The Alien Within: 33 – Patience & Patients…
Impatient patient is not an option…
I was early for my Bloods today! And ended up waiting over an hour to be seated and worked on, which in the scheme of things is neither here nor there.
I really do not mind anyway, patience is virtuous, right…
Whilst minding my own in the waiting room, a lady patient came in and sat next to me. Nothing extraordinary about that, it was one of the few seats left in a busy period. She kicked off the discussion by asking if there was WiFi. Turns out she had left her phone at home and needed to send a message to her partner. As I receive full 4G in the Day Unit, she connected her Samsung (?) pad thingy through my Personal Hotspot facility to send her message.
During the wait, we chatted generally about our reason for being there, in the Day Unit and exchanged detail about the Aliens we are nurturing. Her mother had experienced Breast Cancer, twice! Apparently this lady was a keen gym goer and just thought any changes were down to her recent fitness activities. Big mistake!
By the time they discovered she had Breast Cancer, the tumour was already 10cm!
I am just stunned, given her maternal history and all the stuff there is and has been about this particular variant for ladies, she could even think not to properly check any change in the physical appearance of her breasts.
All of this only happened three weeks ago and she was in for her first Chemo treatment, on a long road to dealing with the advanced tumour she was carrying. Surgery is part of her treatment, plus reconstructive work afterwards to deal with the consequences. I really felt for her situation and sincerely hope she makes it through the long and arduous process.
Maybe our paths will cross in the Day Unit again at some point.
In the end, my Bloods results were fine, although somewhat lower than Monday’s, but this is to be expected. The Lenograstin injections finished today, meaning a more dramatic drop will likely be the result come the next Bloods, Friday.
Generally, I am feeling much better today, certainly not anywhere near as tired as the last couple of days. The background side effects remain, of course, and will probably stick around for the duration. We will deal with those and any others that show their faces, with patience and resolve!
This patient is definitely not going to be messed with…
NEXT: Cycle 2 – Day 11 (Is this better, more logical?)