VD-PACE UCH Inpatient Admission – April 13 2012

Faye Hummel drove me to UCH this afternoon after RN Sarah called to tell me they wouldn’t have a bed available until 3 PM, but I could come early and they would house me in the 11th Floor Treatment Room and get me started before the room was available.

We arrived UCH around 12:45 PM. RN Sarah got my blood drawn while Faye and I reviewed all the genealogy that I’m been gathering recently on my maternal family side.

Then, my Room 1102 became available sooner than they had expected and we moved over there.

Day 5 – Evening Update September 18 2011

Faye Hummel stayed until 5 PM and helped me with my dinner order. I decided nothing sounded good and ate a small bowl of cereal that Faye got at the store on her way here this morning. Per usual, the food does not help ease my nausea. Nurse Practitioner Carley came in and chatted with me about the nausea. I’d only managed to get almost one bottle water (16 ounces) all day, so Carley decided to increase my IV maintanence fluids from 75 cc/her to 125 cc hour. My nursing care continues to be top notch. Here are my day Nurse Jennifer at change of shift this evening with Nurse Sherry September 18 2011 7 PM.

They started me on a neupogen shot this afternoon too (I think the dosage was 300 mg). The neupogen is to stimulate my new baby stem cells into action.

My 4 PM blood draw results aren’t much different than this morning,

The Chemo party is Closed!!

Time to celebrate!Thursday was my last “Chemo Party” for Hopefully a verrrrrrry lonnnnnnng timmmmme!Like I explained in my last post, this has been

Almost two years of this grueling pace.

This life changing,

life preserving,

completely consuming journey.

I could not have done this without the expertise, and encouragement from the team at my oncologist’s office.

Jamie and Kelly, the nurses have been wonderful. Not only are they skilled at what they do, but they have become friends throughout this journey.

We feel very fortunate to be in the care of Dr. Nathan Rich. He is my local oncologist. He works closely with the Multiple Myeloma specialist at Huntsman. He is very “down to earth” and takes his time to answer our questions and just visit. He has been my ally through this rigorous treatment. Really helping make the right decisions for me and weighing out the options. I have been having most of my infusions at his office and then meeting with the “MM bigwigs” in Salt Lake once a month. I really value his expertise, wisdom, and kindness. I will continue to see him and receive Aredia-a bone hardening infusion every two months.
I am so grateful for the care I have received from these amazing people and the miracles of modern medicine!
p.s. and you asked how did I celebrate? I went home, ate cake and had a three hour nap.