The Prof. is brilliant but he's such a busy person that his patients have to be patient and flexible. The Cancer Center staff and patients with low blood counts waited from his blood draw (8:45a) to almost 1:00pm to know whether he would sign off on a chemo session for them today.
Others on his schedule for consultations this morning were sent away with apologies and asked to come in at the same time tomorrow because he had been asked to make a presentation this morning!
Holding as many portfolios as he does and having to fly hither and yon every now and again, it is difficult for him to get much 'face time' with his patients. He is totally 'hands on' and makes all the important decisions, so we all pray for his good health and safety.
While waiting today, I met an old friend. I had heard she was also a patient of Prof. Wong and knew we would meet up in Cancer Canter 3 sooner or later so I was not surprised to see her there.
As one does in such situations we compared side effects and notes. And I learnt something new: she said that she had a lot of trouble with mucositis and that it helped her get some measure of relief to keep ice in her mouth during her chemo sessions .
She also had been told that in India, chewing on grated coconut 'flesh' helped sufferers from mouth ulcers and she's now tried it to good effect.
So now not only are we going to have Lin on Prosure powder (Vanilla!) in coconut water, he gets to chew the nice white 'flesh' of the coconut too.
All this means that he will be going to the Cancer Center next Monday for another blood test and, again, to wait for an all clear for chemo.
Hasta La Vista as I am going to Hong Kong to get away from the haze in Singapore (our Indonesian neighbours are burning down their forests to clear land for cultivation) and to continue my "R&R". Lin will be in good hands.
But I am imparting some advice sent by a friend: