To clarify: I AM currently getting the chemo treatment. They found some at a local hospital, had it sent over immediately and started me on it last night (thursday). However, there IS a national shortage and this is a huge concern. Many leukemia patients are not being treated. I am one of the lucky ones. There is only one drug that has any effect on leukemia, and it is in short supply in the US so many people are going without proper care right now.
As for an update from inside the hospital, the PICC team came yesterday and were able to get into my vein on the first try (which, if you ask either one of my parents, they will agree that it is difficult to do), but could not successfully move the tube up my vein and into place. They tried three times before concluding that my veins were not yet ready for another PICC line. The IV team came next. They refused to numb my arm before poking me. It was unpleasant, but luckily I have an understanding roomate who encouraged me to scream as loud as I wanted, which wasn't very loud because my voice hasn't fully returned from the tubes in my throat.
Other than that, nothing too exciting has happened here.
I'll continue to try and keep this blog up to date.