However, the results of a repeat blood test showed that his bili was down and his white cell count was back up. Dr. Jones, who brought us the good news, was then subjected to a demonstration of synchronized euphoric squealing by the entire Ashton Clot. When she recovered her equilibrium, Dr. Jones caught the excitement, and while she did not actually do a 360 in mid-air, she smiled a very loud grin. You’d have thought the Utes had just scored the winning touchdown (which, of course, they didn’t) There was such joy in Whoville, that I suggested we crank up the chemo from 5FU to 10FU! Dennis was patiently silent and then explained that FU’s are not like RPM’s that can be revved up at will. I don’t know why people keep annoying me with facts.
Dennis was surrounded by four darling grandchildren, the adult Clot, and the technicians. I did resist the urge to maniacally declare, “It’s alive! It’s alive!” It was one of Dennis’ proudest moments. And then they showed us how the radiation machine could rotate around Dennis’ torso, assaulting the mass from every possible angle. Of course, we had to leave during the actual procedure, but the kids were fascinated with the whole thing. When it was done, the tatts were hidden within the confines of a radical chest comb-over, and we all went home.
There is a lot of care necessary to protect a PICC line. The simple act of showering requires wrapping his entire upper right arm in hermetically sealed stretch and seal Saran Wrap. Dennis’ fufu bag must also be protected from moisture, so he encases everything in a Glad bag. His showers have become somewhat of a spectator sport, and I have invented all kinds to new parlor games in my mind.
Because we utilize Saran Wrap in such quantities, we buy in quantity. At the check-out stand, the checker, upon seeing the size of the Saran Wrap and aluminum foil said, “That must be some turkey!” Once again, I was seized by discretion and resisted the urge to say, “That’s no turkey. That’s my husband!” Two discretionary retentives don’t make up for a life-time of loose lips. But it helps.
P.S. Thank you for all the comments! They are so fun to read! (hint, hint :)