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IV Therapy Finished....Now we wait.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

If you have been following my blog, you know that I have been making weekly visits to the Cleveland Clinic for IVs every Friday to try to help with the symptoms of a blood disorder. Well, I am done! My final scheduled IV was last Friday. It took 4 1/2 hours, which was typical but after I was disconnected, the nurse wheeled me down the hall to a big bell, gathered all the available nurses around us and instructed me to read aloud a plaque on the wall and ring the bell three times. I can't remember what the plaque said, something about finishing a tough time in my life and persevering and hoping to never come back and do this again. Then I rang the bell.....

It was touching. I really didn't want to do it, though. It felt embarrassing to me for some reason. But I decided to do it. I believe in the power of ritual and positive thinking. So I made myself ring the damn bell and recite the quote on the plaque. I am glad that I did.

My blood levels on the final day of therapy had dropped, which was disappointing. I was hoping that the drugs were going to start working by now. But for some people the drugs don't start to show a change for 4-9 months. In the meantime I have to take a lot of medicine, with horrible side effects to keep my platelets at a safe level. I was hoping to taper off of the drugs soon. But that is not going to happen until my blood levels start to rise.

So, I just have to wait, eat well and not get sick. I have no immune system right now so getting a virus could set me back.

Great news though... About a month ago, one Friday as I was connected to the IV at the Clinic, I decided I needed a vacation.

So at the end of the month I am going to the beach for a week. I want to sit in a beach chair, under an umbrella and feel the ocean breeze on my skin. My husband, 3 children and spouses are coming too. It will be a lovely family vacation.....

I can hardly wait. It certainly has to be warmer in Myrtle Beach, SC than it is here in Cleveland, Ohio... at the end of May....

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    I'm celebrating with you that your IV treatment is over. How wonderful to honor your intuition to go on vacation and feel the ocean breezes. Enjoy your time away and come back even healthier. Sending healing prayers for your flourishing and wellbeing.
    2515 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm so glad you decided to take a vacation. It's awesome that your family is going to share that time with you. emoticon

    I'm glad your IV therapy is over. You will be in my prayers I hope you celebrated that milestone.
    2515 days ago
    I hope you continue to do well with your health my prayers will be with you and have a blast on your vacation you deserve it after all this
    2516 days ago
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