There is no private wing here. We are currently warded in a 3rd class 4 bedded ward. No complains, though it would be nice to have a single room once he starts treatment (better rest and a perceived cleaner environment).
But staying in a shared ward is a different experience altogether. The other patients are all elderly and so we are forced to speak mandarin or BM. The uncles are undergoing chemo as well, and the aunties are their faithful wives who never seem to leave their side. They are really friendly.
A Dr Jerome, who reports to Dr Chang, now oversees Min Ser. Treatment for chemo will only begin next week after a PET + CT Scan is done in Putrajaya Hospital (he will get to ride in an ambulance). His blood samples will also be sent to SGH for mutation studies.
Dr Jerome explained that good mutations has a lower chance of relapse and will be easier to undergo a bone marrow transplant (or may even not need a transplant). Bad mutations will definitely require a bone marrow transplant. All in all mutation studies will be useful in the future as it will help to detract any early signs of relapse with even just 0.01% abnormality in the blood stream.
Min Ser is well. Albeit more tired then usual, uncomfortable muscle ache on his left shoulder and back, and slight blurry vision (dot in the middle) in his right eye. He saw an optomologist yesterday, who says it's not connected to leukemia and probably stress induced. He is prescribed eye drops and vision is expected to recover in a few weeks.