Chemo #12

Rain and clouds are the perfect weather for treatment day. You imagine the world slows just a little, as it should. We aren’t missing friends at the pool, the sprinkler in the yard, or a late-night walk catching fireflies. It’s not so bad ordering in, instead of grilling. And a game of Tens and Twos on the fifth floor of the hospital seems brighter than the rain that falls and puddles on the stained rooftops below.

Today was chemo #12. Leah was a trooper for the poke, and we were happy to have a favorite nurse. Tens and Twos, painting a sunset on a mini canvas, and watching Four Weddings were the highlights. She continues to feel very achy and sick about a half hour into the treatment, which typically takes three hours. The ride home and evening are equally difficult. We are still working on ways to make her feel more comfortable.

Monday, we are back to physical therapy to work on her limp and increasingly sore ankles. Then, mid-July we meet with a nephrologist to monitor her kidneys and high blood pressure, which is a result of the chemotherapy.

On a more exciting note, Leah and I were invited to participate in a panel representing the Expressive Therapy Center. The therapy includes art, music, and poetry. We will speak at a meeting of residents and other hospital staff, and Leah will perform Cups with her music therapist. We decided that Leah is the main speaker, and I’m just the back-up. She loves her audience 🙂