Posted by Sari
Jukka is back home (yay!) He was released day early on Saturday, but has had to go back for some blood tests on Sunday and Monday, and wait around for the results. Anybody know any good card games that only two people can play? Watinting around in hospitals gan get very boring. Anyway, his bloodwork was good enough so that they want him back in ten days. Which means that at least he is coping well with the chemo. It'll take while before we know how well it is actually working. He is nauseous and tired and sleeps a lot, but is feeling better day by day.
He has to drink at least four litres of fluids every day so we have pressed my gift-set of hand made weight watcher points fridge-magnets to new use and now they track how much he has drunk. Thanks, Anna :-) It is a good thing he has always been very partial to all kind of sodas, we have now a a huge variety from Mountain Dew to weird local Passion-fruit concoctions waiting at the balcony so he can drink whenever he wants and whatever he wants.
In other news, our grocery store next door has closed down for two weeks as it changes from one chain store to another, so I have been shopping like we did in America: beg a friend or family with a car (thanks Helena, thanks Mom) to take me to a supermarket and buy food to last for a week. I felt quite nostalgic actually designing menus and writing down shoppling lists instead of crossing the street to the store and buying whatever came to mind. And speaking of food, how am I supposed to keep my diet going when Jukka needs high energy food to keep himself going? The nicely color-coced leaflets we got from the hospital also say that he should not do the cooking hmiself, because the smell of food easily adds to the feeling of nausea. So I am in charge of cooking and doing the dishes for the first time since we moved together almost eight years ago. No wonder he is feeling nauseous... He does have pills for it, but for some strange macho reason he hasn't so far taken any of them, just sucks on an ice cube a lot.
It is also a good thing we are movie buffs and that the DVD rental is in walking distance. To start with I just rented the Two Towers DVD, not to see the film but the extreas, which were good. Especially Sean Astin's short film and the making-of documentary of it. And the glimpses of the real Two Towers film they are releasing in November. And the footage from Return of the King. The fangirl in me lives still...