Saturday, March 27, 2010
Tysabri Infusion #7
This precious pup is Montana when he was about three months old, living with Linda and Jim, who were his puppy raisers.
I had my Tysabri at the new infusion center. I was there for 3-1/2 hours. First, either my new neurologist or the Tysabri people have added Tylenol and an antihistamine to the protocol. No one told me. I had taken a Zyrtec that morning and since it's an antihistamine and a once-a-day pill, they accepted it. They gave me a Tylenol, and then had to wait 45 minutes before they could begin TY administration. Now, I know to take one before coming in!
Since I was a new patient at the infusion center, there were a whole lot of screens to be filled in. Finally, the questions were asked and answered and the Tylenol was in my bloodstream. Gwen, my infusion nurse, got the IV in but then the vein blew. Second time, other arm, worked. So, after all that, there was still the hour of TY and the hour of normal saline, then 15 minutes of observation.
Arnie was able to take Montana for a long walk around the hospital grounds. Of course, when they returned, I still was waiting to be infused. We talked awhile, and I suggested that he go ahead and pick up the groceries we were going to get when we left there, take them home and put them up. Then, come back at 5:00, and surely I would be able to leave by then. That worked out okay, and saved us some time.
I'm all excited because Thursday we are going to NJ for Passover. Our son and grandson are flying in from CA to join in the celebration. Haven't seen them since Thanksgiving. My SIL has hired a caterer for the cocktail hour and for the Seder meal so that she can sit and enjoy the family instead of cooking for days like she did last year. She is a fantastic cook, but this will be much easier on her.
A friend of mine, Leigh Brill, has written a book titled A Dog Named Slugger that is due out next month. It is about her first service dog, and how he helped her get through graduate school. I can't wait to read it, and since she's in the book club I belong to, her's will be the next book we read and discuss. It is all very exciting for all of us at Saint Francis!
I hope everyone has a good week with lots and lots of sunshine and love.