Day 25 post Stem Cell Transplant

Today was a hectic day at Princess Margaret for Tony.
Main Floor for blood work.
4th Floor clinic for Bone strengthening medication via IV.
Down to 2nd floor to see Dr. Chen.
Back up to clinic on 4th to get hooked up.
Back down to see Dr. Chen again.
Down the hall to see the hospital dentist for a checkup.
Back up to 4th floor to get disconnected.
WOW.  Let me tell you that by the end of the day (7 hours) Tony was very fatigued.  Lots of walking and talking and sitting.
Results from his blood work at Headwaters Hospital showed all negative.
Results from his hickman line taken out Monday showed negative.
Um, what is going on?  In the meantime, he continues taking the antibiotics.  Last night his temperature hit 38.3.  Still low grade.  They did more blood work.

GREAT news:  He ate LOTS at dinner tonight!  Good sign.  Ribs, potatoes, carrots & salad.  When I cut open the watermelon after dinner, it smelled like summer.  It was delicious and he ate quite a few slices.  A substantial amount considering his appetite has been a bite here and a bite there.  Things are looking up.

-We ran into the wife of his roommate from the first stem cell transplant from December.  She was telling us that her husband is doing much better.  He hired a personal trainer to help get some of his muscles and energy back.  Tony was glad to hear that.
-We found a dime on the floor while waiting for the doctor.  A sign that an angel is with you.  (Google it.  It’s true)  So I loudly said hi to my mom and Uncle Tony.
-We ran into someone we met at our MM support group meeting.  His wife was getting her cells harvested today.
-We ran into someone ringing that bell.  You know, the one that tells everyone you just finished your chemo treatment.  She was bald and beautiful. She rang that bell VERY LOUD.  I’m sure everyone heard it throughout those halls.  And, she was there with about 8-10 people supporting her.  I offered to take group shots of them all together.  I had tears in my eyes.  It was wonderful.
-We met a couple who looked so tired today.  I asked what they were there for:  testicular cancer.  A young man.  A caring woman by his side.  Both testicles removed and going through radiation.  He is allergic to the radiation, so they are dealing with that today.
So, at the end of the day, sometimes, when you think you have it bad…….maybe you don’t.
Sometimes, we need little reminders to enjoy life.  Take it slow.  Breath it in.  Watch for those dimes!