There are a probably a lot of questions I haven’t answered, so if you want to know something just ask and I can answer. I guess a couple of the main ones everyone have asked are…
How long will I be in the hopsital? This first stretch I will have 22 days of treatment, so my last scheduled day of chemo is March 19th, then they will have to observe me after that. I’m guessing a week or so still after that.
What happens after that? I don’t know. We hope that the chemo and everything killed all of the cancer cells and I can be in remission. At the beginning the doctor had said it can take about a year. We’ll do this invasive treatment at first, then it will gradually will slow down. Perhaps to the point where I come in once a month and get chemo through outpatient. Once I’m in remission, I will have to go up to Barnes and Wash U to “do some tests”, which turns out it could be a bone marrow transplant surgery, but like I said, we don’t know. I’m really just wanting to get through this first round of being in the hospital and take it day by day.
Do they let you see Ryan? Yep 🙂 They have let him come up to visit for 15 or 20 minutes everyday. Of course he doesn’t understand and just wants to get into everything and all I want to do is hold him, but it is still fantastic to hear him say “mama” and give me a hug. He is staying at John’s parents house. My sister in law Amy came half way across the country to help take care of him. We have Skype so I get to watch him play everyday, which I LOVE. He comes up will show me what he’s playing with and blows me kisses when we’re done. My username is: lowasampsonite if you’d like to add me. I think this will be the only way I make it through a month stay in the hospital.
Are you going to lose your hair? Yep. They say it takes a couple weeks after you start chemo when it will start to fall out. This is one of the things I just cannot wrap my head around. That will be a bad day. At least it will be spring when I get to leave so my head won’t get cold.