Welcome back to Camp Chemo.
We are all settled in our new room, with a lovely eastern view. (See pics below - quick iPhone post)
Chemo is 6 days long, and has two main parts - high dose cyterabine (and the accompanying eye drops) and a second chemo that starts in a few days that is known as "smurf juice" due to its distinctive color. (I can't remember its medical name. Smurf juice is more fun to talk about. Ya gotta have fun, right?)
Sam is trudging wearily into the transition. It's hard to come back to cheerful smiles and hearty welcomes when he's none too pleased to be back. I feel mixed. I just want to get it over with, so I suppose I'm glad to be here and get started. As one of the nurses said, "you can't finish til you get started!" Tomorrow is another day.
So, first day of the last round. As my colleague, Rabbi Steve, said to me. "May this be the first of lasts in the new year."
Shabbat shalom from our temporary Wisconsin home....
Sam Sommer, E583
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1997
Pics below of our new room and such. Including our view :) and the sweet decoration that greeted us from our nurses today.