I am now half-way through my scheduled eight rounds of chemotherapy. I was side-tracked with breaking my arm and the surgery to repair it, but I am back on schedule again. All in all I think I am holding up rather well. Probably the worst thing is being so tired all the time. I have been dealing with some other side effects, but they seem rather minor compared to other people I see at the hospital.
I had x-rays and saw the wrist doctor last week. He said my bone is healing well. I go to physical therapy three times a week and do exercises at home to improve the mobility. It's getting better.
I think I would be in big financial trouble if I had these medical issues in the US. Here, I have national health insurance and pay 30% of the actual cost. To see the orthopedic surgeon (the wrist doctor) I pay 220 yen per visit. To see the oncologist, I am charged 630 yen. The x-rays cost me 670 yen. The physical therapy cost is 1330 yen for an hour appointment. Blood tests are 1490 yen. The is also a limit on how much I have to pay, so if I pay more than the limit, the insurance refunds money and it is direct deposited to my bank account. I don't understand the formula, but every month I am getting money back.
The hospital where I see all these medical professionals is just a 10 minute walk from my apartment. This is the view of Mt. Fuji from the hospital entrance.