Today is Monday and last Friday, George finished up his injections of Vidaza. He is still taking the Venclexta pills for another week, though. We are both glad we won’t have to drive to Camden every day anymore….but are we fooling ourselves? Today, George has a follow up appointment with Dr. Ghimire and then as his blood counts drop this week, he will need to go and have blood drawn and possibly get infusions of blood and/or platelets. So…realistically, I foresee trips back to Camden.
Every time we go to the MD Anderson infusion center, we had to have our temperature taken and we are asked several questions about exposure to COVID, symptoms of COVID, etc. Now, I only have to show my vaccination card to be a visitor, which is easier. Then we both get little stickers on our tops with our temperature on them, I guess showing that we have been cleared.
In addition to the chemo injections, George had to see the orthopedic surgeon last week for a status check on his leg. The doctor said his leg is looking good and was actually surprised that we had been following their instructions as far as changing the dressing every day etc. He said some patients don’t follow instructions and some don’t even keep their follow up appointments. “You’re such a great patient!” Hey, they are the experts and we are just trusting in their expertise….that’s what we (ok, Humana) are paying them for! So, it’s going well and the goal is to have the leg healed up by the time the transplant takes place.
So, far George is feeling fine, but we know that the fatigue and dropping blood counts will likely start this week. He has an appointment with his dentist tomorrow to get cleared for the transplant. The doctors want to make sure there aren’t any underlying issues that could cause an infection when he is undergoing the strong chemo before the bone marrow transplant or when his immune system is wiped out afterwards.
The bar cart in our kitchen eating area has become a wound dressing station. Here, we keep our 2″ woven gauze sponges that is soaked in Dakins solution and placed directly on the wound, our 4″ non-woven sponges that are placed on top of that and our 5″x9″ combine pads that cover the whole thing. We also have saline solution that we pour onto the 2″ gauze as we are trying to “unstick” it from the wound and pull it off when changing the dressing.
I am hoping to make an appointment to get my hair trimmed and color touched up this week. I would also love to go into New York City for the day on Friday…the weather looks like it will be beautiful! Maybe a walk through Central Park, then lunch in the West Village? It all depends on George’s schedule this week. So, I will have to wait and see. My schedule revolves around his now.