Greg, How Are You?


by on May.03, 2012, under The Days

T Minus 7

I knew this transplant was coming in 2011.  I hoped we’d start by late January and I’d be out by April.  No.  Lots more chemo and tests.  The big downer was realizing I won’t be well in time to start the 2012-13 school year in August.  I’m actually a little amazed to be typing 2012-13.  Wow.  This year’s freshman will graduate in 2015.

So, I got over that downer.

Then as April progressed and planning began, I got homesick in a sort of premature way.  The hills grew green and the warm days and summer is festival season and… I’m gonna miss it.   GRRRRRRRRR.   I’m not big into denial or anger but I sure can lay down some frustration.  SLO is so beautiful right now.  I just got my new roommate, Dan.  And Dorene and I have made friends again.

In the few days before I left I started getting excited!  Packing and thinking about what I’ll do in my room.  ACTION!   Much better than months of waiting.  Finally going to the battle.  I was really enjoying the drive down and was a bit maniacal meeting the staff yesterday.  Woo hoo!

First night.  Terrible.  Dry heaves, hot/cold/hot/cold, hated dinner.  All my sleep broken into 40-60 minute periods by nurses and such.  Wow, the suck come that fast?  Sigh.  Ear plugs are ESSENTIAL.

Day 2.  Better.   REALLY good drugs to compensate for the first doses of flor/cytox chemotherapy.   Napping all morning.  Nice nurses.

I’ve met : housekeeping, 2 nurses a day, three therapists, dietitian, vitals guy (6 times a day and weighed twice), a dr. with a turban and my dr chen.  At least nine people have been in this room in less than 24 hours and let’s throw my parents on top for 11.  No, not all at once.

The room is getting broken in but that’s for another post.


3 comments for this entry:
  1. Jeff S

    BATTLE! Kick some ass.

  2. kristine

    so glad for the update! Sorry I missed your call. I too was sick with dry heaves etc yesterday. Got an antibiotic I am allergic too, ugh. You are on my mind and in my heart. Got a picture of the little guy today, pure joy. Glad to read the update on Doreen, peace is great. Stay wrapped in all our hugs. Turn up the music…you are loved.

  3. JJ

    Big hugs to you my friend — i am eager for the day i can send more chocolate. I have a stoneground dark that will be a treat….but more of that later. For now, we send our energy to you from the far north!

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