Like the day they were changing over to new chemo pumps. There were several nurses in the room and a very serious sales rep who was giving a short course in the use of the new machines. The spiel and training session took quite some time, but finally they opened the line to let the fluid enter his body. At that very moment, Dale clutched his chest and GASPED, then said, "Just kidding".
The look on their faces went from abject horror to disbelieve and I honestly think the sales rep saw her life flash before her eyes. I started to laugh and the nurses followed suit. The sales rep, on the other hand, was not at all amused and left the room. I think she went to change her underwear.
Another high point was the day he received a care package from his co-workers. It contained a very nice dvd player, home-made cookies, all kinds of snack items, magazines, books, dvd's and too many other items to mention. The look on Dale's face was priceless.
There have also been days when he could barely lift his head and days when he was too tired to walk to the rest room. There have been times when despite not having eaten in days, his system seemed determined to expel waste from both ends. Through it all, through every single day of it, Dale has remained optimistic, upbeat and kind. So very kind.
My dad has always adored Dale and had been very worried about him. Even though Dale could barely lift his head, he called dad to tell him things were going well. When I talked to dad after their visit, he said "I know he will be fine, I can tell by the timbre of his voice". Dale and I both cried over my dad's words.
There have been some anxious days, some scary times. But through it all, we've kept our spirits up by laughing and joking and taking pleasure in things that we'd normally take for granted, like a cheerful nurse or a normal bowel movement.
But today there was something to be truly thankful for. Today, the transplant doctor came in with the results of the most recent bone marrow biopsy. Today, the doctor said that it was "a very good graft".
Four. Little. Words.