Wildflower Seed on the Sand and Stone
December 10, 2021 - Day -6
Blogging Tunes: Grateful Dead: San Diego - 2/20/82
This is my view as I author this blog. So happy to be on the north side of Long this time around!
Just like my transplant 1.0 admit day 10.5 years ago, yesterday was quite the busy day. Heather and I left San Rafael around 9:45a en route to UCSF Parnassus for my 10:30a labs appointment. As we were crossing the bridge, this tow-truck looking thing with a loud siren pulled ahead of us and started weaving back and forth. It slowed traffic to 5mph for 3 or 4 minutes. We have no clue why. If there was any disturbance or problem, it was cleared by the time he sped up and let traffic flow.
Fun tidbit, we were listening to a rousing edition of Stump the Booey on the way into the city. Spoiler: John Hein actually beat Fla-fla-flo-high, and they both beat Heather and me.
After my blood draw (labs), I went to down one floor for a chest X-ray. Here's a 180-degree pano of the the view from the third floor. Notice how dirty the windows are compared to the ones in my room (above.) That's because unlike 400 Parnassus my windows (at the building across the street) are completely shielded from the wind by the wing to the West and North. Clean windows make all the difference but this pano is pretty cool.
I was waiting a long time for the X-ray, to the point where it was going to screw up the rest of the schedule for the day if they didn't get it done quickly. Had I not inquired, and then (nicely but firmly) pushed for them to find another person to help out, I would have had to abort the appointment altogether in order to make my next appointment. Fortunately, it didn't come to that.
Of course all my "counts" -- the results of my "labs" -- were great. Honestly, this past week, I've felt as good as I have in months... that's what remission is all about. I even got some good Peloton rides in with my pal ejs. But that's all about to change.
My 1:00p appointment was to get my "central line" (aka Hickman Line.) This is where they essentially connect a tube to one of your main veins and thread it out your chest so it's easy to give you chemo, draw blood, and give you other meds.
Warning: a PG-13 pic follows.
Here I am all prepped and ready to go:
It was gone in about 5 minutes. Complete inhalation. I probably could have eaten two containers, but also probably best that I didn't. 😀 Oh, check out the fortune in my fortune cookie!