Maggie told me yesterday that with some of my writing on this blog I tend to have a flare for the dramatic. The words shot like ice daggers from her lips into my ears, splitting my skull on their way to my heart. As shame and passion overcame my soul, I rended my shirt, crying aloud “Why?” as the lashing my lover had bestowed found its final resting place, deep in my psyche only to be uncovered years later by a psychiatrist, paid well for her mental spelunking. Hmmm… Maybe Maggie’s right.
Maggie’s back in Houston. Shocker, no? I delivered her to the Angel Flight pilot. He delivered her to Houston. And someone there delivered her to MD Anderson. Amazing. And wonderful.
The airplane she road in was nice – four seats and one propeller. She said the flight was fine. A little bumpy on the take off and landing but otherwise it was 45 minutes of uneventfulness. The drive to the hospital, she said, was worse than the flight because of Houston’s atrociously bumpy roads.
After treatment is complete (1-ish) a lady is meeting her out front to drive her back to the airport where she’ll catch her return flight at around 2:30PM. It’s like magic fairies just pick her up and drop her off where she needs to be, when she needs to be there. Angels, I’m sure they prefer to be called.
Getting back, however, may become more of a challenge. I just spoke to Maggie who told me she’s still waiting on her first blood draw (10:50AM). Yikes. She was supposed to be finished with that about 9:30AM. That causes her treatment schedule to slide substantially. If everything goes smoothly now she won’t be done at MD Anderson until 2:30PM at the earliest, just when her flight is scheduled to leave. Leave it to them to screw up a perfectly good plan. Grumble.
Here’s the schedule we have had:
9:30AM – draw blood, wait 1.5 hours for results
11:00AM – start treatment
11:30AM – finish treatment, wait 1.5 hours for observation
1:30PM – done for the day
Add in the randomness of “we may have a doctor come give you a brief exam before your treatment and, if we do, it’ll extend your visit by about an hour.”
Wow, these next weeks are going to be… uh… replete with opportunities to learn.