As though we'd never left.
It's much easier to come back to the hospital with the line already placed, with some expectations already there. It's so ridiculous that I say things like "it's easier to come back to the hospital" -- as though this is just a normal event in our lives.
|Waiting in clinic to be sent upstairs. Love the face.|
|Testing out his new magnetic dart board courtesy of Asher and family (thanks!)|
There are five main drugs involved in this protocol. One of them, topotecan, will be very slowly infused over 120 hours. Yes, you read that right. He will get a continuous chemo drip. While this is new to us, it is not new to our nurses -- which is always very comforting to me. I like to know that they've done this before. Another drug only needed 6 minutes! There are a lot of moving parts to this protocol and I am very grateful for the computers and such that keep careful track for our nurses and doctors.
We're back in room E583. We did the fourth round of chemo in this room. It was, in that strange way, a happy round of chemo. Sam had almost no major side effects. It was the final round. The one that sent us on our merry way...what we hoped for...the goodbye to the HOT Unit and the road to the bell-ringing. It's a nice room with a sunny eastern view and a big bathroom. (These are the criteria, by the way, for a "good" room.)
I'll just keep hoping that it stays that way.