That gave us time to go and get some food, though, and I had the most delicious lunch in a lovely Italian restaurant. This was an unexpected bonus, because Id written off the chances of going out for a meal for a good long time (because I have to be so careful about what I eat, how things are cooked etc), but the nurses and doctors were fine with me going to a good, reputable restaurant. And it tasted soooooooooooo good. Eating nice food was one of the best things about being at home, and hospital food was probably the thing I was looking forward to least about coming back in. So it was great to make the most of good food before coming back in.
My old room was empty, so Im back in Number 3, and that means I have the same phone number too. Ive brought back some of the stuff I had in here before, but not everything, as it would have just been silly. If you gave me a book and its not here with me, it is just because I cant read all of them at once: I may not have a chance to start it during this four-week stint, but rest assured Ill get to it at some point! If you lent me anything, want it back and I dont have it here (again because theres only SO much stuff you can bring into hospital), let me know and Ill get someone to bring it up next time they visit.
So, the four weeks of Phase 2 start tomorrow, because the doctors registered to give chemotherapy intrathecally arent in today (perhaps they thought about coming in but said well, no chance George will have got his counts up yet, so I shant bother). I get intrathecal one day, followed by intravenous each of the next four days, then a day off, then the same cycle, approximately. Oh, and chemo tablets every day, too. All fun.
My neutrophils are actually up to 1.1, which means Im not neutropaenic (<1), though thats still well below the normal level of 1.8. It does mean I am allowed out of my room, and theyll let me know if that changes. I am still tired and dont have enormous amounts of energy, and having more chemo is unlikely to help that, but its nice to know I can be a bit freer. They might be able to let me out on Christmas Day, which would be nice, though my family are going to be staying just down the road, so even if I cant escape the hospital theyll certainly be around.
Interestingly, tomorrow is Day -1. Im not sure why Phase 2 starts in the minus, but will ask.