Going to the cancer treatment center to receive chemotherapy was dreadful and exhausting. Needless to say, the side effects of the chemo were excruciating. I would go for treatment for an entire week during each round of chemo. During my visits, I went through the normal routine and got hooked up to receive treatment. Slowly, more patients started walking in and sat at a station and were connected as well. Some of the other patients were regulars like me, you know, the cool ones. Everyone knew our name and diagnosis. Of course, there were some new patients who were barely joining our exclusive club who did not know us and vice versa.
One day, this new patient was sitting with her husband. She looked at me and smiled and I smiled back as we sat in our premium luxury treatment chairs and watched tv. I noticed she whispered something to her husband and he said ok and walked away. A few minutes later, this lady’s husband returns with two plates of breakfast food. She started to speak to me when I had to ask the nurse to unplug my machine so I can roll it to the restroom. The smell of the food as she took the plate out of the bag was enough to make me go vomit. Clearly the 24-hour nausea medicine injected about three hours earlier was not working. This was normally the case everyday I received treatment, such wonderful times.
I came out of the restroom and she asked me if I was okay. I said yes, I am okay. Actually, the smell of food does not mix well with my chemo blend. She apologized and I said it’s okay, you enjoy your meal. She told me, well I had asked my husband to buy you a plate for you since I did not see anybody here with you. I was taken aback, this was the first time this lady had seen me and she made this observation and made a kind gesture by having her husband buy me a plate. I wholeheartedly thanked her as I rushed back to the restroom again.
After I came out of the restroom, I thanked her again and the nurse told me she was taking me to one of the rooms away from the smell of food since other patients who could eat were getting food and snacks. Many patients and caregivers like this lady are so kind-hearted to others. Humanity at its best during the worst of circumstances.