Three Infusions

Two at Mayo Clinic, and now the third at a highly-rated local hospital.  We have made twelve 200-mile round trips to Mayo in Rochester so far just this year, almost one per week, and I'm tired of the drive.  Of course I'll do whatever it takes to stay alive, and Mayo is indeed a world-class center for myeloma treatment, so that sounds like whining.  However, if the drive is not necessary, it is certainly more convenient (and safer) to have procedures like blood draws and even infusions done barely a 10-minute drive from home.  My current Darzalex (daratumumab) regimen calls for weekly infusions for eight weeks, then every other week for a while (if it works), and eventually once per month. Mayo Clinic is a model of professionalism of course, and it's big, with at least two infusion centers that I know of.  By contrast the local infusion center is smaller with about a dozen chairs, most of them arranged in a circle, under the watchful eyes at the nurses' station.  But they're good.  After one infusion there, I would be hard pressed to choose one place over the other - I have no concerns about the competence of either.  This was the local hospital's first Darzalex infusion, so they literally went to school on it before I came, and they knew exactly what they were doing.  I know because I checked and confirmed everything they did, just as I had at Mayo. My first infusion at Mayo took about nine hours, the second about six and a half...
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