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Sometimes it's hard to be a "patient" patient

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

It was a long day at the oncology clinic today, more time spent just waiting than anything else. My appointment was at 11am but I did not get called in to see my doctor til after 12:15pm. Nothing new to report except he says it's time for a bone scan again, I'm getting that done on the 29th of this month. Then it was more waiting til I got a room for the chemo, then waiting for the lab work to come back before it could be started. My hemoglobin went down lower from last week, which did not surprise me, as tired as I have been. I had more waiting after my Zofran (for nausea) drip was done, it happened to be lunch hour there for the nurses so there was about a half hour wait til my actual chemo was started.

I have next week off from chemo, but I have to go in and get a blood count done, because chances are, the chemo I had to today will probably make my hemoglobin drop some more and it's possible I may need a blood transfusion.

Yesterday I had lunch out with my mom and some friends, and then went grocery shopping. I got tired out from that, of course, but I think today was even more tiring with the all the waiting around I did. I did not get home til after 2:30pm today. Usually the waiting around doesn't bother me that much, especially since I spend that time reading, but today, the wait for everything was longer than usual and it was quite irritating today. It's funny how people waiting to see the doctor or get medical things done are called "patients", with the amount of waiting involved it's hard to be a "patient patient", LOL!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CTUPTON 1/12/2013 3:49PM

    You have a great attitude. I know you will say--well, what are you gonna do! But you still impress me. And I know you'd probably not want to have the 'wonderful' opportunity to prove it. It does not seem at all fair that you should have to wait so long. The process is yuky enough.

Do you have any special events happening to take your mind off this stuff? I hope so. And does someone go with you to the appointments? It was weird, but my daughter's boyfriend just took me too and from my colonoscopy appointment. I , of course, asked her but she had just started a new, overwhelming project at work.

Saying a few more prayers for your good health and the peace to endure the process of getting there. emoticon emoticon


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BIBS4664 1/9/2013 8:56PM

    Sorry you had to have a tincture of time with your clinic visit. Blessings.

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/9/2013 8:17AM

    I don't like to wait! It is so draining! Hopefully, you don't have that issue very often!!

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GOANNA2 1/8/2013 10:15PM

    Sorry that you you had to wait so long today.
Have a good week off chemo. emoticon

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ELLFIN3 1/8/2013 8:07PM

    Sorry it took so long today!! I hope you fell OK tomorrow!! Love You!! ((HUGS))

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/8/2013 6:13PM

    Having helped two dear people in my life with their treatments, I understand exactly what you are saying. I took one up to
the City of Hope and stayed with her in
their little village for a few days. I saw so
much first-hand.

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