An update from my hospital bed in my study. I am dictating the text, Els is typing it out.
This last week, a lot of things happened. Wednesday I was taken to Amsterdam by ambulance for radiation treatment. Once there, I spoke with my hematologist and my radiotherapist. The whole process, door-to-door, took less than three hours. In short: A VIP treatment.
The strength in my legs is minimal, so all our hopes are on the outcome of the radiation treatment.
As Sander can no longer stand, we’ve had to adjust a lot of things. Sander was assisted down the stairs by our three strong sons: a real tour de force. Now, he spends his time in a hospital bed in the study, and I sleep in a bed next to his. To help Sander out of bed, we now have access to a lift sling. This works well but Sander is very weak and can only sit in a wheelchair for around 10 minutes. Still, he spends a bit of time every now and again in the living room. He’s having a lot of trouble eating but he does whatever he can to recover some strength. Life, however, is making this process difficult.
Our hopes rest with the outcome of the radiation treatment. This morning, we measured the circumference of his swollen right leg and hope to see it shrink soon.
As you can read in his update, Sander remains optimistic. This optimism is, however, bounded by our current reality.
(Thomas’ note: I translated this post – any errors are mine, not Sander’s or Els’!)