Back again and a private room! It’s a wonderful beginning to the final hurrah. I’m all hooked up to the IV and they’ve begun the pre-medications. First dose of IL-2 is at 7:00am tomorrow. I am ready - bring it on! I am interested to see what happens this time. Dr. Hong said to expect fewer doses and a heavier response this time. Just like last time, my main goal is to stay out of the ICU (especially since I have a fabulous private room). So far I’ve seen Dr. Hong (he’s on call tonight) and a bunch of fabulous nurses who have stopped by to welcome us back. While of course I don’t want to be here receiving treatment for longer than absolutely necessary, it will be sad to leave knowing that I will not see the wonderful people here who have come to mean a lot to me. Although I’ll be back frequently for scans so there will always be chances to come to the unit to say hello. Dr. Schaub is on vacation with his family, so another Fellow, Dr. K, will be my primary doctor for this round. He was here during my last round, filling in for Dr. Rossati, so we already know and like him.
I’m so happy this is the last round of IL-2. I am thankful that it’s working and all of the side effects are of course worth the outcome, but I am happy not to ever do it again. And I am happy not to have to leave sweet baby Kai again. He is such a sweetheart and every second with him is sheer pleasure. It will be so wonderful to be home after this round, knowing that we are finished. Even if it doesn’t completely cure me (which it will), at least I know that I have some time before we would have to think about doing something else (which we won’t ever have to think about since the IL-2 will cure me). This is just a short post to say I am here and ready to go! I meant for today’s post to be longer and more meaningful, but it’s late and I’ve already received the sweet, sweet injectable Benadryl. My mind is mushy and my typing fingers aren’t cooperating with my thoughts. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the end. Thank goodness for that.
Today I am thankful for all of my extraordinary doctors and nurses; the IL-2 that will cure me; my mother- and father-in-law who are taking care of Kai and much more; all of our wonderful friends and family; and, as always, my amazing Jeff and perfect baby Kai. Only a few more days apart in exchange for a lifetime together.