We met with Dr. Modak yesterday (the doctor in charge of the 8H9 trial) and the plan is for Rory to get his trial dose a week from this monday. He will then get the full dose on either that Wednesday or Thursday. So next week should be pretty quiet. We will have to come up to the hospital to meet with the surgeon team and Dr. Modak and I believe Rory will be having a CT scan done. Other than that, it's sight seeing time! Dr. Modak also said that after Rory gets his full dose of the 8H9 we should be able to go home by the end of the following week. That means only 3-4 more weeks here if all goes according to plan :).
Yesterday Rory had some visitors that really made his day. We all know Rory loves being active and doing things, so when he is tied down to the hospital he really gets down. Yesterday when Rory got up I could tell he was having a "blah" day because he was bored and still had to be here. Well that would all change when some surprise visitors would stop by. Rory knew that Mark Ellis from AOL was going to stop by, but he had no idea that Tim Armstrong and Jeff Levick would be joining him. He was shocked and this totally made his day. They surprised him with Yankee tickets to Saturday's game (so we're getting out just in time!), an iPad (yes, you read that right), and a war plan signed by General Patraeus. Not to mention the smile they put on Rory's face and the overwhelming support they showed for him and all of us made our day. From day one AOL has been extremely supportive of Rory going through this tough time. I have really been amazed with their loyalty, understanding, and support they have provided for Rory. This was just the icing on the cake. And the visitors didn't stop there. Beth Mach, Rory's old boss and still good friend, stopped by later that evening to cheer Rory up as well. It was great chatting with her and it was nice for Rory to have someone to talk to other than myself. He and I both really enjoyed spending time with her.
Well, I better start packing things up. I am anxious to get out of here and I know Rory is too! As we leave the hospital I may not be updating as much (hopefully we'll be busy sight seeing), but I'll do my best!