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Back to the Hospital ("If Winter Comes" No. 23)
Back to Seton today, same walk down the hall way down to the elevators but then only up to 1st floor. Checked in to pre op. This is where they do all the pre op and post op for the whole hospital, anything from small things to brain surgery.
Waiting in the room and this guy comes in - Mark. He has to draw some blood and put in IV. He was talking a lot about where the best place is to put the IV AND that he is the BEST to put it in. Mark put the needle in but didn't get it right away but fairly quickly it was all there. AJ was pulling some faces that it was annoying pain, Mark said that once he was done he could let the hand down and it would feel better.
Mark left and we were sitting there and AJ is cursing the IV, says it hurts... After about 10-15 min the other nurse Anne comes in and we tell her it hurts and then she says, I didn't know he was putting one in. Let me double check... comes back and says its not needed and pulls it out. To AJ's joy :) But then it starts hurting and he has a small bump where Mark put in the IV instead. Not terrible, just like an annoying pain, that didn't have to be there at all. They also kept him from eating, which we think was a mistake.. urghh :) He couldn't eat until the procedure was done, but I think that the Seton when they called him yesterday and did the pre reg, didn't know what he had done, they thought it was surgery... and then they can't eat after midnight. So the whole morning until about 2 pm he didn't eat anything. I think he was hungry too when he was reacting about the IV, but totally understandable.
He got rolled in to this room where I took the pictures and little film clip. Laid on the table and they took the xray before they did the spinal tap with chemo. The nurse said it was a very small amount they put in since they are targeting the bone marrow directly.The drug they injected is called Methotrexate. Afterwards he had to lay flat for about 2 hours so that he wouldn't get spinal head ache which they say can be really painful.
After that we went home and he's been taking it easy in bed after that. He is feeling ok, took a few nausea tablets when we got home. He says that he is not feeling super sick more 'just' toxic. Seems like its just weird feeling, not a feeling of normal and not super bad.... But his mood is great and he is positive about it all.