The Ottawa Hospital

181/365 : At least I didn’t forget my meds

Today is Day 1 of Round 4 of my 6-round chemotherapy treatment for small lymphocytic lymphoma. Day 1 treatment always involves a trip to the “medical daycare” at the Ottawa Hospital, where nurses administer a Rituximab injection. The rest of my chemo drugs (cyclophosphamide and fludarabine) are oral, with pills I pick up at the pharmacy (with a prescription, naturally).

I’ve been documenting my journey and always bring my trusty Fujifilm X100V with me to the hospital, and today was no different. Almost.

147/365 : Hot Wheels

At the hospital for a checkup with my haematologist prior to next week’s scheduled round of chemo.

As I was leaving, I noticed that someone left this wheelchair in the parking garage, and I was immediately attracted to the light playing against the wheelchair and the soft shadows it cast. Daily shot done & dusted.

125/365 : Not quite a punch in the gut

Today is day 1 of the second round of FCR chemotherapy treatment for my CLL/SLL lymphoma. Unlike in the first round, when the Rituximab was administered in a 6-hour IV drip, this time around the 1,600mg dose is injected directly into my belly fat over the course of about 5 minutes. The nurse had no …

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97/365 : The Medical Daycare

Suffice it to say that the Ottawa Hospital’s Medical Daycare is not as fun as Daddy Daycare or any other daycare environment I’ve seen. No fun, no games, all serious. That’s not entirely true… the nurses are all incredible people with a very keen sense of humour and more compassion and empathy than one could …

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