Tuesday, March 15, 2011

15th March Chemo Day 22

Another long day at the hospital. But a relatively pleasant environment in the chemo day unit helps the time to pass in quite a peaceful although usually frustrating way. It remains baffling that from our experience no hospital seems capable of providing a timely appointment system which does no favours to seriously ill people. I understand doctor patient interviews will always be irregular time wise but chemo is in most cases easily calculated. How come I telephone just before leaving home and am told appointments are on time so we immediately travel and have to wait 2 hours before being attended to? Patience is a Christian virtue that is certainly being tested in me, although Jane is marvellous and she absolutely refuses to let me complain to the reception staff who are on the front line of organising this. I felt a little better after pacifying another patient who was beginning to get quite worked up with his identical problem. We remain massively grateful to all who work there despite these complaints and suspect that if I were doing that job even longer delays would result… it’s always easy to complain from a position that lacks a full picture of what’s really happening! 

Anyway all went well with hopefully a good result maybe even better than the first cycle as a couple of corrections have been made to the way treatment was administered as staff did not diligently follow an unusual and new procedure detailed on the prescription as they should have. Jane’s doctor exercised his authority to ensure things were done right this time but apparently no harm done and indeed a passing comment by a nurse today revealed that Jane’s blood test was not just OK but actually gave a good result now. This was an area of concern as she had also been given wrong instructions, despite us querying them, as to when to take injections to boost her white blood cells… 7 days later than she should have. These are responsible for the immune system and could explain why Jane has possibly got a slight infection in her lungs which is being treated with antibiotics.

We really do need to pray more about some of these quite minor details as there is no need for these unnecessary complications. Even one of the oxygen machines delivered only yesterday malfunctioned! This chemotherapy is currently the only medical treatment offered for Jane and we need to make the most of it.

Galatians 5v22 ‘But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.’ (NLT)

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