OK, so I’m a little behind. I figure I get to miss deadlines. 🙂
I’m gonna cover my first two days in the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
We got up early on Saturday, and headed down to get this party started. We, means Deanna, my mother, my father, and yours truly. My fabulous sister has taken over the duty of Carp kid wrangler. She’s up to the task.
Because it was the weekend, the plan hatched by my oncologist on the Central Coast was that I walk right into the ER, and give them the low down. So we did that. They seemed to accept this plan, and I was in an ER bed within minutes. (See below)
Of course the tests begin all over again, as well as the lengthy personal medical histories. I say histories because every single time a new person walked in, I was asked to tell it all over again. And having not recovered my voice from the laryngitis I had during the pneumonia, it was exhausting!
This pretty much covers my time in the ER, until my bed was finally ready “upstairs”, at around 5pm.
Guess what happened when I finally got up to the Leukemia wing? Yep, you guessed it, I was retelling my medical history again, twice. With all this moaning on, I must admit that at every step of the way, the staff have been fantastic. The ER staff were great. My first two nurses upstairs were great. The two docs who coordinated my arrival upstairs, were great.
A side note is important, that I’ll probably refer back to many times. Guess what. I hate needles. No, I HATE NEEDLES! I’m fine with you being stuck, just not me. It hurts, and it makes me crazy. I can sit still, but I just can’t stand it. Deanna has pointed out that I’ll most likely arrive at a new level of acceptance with needles, pretty soon. I can’t help but agree.
A fun story from the ER. My ER nurse had to do a unique blood draw, from an artery. No biggy, I hate them all, so this one was no different. She took care of business, and I have little to complain about. As soon as she’s done, she leans down and says, “I wasn’t going to say anything before I did that, but that was my 2nd time doing that.” Yikes! We actually all had a good laugh at that one.
So, the first day ended with me exhausted from talking so dad-gum much, all day long. But, I’m in my bed, and the process is getting started, so I could have more to complain about. Sleep wasn’t great, but it could have been worse.
On to the second day, today. I must admit, we didn’t do much today. I got my first taste of a sponge bath, but I did this one myself. I got to go for a walk, around the wing, and that was pretty exhausting In fact, I think I over did that one. This evening’s walk was much shorter, and I kinda liked it.
The big treat of today’s limited activities was that my sister and bro-in-law brought our kids down! It was wonderful to be with them. Seriously! Even when they were watching a movie on my mom’s iPad, I was glad to have them in the room. They did a pretty decent job behaving, considering how boring a hospital room can be.
My princess hung around a little longer, heading back later this evening with my mom. She was a treat. A couple times, when others were out on walks, etc, it was just my daughter and I chillin in the room. We were able to chat a little, and just hang. I’ll cherish her desire to visit with me, forever.
I know I won’t get to see the kids every day, and I understand. So, I’m gonna hold onto those days that I do get to see them.
On another note, I’d like to point out that I plan on sharing about this leukemia battle and how it plays out for me. A lot of these posts will be day to day, and a little therapeutic for me. For the nitty gritty, especially the numbers, etc, you’re going to need to connect with my sister, who is planning to coordinate with Deanna, to share those details accordingly.
So, yesterday’s Scripture verse that encouraged and lifted me up was…
2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Today’s prayer has been…
I’m praying for strength from the Lord that I will weather this storm glorifying Him.