It has been 2 weeks since starting the Crizotinib clinical trial, so I am required to return to Dana-Farber for a bi-monthly checkup. Yesterday morning Shannon and I said goodbye to Mom and took the hotel shuttle to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. While waiting at the gate for our layover flight to Atlanta, we caught the news showing the intensity of the ice storm in the southeast and noted thousands of canceled flights in Atlanta. We hesitantly boarded our flight to Atlanta sure we were just going to get stuck there.
We arrived in Atlanta, grabbed some lunch, and waited for the inevitable news. Shockingly, our flight was not canceled and we boarded our connecting flight on time. However, just about the time when they normally close the hatch, they informed us that the copilot had not arrived and they had us unload the plane. Maybe our flight will be canceled? After only an hour of waiting, things fell in our favor when they found a substitute copilot and we made our flight to Boston.
Flying has turned into a full day event when you consider transportation to/from the airport, security, flight time, and to top it off, layovers. I used this time to get caught up on some rest. One of the side effects of Crizotinib is fatigue, and since I started taking the drug, I have noticed that I feel tired when I wake up, tired after a moderate amount of exertion, and am exhausted by bed time. With the uncomfortable airport and airplane seats, I had to find some creative ways to rest. Fortunately they tell me the fatigue starts to go away after a couple months on the drug.