Saturday, November 19, 2005

recon mission in BMT unit

The 4th and final day of this cycle of DICE ended tonight. Now that I'm disconnected from the infusion pump-IV pole, I can walk around the unit freely. Boy, do I feel better! The thing that would top this is going home, which will be tomorrow morning I'm told. Having heard about the large spacious rooms in the BMT unit, I thought that I should take this opportunity to see if I could get a peek at them. So, not too very long ago I was taken on a brief tour of the BMT unit by a nurse at the neighboring nursing station.

The BMT unit, I must point out, is a seperate part of the 10th floor oncology unit. The BMT unit is seperated from the rest of the floor by two large doors, which are labelled clearly with the title, "Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplant Unit." On my daily walks around the oncology unit, I stop always before those double doors hoping to get a look at what lies beyond them. I would pierce through the two small square windows of those formidable doors, but there's not much that I can see other than the equipment in the hallway.

So, indeed I was excited to get a sneak peak of the area that will become my home for about 3-4 weeks during the transplant. The BMT unit is shaped liked a rectangular horse shoe with the rooms lining the length of both its sides. It has about 18 rooms most of which are about the same size as the room that I'm in now. 2 are 4-5 times the size of my room, but the nurse told me that they're not really that great. She said something about one of them being haunted. I didn't really understand what she meant by this, but I didn't question her for a clarification either. Some of the regular sized rooms faced the East River and I was told that I should request one of them if possible. I most certainly will try to do so. In the center of the unit, one finds the nursing station which is much smaller than its counterpart in the oncology unit though equally attractive. A little further down at the area of the unit that connects the two parallel wings, one finds a family waiting room and directly opposite it is a large window that faces the FDR drive below and the 59th Street Bridge in the distance. It's a wonderful view at night! Other than a few offices, such as the office of the social worker, that's really it. The BMT seems to be a very intimate and private area of the floor.

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