Well...Jen had her final treatment of Round 3 (post-surgery) today. In all, she has gone through approximately 6 months of chemotherapy. As usual, she is still attached to a pump full of the drug known as 5FU and will be disconnected on Friday.
I didn't go with her today, but I guess it was somewhat eventful compared to the usual experience in the "chemo room". It was fairly slow today and at one point Jen and one other older lady were the only patients in the large room that seats around a dozen patients. The lady was receiving her first treatment of a trial drug. No more than 5 minutes into her dosage she began having a strange reaction which include difficulty breathing, vomiting, and a "curling up of the hands". In a short amount of time there were fire fighters and EMS personnel in the room attending to her, in addition to the nursing staff. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital - leaving Jen all alone. Hopefully she is doing much better by now.
I also want to mention Jen's stepfather, Bob, this evening. For those of you that don't know Bob, he is a very funny, intelligent, and inspiring man. In addition to being a great father over the years, Bob developed a career as a very successful physician specializing in anesthesiology. During a bypass surgery just months after Jen and I were married, Bob suffered a massive stroke. Since that time he has worked very hard to regain functions that most of us take for granted (swallowing, speaking, standing, brushing his teeth, etc.). No longer able to practice medicine, Bob finds himself trying to enjoy the simple things in life: time with his wife, watching and playing with his 3 grand daughters, a good book on tape, and cold beer on occasion. I'm certain that if you'd ask him what he attributes his recovery to he'd mention God, his family, doctors, nurses, and the American Stroke Foundation. The Foundation is an organization that helps stroke victims practice and apply skills that will aid them in overcoming their disabilities. Bob has quickly become a permanent and beloved participant at his local Foundation Activity Center. He attends daily with the help of his daughter Robin. The American Stroke Foundation has now become a very important part of his life.
One of the largest fund raisers for the Foundation is its annual Walk on the Wild Side. Bob has been a participant over the past several years and a major fund raiser for this very important event, as every dollar raised helps to enhance and expand the organization. Click on the link below to take a look at Bob's team page (Dr. Bob's Wild Walkers). Any donation or commitment to walk would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to browse the American Stroke Foundation's site and see what the organization is all about. It has brought joy, hope, and much more to Bob's life.