After spending five difficult nights and days in the hospital, Robert was released Monday afternoon. He finished the five days of IV chemo but still had 5 more chemo treatments by injection. Before we left the hospital, his wonderful nurses gave me the opportunity to give Robert the Monday afternoon injection. Needless to say, I was a nervous wreck but did a good job according to Robert:) Today I have given the 5am and 5pm injections without hurting him. Only two more tomorrow and all the chemo will be over for this trip. I have to flush his PICC lines before the night is over. This nursing duty is totally out of my confidence levels. Robert still has to go for lab work three days a week and meet with his doctor on August 8. The chemos have really dropped his counts even lower so he is wearing a mask when we are out in public and we are both washing our hands all the time. He is feeling somewhat better; has been able to eat some food and is walking around to get his strength back up.
After 8 days at the Rotary House hotel (owned by MD Anderson and connected to the hospital by a skywalk), we had to move to a different hotel as the Rotary House was booked. It is a wonderful place to stay; I have learned to book as soon as you know you are coming back and book for an extra week just to be sure you will have a room. It is a very popular place due to the convenience and everyone there has a family member/friend in the same situation you are so there is a lot of sharing of stories and helpful tips. All of the hotels in the Medical Center district offer medical discounts and shuttle service to MD Anderson.
Thank you all for your continued prayers. As I have said before, we have a long road ahead of us.