The morning after my first meeting with Dr Vishwanath I was admitted on Ward Six for 36 hours - I had a single room, nice and clean. I had decided to get a Chemo Port - a valve implanted under the skin underneath the color bone, which allows the Chemo medicine to flow directly into the main veins leading to the heart. If the medicine is entering through smaller veins near the wrist, there is the risk of blocked veins, which easily allows the Chemo medicine to infiltrate the surrounding tissue, and this leads to bad infections and ulcers. Here in India I had seen ladies with big dark holes in their arms - the flesh being eaten away by the Chemo medicine. It looked rather scary, so I definately wanted to have a Chemo Port to be saved from such misery.....
I arrived in Bangalore on the 8th of May - just in time to join the Nrsimha Caturdasi Festival at the Sheshadripuram temple on the following day. I had canceled my participation for Nrsimha Caturdasi at Simhachalam/Germany, where big and peaceful Nrsimhadeva is residing. Festivals are always a little exhausting - a lot of transcendental excitement, giving a seminar, many devotees to speak to and only little sleep. I felt it would be too tiring for me, just before flying back to India to embark on Chemo.
On my return to Cologne on the 26th of April I started to make preparations to fly back to India to take the Chemo. And I finally got myself to cancel nine flights which I had booked for the next two months to visit various yatras in the world - something which I had put off, just in case some miracle would happen......! But now my mind was set on going back to India.
Devaki Devi Dasi's Traveling Diary
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