Live blogging from the infusion chair at the University of California, Davis, Cancer Center. We've got our beanie baby, best of Maria Callas on CD, the laptop connected to the hospital wi-fi and enough anti-nauseous meds to invite a daylong ride on an amusement park roller coaster.
We'll be back here every other week for 16 weeks. This will likely be the last photo I'll be allowed.
Beyond the obvious challenges we face, the cancer treatment has also disrupted our joint efforts to leave our cars at home.
Today, the wife was expecting to take the bus and trian and use the Medcenter's shuttle, but I suggested we drive instead. We don't know how she will react to her first infusion of anti-cancer drugs. Getting there would be fine, but the hourlong trip home might have been problematic.
The wife's future use of transit is also in doubt. The treatment has the effect of lowering the body's immunity to ordinary illnesses. Riding around for an hour in an enclosed environment with a bunch of other people is not encouraged. It's not prohibited, but it is certainly not recommended until the wife knows how well her immune system is holding up.
By the time the wife is finished with the chemo and recovered from surgery, Sacramento Regional Transit should be finished with its latest round of service cuts and fare hikes. There may not be any service for her to come back to.