I do get to go home today – it was debatable for a while…but….YIPPEE!!!!
I have discovered that the chemo treatment does result in me feeling nauseous and with stomach pain. This time I tried to stay ahead of the problem and took anti-nausea medication at the first sign of any problem. Of note, I am given anti-nausea medications prior to receiving chemotherapy….
Treatment is given in your room. You spend most of your time by yourself. You see other patients when you are walking in the hallways. Due to wearing masks, you are not able to see when other patients smile at you…and in this unit…a smile could make a major difference in your day!! Yesterday, I had a lady who gave me two “thumbs up” when she saw me in the hallway. Certainly, helped to give me a little more pep in my step. Besides, she was wearing a “cow print” mask and matching slippers. It was very cute.
I have had some consistent nurses and I really appreciate their dedication and willingness to get to know the patient beyond the medical factors.
This visit, the Chaplin stopped by my room. Really nice man and a modern thinker. He covers the whole hospital. Based on his presentation and knowledge base, I would not be surprised if he does not have a social worker background….
There is an older gentleman here, met when we first got here, and he showed us how to get to the unit from the main hospital lobby. Boy is he is walker. He is frequently up walking and has quite a fast pace. He is quite motivating.
There is another younger lady I met during my first treatment. I was walking the hall and saw her. I was surprised to see her back again. She was being wheeled, via her bed, to emergency surgery and asked the nurses to stop so she could briefly talk to me.
Lesson learned…sometimes it is the little things in life that have the most positive impact…