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Today we met Dr. Brodsky
March 11th, 2008 by Chenell

Today we went to Johns Hopkins for more lab tests and a consultation with Dr. Brodsky.

We almost didn’t make it – we slept in and missed the shuttle. We had to call a cab. We got there about 5 mins late. Not too bad for waking up at 9:15 and having to be there at 9:30. The cab fair to JH isn’t too bad, about $6 from the hotel.

They took about 10 vials of blood, a urine sample, and a nasal culture. That was the grossest of the samples they took. I should of gotten a photo, but I didn’t think of it ’till later. They made him shoot some saline solution in each nostril and put it in a sample cup. Needless to say he missed the cup a few times… eww!

We then talked to Dr. Brodsky about Chris’ history and he made sure to tell us the risks involved, what we can expect from the treatment and answered any questions we had. Dr. Brodsky was really down to earth, will talk to you like a person rather than a patient, and is a hockey fan.

The best part of our day had to be dinner. We ate at Bo Brooks restaurant in the Canton area of Baltimore. We pigged out something fierce. We had three appetizers; oysters on the half shell, steamed clams with a wine sauce, and calamari. As the main course we had a half dozen steamed blue crabs. Yum! We also got a deep fried crab cake to go. Oink. Hospital food is going to suck, so why not? :) Plus you don’t get seafood like this in Denver, so we are taking advantage of it. Shellfish is really high in iron which is good for anemia. May not do any good now, but we like to tell ourselves that. :P Our waitress was very very nice and quite talkative. It turns out that a girl friend of hers has just been diagnosed at 26. Such a small world when you think of it. Chris ended up telling her about the treatment for quite some time. He’s good at talking. :)

I have started a brand new photo album documenting the trip thus far. I will try to update it on a daily basis, that is as long as there is interesting things to take photos of. Check out the new album here.

Anyway, it’s late and I’m still feeling fat and full so I’m going to go for now.

Chenell