If it's possible to be encouraged about one's husband starting chemotherapy, you could say that I am. Phil's oncologist is wonderful. He wants to start Phil on chemo just one day a week (he had originally said two), and is willing to be flexible if we have a conflict, as we will on April 17. (Phil will either skip treatment that week, or do it on Friday.) True to my word, I let Dr. Smith talk first, and allowed Phil to ask some of his own questions before I asked the questions that hadn't already been answered. (Was Dr. Smith serious when he said I ask good questions? He's such a kidder . . .) Also encouraging is that his patients on this medication do very well and experience few side effects. I pray it is that way for Phil; he has a very sensitive stomach, which has been made worse since his diagnosis of kidney failure and Multiple Myeloma.
For the full report of today's appointment, go to Phil's Caring Bridge site.
I didn't get any stitching done as they called Phil back almost as soon as we arrived today, and then the doctor came in immediately. Starting next week, I'll get at least an hour of forced stitching time as I sit with Phil during his infusion!