Countdown: Day -9.
Well, here’s my new suite.
My mom and I left a dawning New Ulm at 5 a.m. this morning. I tried to get to bed early, but with all the action a-Twitter of Obama’s “We Got You, Osama” speech, how’s a former DC girl to get to bed? To ease the morning, we detoured to the Backerei for a 40-cent Apple Fritter as a sort of sweet Last Breakfast, or so is my excuse.
We checked in to the four-room pediatric BMT unit promptly at 7 a.m. It’s quite quiet. I’m tucked in an area away from the unit I was in before. For immuno-compromised patients like soon-to-be-me, this unit is specially ventilated and brimming with masks and gloves, so the separation is for good reason. We even got the hoped-for street view. I’m like one of those old people who likes to watch traffic now. My mom is familiarizing herself with the cafeteria order schedule and rules (“No, BMT-patient Jenna cannot order a salad”), making the couch into a makeshift bed for her, and mapping out the essentials – water pitcher, closet space, business office, thermostat.
A very Mayo-ish cavalry of 10 doctors (+residents +fellows) nurses and pharmacists visited my room this morning on their rounds. They okayed my first round of chemo, which was delivered without a hitch over the last few hours. My hair is still latching on and I’m eating cookies at my normal intake level, so given the measures that really count, I’m doing fine.
(Assume English accent) Of course things were much more rigorous this weekend as a few high school lady friends reveled me in a rather lavish Royal Wedding Affair send-off.
The Royal Wedding Party:
Needless to say, my mom and Aunt Cate worked really hard to assemble the excessive party I had planned. And, not to be outdone, my mom’s co-workers held quite the regal “Redneck Wedding” send-off:
And until I make my worldly reappearance, I’ll just keep singing my laments, but reminding myself:
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