Since medical personnel will be a large part of my blogging experience, I thought I would give a brief introduction of the new cast of characters on my blog. Names have been changed or abbreviated.
Dr L - my transplant doctor in Michigan. Funny guy, good sense of humor, I feel very comfortable in his care, which is one of the reasons we decided to stay in Michigan for this go around
Dr A - my transplant doctor in Boston, did my first transplant. Very blunt and tells you exactly what he thinks, so I was very pleased when he was positive about my treatment options and didn't tell me to put my affairs in order (which he would have, if he thought that was the only viable option out there).
Dawn - the nurse practitioner who works with Dr L. She probably won't be part of the story until I get back in for transplant in a few months.
Penny - my primary nurse. She is hilarious, really gets what it's like to be locked up in here, and has lots of funny stories. For example, today she told me that one time some teenage guy who was stuck in the hospital called in an escort to visit him and told everyone it was his aunt! I'm not that desperate yet, but ask me again in a couple of weeks and I may resort to tricks to amuse myself.
Gabrielle - my other primary nurse, super sweet, and bought me maple sugar candy when she was in Canada today! (remember, Canada is about an hour from my house. not a big deal to go there. well, it wasn't before they started requiring passports, I think it's more annoying now.)
Gordon - the fellow who is in charge of me while I'm in the care of the hematology/oncology team (hem/onc). The chemo that I'm currently getting is being supervised by the hem/onc team, not the transplant team, which made things a bit more complicated because I'm being seen by the pediatric service (more on that another time) and the pediatric hem/onc residents aren't allowed to deal with patients over 24. I clock in at 25, just barely too old. So Gordon volunteered to be my "case manager" or something. Anyway, he's really nice, pretty cute, but very married. Oy.
Adam - the medical student who is in charge of me. Because of the "no resident" deal, Gordon is getting helped by a medical student. It gets weirder. A very dear friend came over a couple of days ago to help me put pictures and postcards up on my wall to brighten up the place a little, including a picture of us. Adam recognized her and said she had been in his precalc class. Yes, Adam apparently went to the same high school as me and graduated a year after I did. Weird, right? It gets weirder. According to my parents his family are also members at our synagogue, and I guess his dad had a transplant for lymphoma when he was much younger. He seems very nice, very concerned, and I think he has the makings of a good doctor. It's just a little weird that we have all of these connections.
There are many other nurses and doctors who are in and out of here who may end up in the entries as well, but these guys are the main ones.
Things here are okay. I am finishing the 5 day chemotherapy protocol today (because they had some problems in the pharmacy my first bag wasn't ready to go until 8:30 so I can't get the last one until 12:20 AM. Annoying). I have an excellent anti nausea drug called Anzamet so I am doing okay with nausea. Seriously guys, if you ever know someone else dealing with cancer, get them on Anzamet, it is a miracle drug. Other than feeling tired, I'm doing okay.