Day four of the forced diet. I have learned one thing...Mexican food is my greatest temptation. Hands down. I wanted to lick the salsa off the chips!! I didn't but I sure as heck wanted to!! I went with the girls from work. I was good, just chatted with them and drank my shake and a Diet Coke (or two!)
I have also picked my oncologist here in town. I talked to the scheduler at the cancer center near the high school here. I told her who had been recommended as doctors (Burns, Sumrall, an Al-Hajj). I told her I feel like I was throwing a dart and not sure if it would matter much who I chose. She asked me what I wanted in a doctor. I DON'T KNOW!! THATS then the tears started...damnit!! I fought through the tears and crackly voice and said I want was a doctor who will give me all the gory details, all the pictures everything. So, the choice she recommends is Sumrall. Ok, I'm good with that. Decision made unless the folks at Mayo say NO.
And I still tear up going over it again...this is so not me. I'm a planner, take charge, make the changes, get it done gal. This? This unknown rattles me to the core. So, I should be better now, right? Hahahaha! Eh, maybe. In time. Maybe never.
This whole thing gets me. Work really pisses me off. It takes THIRTY DAYS to get approved to telework from home. Really? Thirty days? Are you freaking kidding me?? AND I have to have a letter from my doctor with plans, times, etc.
Ok. I can do something about that, Right? Go back to the local idiot, get him to write the letter. Yeah, that didn't work. I had to PAY $20 to turn in the paperwork for them to write the letter. Again, are you freaking kidding me? Ok, whatever. If this will get the letter faster, then that's the faster the process will go because I'm sure my timeline outside of treatment is shrinking. If things go as fast as it dies for some, I could start the week of the 10th...so 15 days away?
Yeah, not a lot of leeway for a chick with only three weeks worth of leave (give or take a few days in there). Yeah, no comments on that from the peanut gallery! I have had a few crowns, kids doctor appointments that, as she's not 18, I still have to attend. Plus, I take care of mom as needed for appointments that require a driver - and honestly I do NOT begrudge those days. It's the reality of what needed to done with minimal mental health days. Only one in the last 6 months or so...that's reasonable, right?
Anyway, it's frustrating to have to deal with paperwork when it's the last thing I need to deal with, ya know? No one should have to fight for the right to work from home while doing chemo. Especially if you will immunocompromised during these types of treatments. It's shameful. And disheartening. And frustrating.
Speaking of planning, I had to sit down with a spreadsheet to figure out when I can do what for the 5th and the 6th as far as food/drink, actions, things to do to prep for FOUR appointments. Now two of these are labs at noon on the 5th. So that's one stop :)
12:00 AM No food fasting lab
1:00 AM No food fasting lab
2:00 AM No food fasting lab
3:00 AM No food fasting lab
4:00 AM No food fasting lab
5:00 AM No food fasting lab
6:00 AM No food fasting lab
7:00 AM No food fasting lab
8:00 AM Enema
9:00 AM No food fasting lab
10:00 AM Enema
11:00 AM No food fasting lab
12:00 PM Labs
1:00 PM No food but water and possibly broth from after lab to 12:50 drink up!!
2:00 PM 2:50 CT
2:00 PM No drink 2 hr prior
3:00 PM No drink 2 hr prior
4:00 PM MRI (4pm)
5:00 PM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
6:00 PM Moviprep every 15 minutes till gone
7:00 PM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
8:00 PM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
9:00 PM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
10:00 PM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
11:00 PM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
12:00 AM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
1:00 AM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
2:00 AM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
3:00 AM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
4:00 AM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
5:00 AM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
6:00 AM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
7:00 AM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
8:00 AM 8:30 Oncology
9:00 AM No shakes!!! CLEAR BROTHS
10:00 AM 10:00 Radiology
11:00 AM Clear liquid - maybe?
12:00 PM no drink 2 hr prior
1:00 PM no drink 2 hr prior
2:00 PM 1:30 Colonoscopy
Yeah, you're allowed to laugh at the fact the dirty word ENEMA is seen TWICE again. Yeah, shoot me now, but at least I get this in a hotel is a "plus" this time 😜 No fast food bathroom for me!! Ha. And as I'm not eating anyway, not sure it matters about the Moviprep, but we shall follow instructions. BUT what this means to me? Chinese food broth!! 😀😀😀 Yeah, small things to look forward to, but I'm grasping for silver linings at this point 😳