Day 2: Friday, the 13th

Posted on April 16, 2012. Filed under: Cancer | Tags: , , |

What’s worse than a bone marrow biopsy when you have veins the width of strands of hair? A pic-line. Enter the pic-line pros who converted my room into a makeshift OR. Their ultrasound showed a lovely thick vein on my left arm, but when the vein pro went in, it tightened in a most inhospitable way. It was a no-go. So let’s puncture me again! Only this time, go for the vein near that nerve and artery. OOOUCCHHH! I jumped six inches off the bed when the tube hit home, but it was in and the vein was letting it sit there. The hole bled contentedly for the rest of the day and then decided to behave when a nurse changed the dressing. There will be no tank tops this summer.

Another highlight of the day was getting a heart scan. The test was regarded as a baseline because the chemo could cause damage. Once again, the heart scan showed a strong, unclogged heart. Go figure.

At night, they moved me to a larger room that has recirculating air so I won’t get cooties from anyone else’s air. This one has as great view that looks out over the front of the hospital and in the distance, you can see Lake Michigan. Nice. There are also tons of chairs for visitors who only need to enter with a mask.

I’m trying to get used to watching TV in real time. If I want to catch Mad Men this Sunday, I’m going to have to watch the clock because I don’t have the DVR…OH the trials of hospital life!


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G’Day from Down Under!

You are sooo amazing! You already have a blog set up! You go girl!

Our thoughts are with you!

Hugs! Laura and Arthur

Thanks you guys. Great to hear from you.

Emily! There are better ways to spend spring break and other ways to get Russian martial arts guys to pay attention to you!
Keep your sense of humor girl and though we have not spoken in quite a while, I am not far so let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do for you? Need a fresh person to dish with? I am free while the kids are in school. Just let me know. Prayers to you… Tina

Thanks so much, Tina. good to hear from you!

Hey Emily — Thanks for letting us know and keeping us posted. I can only imagine how surreal this whole experience is. I wish I was good at jokes so I could tell you a few bawdy ones. I’m assuming you don’t really want to hear knock-knock jokes appropriate for the elementary-school-aged crowd! Just think of how up on popular culture you’re going to be with all the TV watching. You can keep us all posted on the goings-on of our favorite Kardashians. : )

You, Scott and your daughters are in my thoughts. Hang in there.

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