Kim was admitted to the hospital today so that she can begin her first round of DHAP (dexamethasone, cytarabine, cisplatin). The spinal involvement isn't totally under control yet, but after three rounds of methotrexate the doctor wanted to get back to treating the cancer in the rest of her body for a while. They will do a second round of DHAP in three weeks and then some more scans to reassess the progress of the treatment.
DHAP is more likely to cause side-effects than any chemo Kim has had so far. However she's had almost no side-effects from any of the others and we're hopeful that trend will continue.
Last weekend we had a bit of fun and went to see the final Harry Potter movie. In order to avoid crowds and busy theatres we went to the "Varsity VIP" theatre near Bay and Bloor. The VIP theatre only seats about 40 people and the chairs are extra-comfy with lots of leg room and nice side tables for holding drinks and snacks. They also have food/drink service right to your seat! Of course it's more expensive but it was definitely worth it to make sure Kim was able to enjoy the movie.
Finally, some fun little stats. This is my 500th blog post and I've been blogging since January of 2003 (over 8.5 years). I've written just over 105,000 words which seems like a lot, but is really just the length of an average-sized novel (Stephen King's colossal yarn, "The Stand" is something like 450,000 words). If you add in my travel journals you get an extra 70,000 words (which is a lot more than I expected).