Feb 19, 2009


Papa is at the hospital since Monday. They first gave him the chemio and it went well. No side-effects and so on.
Yesterday, he received his cell transplant and once again it went very well. Not fever, no reaction. He is now in a totally sterile room, my family has to put on a complete suit when they visit him, one at a time. He is having this kind of ventilation on him all the time.
So I am relieved a bit. Now we are waiting for the blood test to see if the transplant is working.

But...There is always a "but", right? France is changing. The wrong way: everything is being privatized. Everyone and everything is following the very same path USA followed these last years (if not decades). See where we are now? At the hospital, you have to pay several euros to park to go and visit your family. I don't know for other hospitals, but I never heard about that in here, and it was the first time in France.

The first 2 days, there were not telephone and no tv in the room. It was broken. But now, everything is outsource to private businesses and it takes days to have them to come and fix things. My granny gave my Dad that wonderful laptop and we were planning on doing a lot of webcam as I am so far away. Well, there is no way he can catch a wireless network! They are all locked and the one available for everyone doesn't work.

It took 2 days to bring him a blanket (he was really cold with the aeration thing). It took one day to bring him a nicotine patch. The tobaccologue was supposed to visit him. No one so far.
That ward is supposed to close next year and they will all move in the brand new buildings. Yes, fine. 
But what do the patients become until then?

Fortunately the nurses seem quite nice with him and are visiting him often. He sleeps well and eat well.
I miss him so much. Today I was finally able to speak with him (yes, he is back in the 21st century! He has very nice movies channels and PHONE! Crazy, right?).
A friend proposed to lend me the money to go and see him. I am so touched by her wonderful generosity. And if she reads that, a lot of hugs to her!

That is something I discovered living in this country, USA. People are generous. 


Carol Dean said...

My thoughts are with you and your father, hoping for a successful treatment! You are with him in your heart and his, sweet one, and that is what really matters! *hugs*

Recycled By Hyena said...

Thank you so much my dear for your nice words. I will be calling him everyday now he has the phone!
Hugs to you as well! :)

Mem said...

My prayers are with your father and you and your family. Such a sad story but I enjoy reading your post and I really enjoy the pictures.
Thank you for sharing with us!
Hugs, Mem

Recycled By Hyena said...

Mem, I am not a believer, but I do appreciate when people offers prayers for my Dad. The more the merrier, you know?
He is a strong and awesome guy, he is really fighting with an wonderful positive moral, or at least this is what he wants to show us.
I admire him so much, as always.

Thank you for your comment and I am glad you enjoy my posts. It means a lot to me. :)

miss lila said...

my heart & hope goes out to you & your papa, Cécile! it's sad that France's medical system seems to be going the way of America's but i'm very glad that your papa is doing well with his treatments. good that he's back in the 21st century too!
much love ♥

Anonymous said...

Courage Ghislaine, ça va aller

Recycled By Hyena said...

Miss Lila Mae thank you so much for your post. :)

Recycled By Hyena said...

Merci Ghislaine30!

thimblescratch said...

Good to hear he's doing okay!
The picture of you and your papa is so cute.
Take care and best wishes.

Recycled By Hyena said...

Hey my dear Tammy, I often think of you! First because of all the fabric and supplies and second, because this is really too bad we didn't got to know eachother better.

Thank you so much for your wishes. I love that picture, even if Marc says I looks like a nutsy. My Dad always looks so kind on pictures (in real life as well).

His stays in the hostital is not that easy. I will post more about it.
I have seen your last work, it is amazing, that short jacket, just WOW! :)