Lori here-the past two days have been good ones for Maarten. He has slowly been recovering his energy from the chemo in the hospital and I’ve seen an increase in his appetite.
This afternoon he went back to the hospital for a ‘Day Treatment’ which consisted of 1 bag of chemo. He had been nervous in the morning (he told me this later, as I worked this morning) before we went to the OLVG, but seemed to settle during the treatment.
We were only there for about 1 hour and Maarten, feeling well enough, wanted to go get the new WIRED magazine at the American Book Center in Downtown Amsterdam. As he hadn’t been out of the house since coming home on Monday night, we looked at it as a mini adventure and drove downtown. We spent a nice hour walking around and (to quote Maarten) ‘Being normal’.
By the time we got home, the side effects started kicking in. His energy disappeared and his hands and feet started getting really cold. This led to a severe case of the chills and a headache. He slept a little, and is finally eating something, but I think this has been the toughest day for him physically so far. According to the nurses, tomorrow, day 10, is when his immune system will be at it’s lowest point in the cycle.
All of your positive thoughts, messages and love are being recieved and keeping him afloat. Please keep emailing/commenting/messaging him. The suport keeps him well (along with myself and Freddy of course!).