I'm getting my first round of chemo today, beginning about 9. The nurse said it will take 5 hours and will be a combination of 2 therapies. They tend to leave you alone on this ward; perhaps because I wasn't under treatment I got the entire night without taking my vital signs or weighing me or asking me what drugs I take. This is a very quiet ward as well, which tells me that after treatment begins that I may get quiet myself.
So far, I don't feel like the science experiment I thought I would. There was a small line at the door of eager oncologists and interns to see this strange disease, but after that it was a quiet evening and night. I haven't seen my attending physician yet either -- I'm not clear how this works yet. I know they work in teams and teams have several sub-specialties in oncology working together and making decisions, but so far I haven't seen any of them.
Basically this is your prototypical U of C ward, spare of detail, flat beige walls and tile floor to match. The windows are horizontal about 4 feet tall, but don't seem to bring in much light. I'm facing south west looking out over the garage and another hospital wing. This end of the floor is very hot, so I got a fan from maintenance that helps move the air around. Although I got it from the hospital, it's new (just out of the box) and has to leave with me, I guess to prevent infection? Can't wait to see that in the bill -- I wonder what they get for a $12 fan.
I'm having trouble with the SGDP e-mail server letting me send mail from the U of C. Currently I can get mail, but when I send a reply (or new mail) it goes to my outbox -- so it's being blocked.
OK, that's about it for now -- it's 7 AM and they're beginning to shuffle around out there in the hall.
Love you all.