Dr. Rubio, Sr’s devious glint in his eyes let me know he was starting off our daily check-in with a bit of teasing.
“So, i heard you had a good Sunday.”
“I did NOT have a good Sunday. ”
He laughs at my pouting face, and we discuss symptoms, Sunday staff, and changes in drip bags for the next two days. At one point, he mentions the magnet vaccine.
“It hit faster and harder because you went for two hours. Next time, we go back to one.”
I protested. “No, i want to keep it at two. I’m here to beat this cancer. I know it’s going to be painful… but i want to do the maximum.”
He agreed to keep it at two, so I’ll probably get another round of that on Friday? (I forgot to ask him that.)
From there, we proceeded to discuss my timeline here, and here is the basic gist of our conversation.
- He wants me to stay for two more weeks. His goal is for me to get my TNF number down to 45-50 before i leave. I don’t see that happening in just two weeks, but we’ll see….
- Then, he wants me to come back in a month for a week of treatment. I have already booked my flight to return here the week of April 29.
- He wants me to return for another week of treatment in June. Well, he said another month, but i would hold off until my students are on their school break.
- At that point, we’ll decide whether i can just start coming for maintenance treatments once every six months or if i need to keep it at three for a while longer.
We also discussed the home program in more detail – specifically, the shots. I learned that the shots are doses of the vaccine and my stem cells. I didn’t realize I’d have access to my customized vaccines and stem cells at home, so i got a little excited about that. I’m a little less excited about giving myself shots every day, but he once again reassured me that he would show me how to do it properly before I left. He also confirmed what Erin told me a few days ago – that following the home program will allow my TNF number to continue going down even when i am not here in Tijuana. Hearing him say this flooded me with light inside, as it was yet another reminder that cancer is right now, in this moment and all future moments, losing its war inside my body. I’M GONNA WIN.