The MRI this morning was a lot easier than the one last night due to much less pain and much more sleep last night. I woke up about every hour or so, but I was sleeping well in between. The funny thing is my pain laying down in bed is dramatically better and more tolerable, but it is more painful getting out of bed. Thankfully, I was able to stay laying down all day since they transferred me to scan and treatment in my bed. They kept the sheets underneath me for the tables as well which made them much more comfortable. The extra pain killers they gave me before the MRI helped me through the heat and discomfort as well. My appetite is coming back too. Especially in contrast to yesterday when I couldn't eat anything due to pain and bloating.
I was able to relax all afternoon after my scan and treatment were finished. My parents came down yesterday after we told them about my situation, and my sister Lori accompanied by her husband and daughter came down as well, so I've had a nice amount of company while being holed up. My lab mates, friends, and an unexpected drop in by my cousin Brian and Megan have kept things from getting boring as well. The only real interruption to resting and talking after my scans was a visit from the physical therapist where we learned I couldn't get out of bed without a painful explosion in my lower body. This combined with my otherwise lack of mobility will keep me in the hospital for the foreseeable future.
I am starting a new pain management regimen with some different drugs, so hopefully this will help me get out faster. The radiation should reduce the tumor expansion which is likely causing all the pain. The MRI results haven't all come in yet, so it's hard to say where my current condition cancer wise is. Should find out soon, maybe tomorrow when Van Tine comes back from a conference in New York. Otherwise I'm going to try to enjoy my family being here even through I'm cooped up and can't even leave to go get a meal with them.
Speaking of being cooped up, Anna and I have a pair of tickets to the Beauty and the Beast at the Fox Saturday night. Orchestra B level and going for $100 total or best offer. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.