Tuesday, August 14, 2007

i'm in

Yes, I'm here. I'm in my room on the eighth floor, which is the transplant ward of Sloan-Kettering. It's clear that the floor and its rooms have been refurbished. Everything looks sleek and new. My room, which faces 68th Street and from which I can see part of Weill Cornell Medical College and the buildings of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, is quite nice, but its disappointedly small. It's considerably smaller than the room I had across the street at NYPH. There are no vacant rooms at the moment, but I was told that when one of the larger rooms become available they'll try to get me in. I plan to take a few photos of the room tomorrow.

I'm not supposed to leave my room except for treatment, which will be the case when I have TBI in a couple of days, or any exams, such as an X-ray.

I met some of the team's doctors, such as the chief Dr. Jakubowski, whom Su and I found be very, very pleasant and down-to-earth. She'll be here until Thursday at which time her shift will be over and she'll be replaced by one of her colleagues.

They started the IV hydration and prophylactic medications. I'll continue to receive these throughout the night and into the morning. I'm scheduled to begin the chemotherapy treatments tomorrow starting with cytoxan. The round-the-clock IV hydration is aimed to protect my kidneys from the cytoxan.

Su decided to spend the night sleeping on the recliner in my room.


Comment Blogger Stratman said...

Best of luck my friend, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

11:50 PM  
Comment Blogger Tom (dB) said...

All the best Duane. I'm thinking of you.

3:30 AM  
Comment Anonymous Emily said...

Tim and I love you and are thinking of you.

8:49 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck.


9:48 AM  
Comment Blogger Lindsey B. said...

Dr. Jacubowsky is great! TBI sucks! I tried to sleep through as much of my transplant as possible - it helps =) let me know if you need anything!!

12:32 PM  
Comment Blogger adrienne said...

I'm a friend of Emily's and have been following your progress via her livejournal. I'm wishing the best for you. You've been doing your research, you've got the right attitude, and you've got a lot of people pulling for you. Those are excellent things.

4:39 PM  
Comment Anonymous Sarah said...


You can do it! :)

How very nice of Su to spend the night in the recliner.

I'm thinking about you.

Sarah (min fasl arabi)

6:52 PM  
Comment Anonymous Sarah said...

So sorry the executive suite isn't to your liking! :)

Hang in there and all the best!

Sarah (the one in DC)

6:55 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hi friends,

Thanks so much for your warm wishes and prayers. I felt so comforted and humbled when I found all your encouraging comments.

Thanks for being there!


P.S. Stay tuned!

12:27 AM  

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