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Chemotherapy, Volume Two, Round Two B

by Tom on January 12th, 2010

Last Friday was my second intrathecal dose on Depocyt, and yesterday I re-admitted to the hospital to start my second round of high-dose Methotrexate. The drip finished up around 11pm, so the rescue doses of Leucovorin antidote will start up around that time.

This morning I got to be a teaching aide, too! A program coordinator stopped by and asked if I would mind having a second-year UW medical student come in to ask about my patient history and perform some physical examinations. I said “sure!” and for the next hour and a half Preetma asked me about the events leading up to today and did a basic patient physical examination. Not long after, her entire group (along with the coordinating instructor) piled into the room and Preetma was prompted to give a very condensed 5-minute summary of my how-did-we-get-here story.

The instructor had some of the other students examine points of interest regarding my neurological signs, which revealed that some less obvious things still remain to recover. My left eye seems to still exhibit a bit of nystagmus at its extent and my uvula remains a bit deviated to one side (though my velopharyngeal inadequacy feels resolved).

After the session with the class we all chatted for a bit about Jana and my perspectives on what make for effective relationships between doctors and patients.

And now I’m back to working on my computer and enjoying the entirely reasonable room service offered here. My view out the window, while a bit hazy, is nice and interesting. Out of the corner of my eye I can see I-5 and the commute that I’m not stuck taking. :-)

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