Hurry up and . . . wait!
Thanks to all who have been asking about the status of my hoped for encounter with Alpharadin. Short answer: we are delayed. Here is what is going on:
- I was approved for the drug on Friday, March 1st. Apparently though, Norway is closed on Fridays, so no order could be placed.
- Over that weekend, the person in charge of administering the program took a vacation. She returned today, very rested I am sure.
- Upon reviewing my paperwork, she determined that I was shy one blood test to measure my PSA and testosterone levels. Apparently, the 4,312 previous tests I have had were not sufficient or were taken when the moon was waxing and not waning. Who knew?
- Tomorrow morning I will get up for yet another blood test. It will be sent to a lab in Tampa around 5pm tomorrow afternoon. A mule train of raccoons will take it there.
- It will take the lab 48 hrs to send the results to Moffitt which means they will arrive there on, of course, Friday. You remember Fridays, don’t you? It is the day when Norway is closed.
- Over the weekend I will go skydiving, rock climbing and zip lining. Or maybe I will just lay on the couch in a Percocet induced stupor so that my bones don’t feel like they are about to explode.
- Next Monday, then, my dose of the drug will be ordered (God willing) as soon as Norway is open again.
- From that point, we start the two week countdown clock. You remember it, don’t you? It was supposed to be ticking off its last seconds right about now.
- If I have added up the days right, the two weeks will end April 1st. Fitting, I think. But the doctor is busy so I may still have to wait a couple of more days to get on his schedule for my first infusion.
So there you have it. Both the details of what is going on and what I think about it all. I really am grateful to even get into this clinical trial. I also know that God is in charge of even this delay. But right now I have a very BAD ATTITUDE and MY BONES HURT LIKE HELL. A friend asked today, “Wouldn’t you like to choke somebody?” He nailed it! That’s exactly what I want to do.
Here’s how the Bible describes it:
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12
So here’s to hope – even when it is deferred. And here’s to longing – soon to be fulfilled.
Before I decide to choke someone.