Calendar Gymnastics and 2024 Do Over

Not to brag but I think I set a record for the most visits to different hospitals and doctors offices for different people and different reasons in a ten day period. This blog isn’t about me but I have to share this because it’s so unbelievable I kind of laughing. I have to find humor in this whole thing some how, right??? Here is a recap of my past ten days:

December 25: Christmas evening spent at Northwestern hospital ER in Chicago because my daughter Gina went into anaphylactic shock after we ate at a swanky Chinese restaurant. On CHRISTMAS day. Thank god she had her epipen. Yes, she’s fine now and we are somehow laughing about it.  

December 27: University of Chicago Hyde Park Clinical Trial Consult with Dr. Gini Fleming and Hemotology Oncology Fellow Frank Wen and failed attempt to drain ascites fluid. Incision likely causes massive hematoma a week later. 

December 29: Northwest Cancer Center in Crown Point for Mom’s check in with Dr. Sidani and NP Erica.  Discuss all options.

January 2: University of Chicago in Streeterville to get my 23 year old son primary care check up with Dr. Sharon Duval and labs in prep for rheumatology consult with Dr. Reem Jan. Suffering from inflammatory joints in hands and feet. 

January 3: Cancer Care Center in Hobart to meet with Radiologist Dr. Aguirre. Consultation to determine if we pursue radiology. 

January 4: Back to University of Chicago in Streeterville (downtown Chicago) for my son in morning with Dr. Reem Jan. Immediately after drive back to St Mary’s for repeat at the failed paracentesis She saw Interventional Radiology, Brad Johnson. Saw Dr. Sidani in hallway, countless nurses.  Discovered hematoma. 

January 5: Friday standing visit with Dr. Sidani at Northwest Cancer Centers in Crown Point. Three hours there for Labs. Taxol. Sent to Community Hospital in Munster for Blood Transfusion. Five hours there. 

January 6: Saturday – second blood transfusion at Community in Munster for two hours. ER for three falls this week for another five hours. Then the hospital valet misplaced my keys and they were lost for at least 30 more minutes before found in some back office instead of the key box where they belonged. 

Schedule next two weeks

Tues, January 9:
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #1 

Wed, January 10:
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #2

Thurs, January 11:
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #3

Friday, January 12:
Northwest Cancer Center Crown Point for Labs, Dr Sidani and Taxol chemo treatment 
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #4

Monday, January 15:
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #5
I fly to London for work after appointment

Tues, January 16
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #6
I’m in London for work

Wed, January 17
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #7
I’m in London for work 

Thurs, January 18
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #8
Fly home from London

Friday, January 19
Northwest Cancer Center Crown Point for Labs, Dr Sidani and Taxol chemo treatment 
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #9

Monday, January 23
Cancer Care Center Hobart Radiation Session #10

I’m sure there will be some surprises in here but that’s our plan. I feel like an Olympic gymnast going for the gold in calendar gymnastics. Definitely ready for a redo on 2024.  The only thing I like is that we do have a plan – Weekly Taxol with a Kung Fu radiation punch to the aggressive tumors. Again, this is strictly palliative at this juncture. There is no hope to cure, only to slow down and control.  Between me, my Aunt Tina and my Aunt Maria – my mother Theresa has an squad of help. 

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