Tuesday, October 1, 2019


As we learned in Gone with the Wind - tomorrow is another day.  On Wednesday I start Chemo.  The first appointment takes about six hours.   I am not sure what to expect.  The nurses give you some instructions and then they start pumping stuff into you.

I was told to bring a blanket and something to entertain me - so I will have two iPads with a bunch of movies preloaded.   I will ask have some snacks - they said good idea after a "hearty" breakfast.  I did some pretty politically correct snacks - dehydrated banana slices, sesame ginger cookies and Creme Brûlée Almonds.   Plus water and ice chips.

I have spoken with friends who have had Chemo and they have a wide variety of responses many have gotten through the process with a couple of bumps.

I will give you a post impression when I am done.  And then perhaps record the expected drop in energy when the White Count drops over the next couple of days.

I had a good talk with the Stanford Fellow.   We did a Petscan on Friday last to see if there had been any deterioration since July when I had the first Petscan.  There has been some deterioration so they have, with the concurrence of Dr. Lalchandani, to go from RBustamine to RChop.

The bracelet was a gift from my oldest brother Dan who spent a career as a doctor.   It is pretty elegant and may even have some therapeutic value.   Like the Waterford bowl - it was very much appreciated.

The regime at this point is to do a total of six treatments ending in Mid-January - no flying and no booze until then.  As one friend said - at least they don't cut out coffee!

1 comment:

  1. Ouch! No Manhattans until January? I'll be praying hard for you, Jon!