Doug has come a long way in a day. Above is his self-portrait he sent. Yesterday had to be the nadir. Nadir is the low point. I learned that word by reading about chemotherapy where they use the word nadir to describe the low point in the body’s white blood cell count. Yesterday was so bad that I wrote a lengthy post this morning but couldn’t bring myself to push the publish button. If anybody would like to read it just let me know and I’ll email the story to you; otherwise, it is better off left behind.
In certain circles, I am accused of “over-exaggerating things” and been given the insulting moniker “Mr. Doom and Gloom”–doesn’t necessarily sound like someone you’d want to spend any time with; but, I suppose Doug has acquired a tolerance for said “Mr.” over nearly thirty years which is all that really matters. That being said; yesterday was horrible for Doug.
Today he has made an amazing rebound from yesterday’s low point. For the first time in about five days, I watched him eat almost a whole plate of food and his vanilla pudding despite the fact he felt it had a “fake texture”. If he was willing to complain about something that petty he had definitely come a long way!
He had a whole day without running a fever. His trips to the bathroom have decreased, however, he still can’t walk with his legs together–kind of like a cowboy who’d been riding too long. The dark circles under his eyes were gone. We talked and laughed and joked; it was like an hour in heaven. For the first time, he said his pain was a 5 on the scale from one to 10. He is getting hydrated finally after they gave him a big jug to drink from instead of little styrofoam cups; his urine is no longer the color of Galliano.
I had a talk over the phone with his nurse about midnight last night. That’s all I’m going to say; but since he is getting a little more attention.
He still has a long way to go but there is word on the street of him maybe getting out by Friday. However, being Mr. Doom and Gloom, I don’t see him coming home quite that soon all though I desperately hope and pray that it is so.
Keep the good vibes coming. You too Wally! I know you are here.