Today has been a very long day in the Bubble. I started chemo just after 8.00 a.m. and with just a couple of 10 minute breaks thought I'd finished at 7.30 p.m. only to find the anti-rejection drug had to be transfused until 10.00 p.m.
Raymond came to see me at lunchtime and stayed until 7.30 p.m. Fortunately he is staying with Jonathan tonight so not too long a journey back. He was horrified to learn I had another dose of medicine to transfuse. He is so good about sitting with me, reading and talking. However, I had two good phone calls this evening, firstly from Margaret Hoadley from home and next a long one from my cousin, Rosemary, to whom I feel very close.
Jonathan and Josie have been attending a performance of the Verdi "Requiem" tonight at the Royal Festival Hall. I shall never forget performing this oratorio at the Wembley Arena years ago with the World Festival Choir when Luciano Pavarotti was one of the soloists. It was just such a wonderful experience.
Tomorrow evening the donor stem cells will arrive at the hospital. It has been decided that as this will be at about 6.30 in the evening, the transfusion of the cells will not be done for me until the following day. This will leave the laboratory/pharmacy the opportunity to check everything in the morning. So I am not sure what form tomorrow will take. It is supposed to be a rest day but I'll believe that when I see it!