It takes a special person to be a teacher, I am obviously biased but agree, but mannnn does it take a special person to be a nurse! First off, I'm a fainter. Not just getting my blood either....all the time. The pure sight of hospital rooms, iv's, blood, and even just the talking about it makes me go 2 sheets to the wind. I don't know how nurses deal with all they do, not even just the medical side, but the constant caring and concern they do nonstop. Nope, I couldn't do it. Just like there are special teachers such as our amazing special education group and behavior unit, I feel like there are special nurses like cancer nurses and hospice nurses (yes, they are all wonderful, but it takes an even more special individual for these roles.)
I have been lucky enough to have AMAZING nurses at my oncologist office. My one main RN, Cynthia, is probably my age and the most amazing person/nurse I could ask for! Being a cancer nurse, you know that some of your patients unfortunately aren't going to make it, as with hospice, but yet these people give their all to make your last days a little bit more bright and less stressful. I've been brainstorming what gifts I can start bringing her, although I'm sure (like teachers) sweets may be overdone so I gotta get creative! She makes my chemo and lab trips bearable which takes a lot!
As for my personal, in-home nurses, my parents. Poor things, this year has been a complete crap chute for them when it comes to me! First, in February I broke my foot and had to get a screw put in and wasn't able to walk for months and had to live with them for several weeks since my apartment is on the 3rd floor. Then I had a tonsillectomy and even though I only stayed with them a night or two, they still had to do the whole hospital fun with me. And now cancer....till at least January. By the time the year ends they should be honorary RN's : )
This week was thankfully just a lab/dr week. Tuesday after my appointment I was having some pretty brutal pains in my chest and throat so my dr called in a couple prescriptions which thankfully helped tremendously. Unfortunately, one of the many symptoms from chemo that I've had lately is bone pain. I'm just sore all over...but I guess I'll take that over throwing up any day!
I'm crossing my fingers my levels will be ok and my mass a little smaller soon to finally get my port put in! We shall see...
The last picture is my Care Box delivery. It includes lots of medical, comfort, and drink items that should help me the next few months. If you haven't heard of Care Box and are looking for something to donate to or be a delivery driver it's definitely a great program to look in to!
On an unexpected Cancer journey...