November 14, 2003

Friday Update

From Elizabeth Garner:

Maddy feels "wonderful"! She's had 12 hours without nausea, and
feels like she has "my brain back." She had the first round of the
new chemo yesterday and as part of that, they're hydrating her
"massively." She sounds very good: much stronger, alert and

We discussed several things. Sean's idea of the Kinsington cable
is an excellent one, and I'll order it for her. She asked that
I find the smallest earbuds; anything with ear "cups" or a neckband
would not be easy to lie on a pillow with.

We're working on an Emily-Maddy reunion in the parking lot.
Her oncologist is a dog person, and Maddy is going to ask her
about temporary 15-minute discharges. We'll also see if we
can do this when the nurses change shifts so we can pay one
of them for 30 or 60 minutes of overtime to accompany Maddy

Maddy has discovered a craving for the marmalade of her youth:
Chivers Golden Shred, so I'm going to order some for her.

A nurse showed up while we were talking to drain some more of
her blood. Maddy has been stuck so many times she feels
"like an inside-out porcupine."

For her birthday next Friday, I asked if she'd like to have a cake
delivered, not only for her but also for her nurses. She loves
the idea, so I'll set that up and get a large enough one to cover
at least 2 shifts for the nurses and orderlies.

Lastly, she thinks Dr. John Birknes may well be David Hawthorne!
I asked if she wanted that part of her blog taken down,
but she said she has no intention of having anything
neurological done in the future, so he is out of her life,
and she doesn't care who sees it, including him. (Maddy

All in all, this was by far the best talk I've had with


Posted by ptomblin at November 14, 2003 01:04 PM

They're probably doing a better job of keeping the nausea from getting started rather than treating it once it does. Whatever, it's a really nice start to the weekend to hear that she's feeling so much better.

Posted by: Alice at November 14, 2003 06:39 PM

I have also talked to Madeleine today. What a relief. She sounded like Madeleine again, with a will to live, a sense of humour and a large appetite! Apparently, with starting chemo again, she doesn't feel so nauseated. Go figure?! I don't really care why, I'm just so happy she is back. She scared the daylight out of me over the last few days. Welcome back Madeleine. Luce

Posted by: luce at November 14, 2003 06:27 PM
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