly woman. The doc warned her that I was well read, and she took everything in stride assuming that I already knew about things.
I thanked her for helping me to sift through all the overwhelming information that I had overloading my poor brain. She gave me all the info I needed for my own situation, and she took excellent care of me.
She warned me about today. (the day after)That I might feel as if I were coming down with the flu. And she told me my worst day would likely be the third day…Monday, (daughter Sarah will be with me all day while Jeff works.) But she assured me that after that I should be feeling better for a while until the blood counts drop (on the 7th day-Friday). That is when I will be most susceptible to infection and have lowest energy…So now I will know how to schedule visits and things with family and friends.
The doc told me that working out on the treadmill will be good, but not to expect to be able to do it at the level I do now. He said to prioritize what is important and not to waste energy on things that are not, as I will not have a reserve.
I learned the truth of that advise this morning when I awoke with some energy from all the steroids I took yesterday, and did ten minutes on the treadmill and found myself to be shaky and nauseated. I had allowed my stomach to be empty (except for lots of fluids)…So I took the anti-nausea med and it worked…Then I made an egg, cheese, and spinach omelet for breakfast, took a shower and that was it for me today!
Jeff has been taking excellent care of me and Buddy and Sasha are constantly by my side.
I’m so glad that I took the time to collect some information and prepare ahead of time this comfortable little nest here in my cozy bedroom with everything close at hand.
And today in the mail I received the perfect little message from a dear blogging friend, Chelle…I put it on the lampshade next to my bed, a little card that reads:
Be strong and courageous; Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut. 31:6
~Amen to that!~