Saturday, April 06, 2013
Today was a bit of a red-letter day in that Danny stopped using his walker. His original idea was to surprise his dad by using it at the hospital (where he had two more appointments today) and then discarding it, along the lines of a cripple throwing away his crutch, at his dad's house.
His plan was thwarted when his oncologist wanted to know why on earth he was still using it when it really looked as though he didn't need it - in front of his dad, of course. So, the whole plan came out, alas. She did say she was sorry for ruining his surprise. Since today was his dad's 50th birthday, it was also meant for a birthday present. (Not that Danny didn't have a few more presents up his sleeve - which is to say, in Mom's car.)
On the good side, the oncologist reassured me that the insurance really did approve the treatment at M. D. Anderson, and gave me the phone numbers of the people I need to be in touch with, to get treatment started, and to get some of the expenses reimbursed. If I understand correctly, they will pay for our motel, food, gas, and parking expenses, with a bit extra for wear and tear on the car. It almost sounds too good to be true. Too bad there isn't a bit more extra to pay for the wear and tear on Mom!
That appointment wasn't too bad. The next appointment was the bad one. It wasn't actually bad; it just took way, way too long. This was to have Danny's IQ tested, just for a baseline. Unfortunately, one or more of the chemo drugs can potentially damage a person's IQ. So he was tested today before treatment has started, and he will be tested again later on, to see if there has been a change.
None of my kids has ever had his/her IQ tested before, and I will admit to rampant curiosity as to how well he did. I will have to wait to find out, though, since the psychologist said it will take three to four weeks. At least, with something like five hours of testing(!), one can presume they were plenty thorough enough.
By the time the testing was done, it was after 4:30. By the time we had tracked down my ex-husband (who works there), and he had gotten ready to leave, it was well into rush hour. The drive home felt almost as long as the IQ testing had been, but it was really only one hour. (Twenty to thirty minutes in non-rush hour conditions)
One more very positive thing - Danny feels well enough to start bowling again! He wants to rejoin his regular Saturday league tomorrow morning. I hope it goes well - he still has some muscle weakness and balance problems, but they seem small. So this is very good news. :-)