This morning Maarten went back to OLVG to begin Round 2 (of 4) of Chemotherapy. He’s working really hard to kick Theo out.
Having gone through one round already has helped us both a lot in the preparation for this round. Packing, prepping, going weren’t as nerve-racking as the first time (only brought two bags this time!). Experience counts.
As usual, Maarten approached the situation with his usual brand of cheerfulness and preparation. Knowing what to expect calmed him and understanding that anything forgotten could be brought almost immediately helped.
Thanks to Vincent and his weekly gadget visit, Maarten is on line again at the hospital. I personally like to refer to his equipment (MacbookPro, HSDPA modem, External Hard drive, Video Camera, iPhone, etc, etc) as his ‘Life Support’ system.
I’ve had a lot of requests for visits. Please keep them coming! Visits from Friends, Old and New, give him energy. Another valuable lesson we’ve learned (lesson 9?) is that if you ‘Live sick’ you will ‘feel sick’. Take time to rest and know your limitations, but try to stay active and involved. It goes a long way in keeping up your mental fitness.
Everyone continues to be kind as the offers for help keep pouring in. Thank you all. It means the world to us to know that we are not going through this alone.
But that’s Maarten.