Day 27 of Course 1 of the Induction phase of UKALL XII treatment, for adult ALL (Philadelphia Neg). Phew. OK. Now that’s out of the way.
Nothing much happening this week, just the routine jabs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We’re winding down Course 1 and preparing to move on to Course 2. As far as treatments are concerned, I’ve not had much. But I’ve had nearly a dozen bags of plasma, clotting agents, platelets, blood and all sorts of minerals and vitamins pumped into me over the last few days. It’s fine, as it helps me heal and I don’t feel that tired all the time. The L-Asparaginase can also muck the clotting up, so I am getting 4 bags of a clotting agents and some Calcium before getting the jab today.
Met with the consultant in charge of Leukemia patients today. There are about 6 consultants in the hospital. They operate on a monthly rotation so we usually get to see more than 1 consultant during our stay here. They come over and say ‘Hi’ every Monday and Thursday, and take the opportunity to tell the patients how they’re doing and so on and so forth. The consultants also meet amongst themselves once a week, to talk about the patients and their plan for their treatment. Apparently they don’t talk about me much, which is good! They usually discuss patients who are not doing so well! So please, don’t talk about me!
I asked about home leave (where the patient is allowed to go home for a few days to ‘recharge’), and in most cases, patients are actually encouraged to go home for a few days. I’m not sure when this is happening, or for how long, but it’s something that the doctors and consultants here will decide after I finish my last jab (Saturday) and after they monitor my condition for a few days.
So fingers (and eyes and toes) crossed, I will be back for a few days sometime next week, hopefully in time for Chinese New Year. A bit of a milestone to start the year of the Rabbit with.