I return to work feeling a bit more refreshed, work the rest of the day. I'm glad I was able to work , several of our younger patients went to school with Zack and come in asking how he is and giving him special wishes, it always warms my heart to think that these young adults are thinking about someone they haven't seen in a while (most of them are in college now). I wrap up around 7 pm, making sure to leave everything all set for the next time we open, We never know the situation with Zack. I finally reach him, he sounds weak and tired. He says he doesn't feel that well. I ask my usual question, what can I pick up for dinner? "I don't know... I'm hungry, but... I don't know, what do you want?" I tell him I was going to pick up Sushi, but if he isn't feeling well, that might now be the right food for him. He immediately perks up and says "are you serious?, I'll have the Godzilla roll, Superman roll and spicy crap salad from Sora" Alrighty then, Thank God it's buy one get one free!! I order the food, which takes a little longer than anticipated to prepare, but it gives me a chance to talk to Steve, the owner of the restaurant who had Frank design his water feature at his Hendersonville Restaurant Umi. He had no idea what Zack was going through,
I arrive at the hospital by 8:45 pm to an excited Zack. He devours a couple of the rolls and grazes on the salad. We don't talk much, as he is still not feeling well from the days chemo. He manages to tell me that the Doctor showed his latest x-rays are clear. He says "Mom I got to see them, and what a difference from the previous ones!, there is nothing left there!" I'm so glad he continues to take the initiative with regards to his own health. It is his body and soon he will be 18 and signing his own medial release forms. This is just the beginning of our journey, which will continue for another five years, praying for negative results (meaning nothing is seen) with each series of tests.
I settle in for the evening with the hopes that we both get a good nights sleep.