Mostly medical

I saw Dr. Wehbe yesterday (Thursday), getting in to see him was a bit annoying, but I did get in to see him.  Firstly, they wouldn’t let Teresa come with me as I am mentally and physically able to do a doctor appointment on my own.  Secondly, I chose to wear a mask; hot and uncomfortable and doesn’t really fit right.  And thirdly, when I got there a nurse was blocking in the elevator and made me wait to have my temperature taken and made me use hand sanitizer; she said my temp was 99.3… .2 points short of not being allowed to go upstairs.  And my hands weren’t infected, my car had sat there for a couple months before I drove to see Dr. Wehbe, any virus in there had plenty of time to die.  But I am being petty on the third point, rather have them check everyone than let a sick person through to infect everyone else.

Anyhow, the place looked shut down.  Very few people in a usually packed waiting room.  Caution tape liberally used over the book shelf and the appointment area.  All the staff (except Dr. Wehbe) were in masks (the masks fit them).  Labs were good for being an off week:  Hemoglobin was 11.5 and Platelets 160.  After all that I finally got in to see Dr. Wehbe’s nurse. She asked all the pertinent information and after a brief chat went to fetch the doctor himself.

Dr. Wehbe knocked on the door and said, “Are you wearing a mask?  Because I am not”, when I responded affirmatively he strode in.  For the first time since 2015 he was wearing a white doctor coat instead of his sport coat.  We chatted longer about his coat than we did my illness, but its cool, we are friends too.  About my illness, he said he is very happy with the results of the chemo.  Then he said I might be in line for a second transplant because being on chemo forever would suck.   Then we chatted a little more and then he told me the scheduler would call me later in the day.  I left and came home.

The scheduler may have called, Verizon put anti-spam on my phone, and EVERY call that comes in that isn’t in my phone’s contact list comes up as Possible Spam with zero details.  So, I don’t answer my phone and she didn’t leave a message assuming she called.  Heh, it’s going to be a problem I think.  Since I receive a dozen actual spam calls a day, finding the one that is her is going to be a challenge.  But I have to get scheduled for chemo starting April 13th, so I will figure something out to get to talk to her.

Next doctor thing is Mayo for the bone marrow biopsy and the normal series of appointments.  Will get to see Dr, Alkhateeb lastly.  We have decided we are getting up early to drive there as opposed to going up the night before.  Less chance of being around someone with Corona Virus.  Not that we are not walking into Corona VIrus central that day, as Mayo is a major testing site.  But I gotta go and the sooner the better.  April 10th, I will be masked and let Teresa open all doors and push all buttons.  I will NOT get the Corona VIrus.

Getting up early shouldn’t be much of a problem as I am still waking up between 3:30 and 4am every day.  Staying awake all day IS going to be an issue.  I am used to taking at least 1 nap before noon and occasionally 1 or 2 naps after. So, I will have to figure out how to sleep in the car on the way there and the way back.  I normally can’t sleep in a moving car.   However, I have done it a few times when totally exhausted.  I will get a short nap when they do the bone marrow biopsy at 10:30am, I get mined sedated.  Waking up may be a challenge.  But hey, its all good.  I will survive, just I will be tired as all get out all day.

In Civ 4 Warlords news.  I beat my 20,104 score.  I scored 21,000.  I have a firm grasp of the game on Settler (basic) level.  I kick butt.  However, I still get my buttocks handed to be by Barbarians on Chieftan (the next level up).  It’s just so different between base level and 1 level up.  I will, however, figure out the difference and beat that level too.  Then move up.  There are like 8 levels of difficulty.

The governor still has not issued a stay at home order.  However, Teresa is working from home now.  And all sorts of businesses are closed now, and the restaurants that haven’t closed completely are stuck with carry out or delivery.  We live in a small town, to get anything good restaurantwise we have to drive a fair distance.  So, Teresa is cooking most nights as the grocery stores are still open.  But I am having cravings for a Grinder from The Other Place (yes, that is the restaurant’s name) or a Philly Steak Stack Sandwich from the new IHOP that is a lot closer.  So, maybe this weekend I can convince her to make a run for food, or take me on the run for food.  Oh wait, there is a good Mexican restaurant is in town.  Maybe it won’t be much of challenge convincing her of that.

Well, its 11:56pm, I should really sign off now.  Let me go grab a video.

Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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