Monday, March 16, 2009
First Day Part II
Lots of tests today. First blood, then a brief physical exam from Dr. Mary to check my heart and muscles (or lack thereof!). Next it was into a cramped elevator to the second floor for a lung capacity test with lots of locals stopping in the doorway to see a white guy turn red. That was tiring, but I guess I did alright. Then I was taken to another floor for x-rays of my chest. All of this is important to ensure I can take anaesthesia okay during my bone marrow treatment. I very long needle will be shoved into my hip to extract the bone marrow, so they need to put me under for the procedure - alright by me, guys. Lastly, I spent an hour being evaluated in physical therapy, and filmed by a nurse all the while. Its a "before" and "after" thing from what I understand. The evaluation included leg lifts, arm lifts, sitting up, neck strength, and measurements of arms, legs and bending ability. Next came the stair climbing. I chose the low rising stairs, and climbed all five of them easily, stepping down the steeper stairs on the way down. Then the news that my stomach would be the first thing we work on beginning tomorrow bright and early. After that I go to acupuncture for "recovery"?! More later.