Well, we arrived at 8:30 to check in. I got a card to swipe like I got in radiation office. Our first meeting was with Denise, our social worker. Very nice young lady who described what to expect and to offer her assistance as the "navigator".... to help with billing disputes or financial assistance, to gauge my stress levels and help with various other counseling needs.
After that, we were called back to our little nook and settled in. My nurse today is Gina. She has 4 year old twins! Before chemo, I had to have blood work to get my baseline and levels, EKG. All set up with the port, which was numb from the "numbing cream" I put on before we left home. We had to wait for the results to come back in order to clear me for my cocktail. Doc Esther came in to give the all clear and check me. I gave her the 2 pictures of my arm for my file, lol.
11:10am My first medicine was Herceptin. The IV for the first treatment is 1-1/2 hour long "loading dose". The remainder treatments will only be 1/2 hour. Before I get Herceptin, I took benedryl and Tylenol. Nicole explained that "H" is a "smart" chemo drug that is specific to the cancer its treating. This is also the one that my heart is closely monitored for side effects. I will have an echo every 3 months. Did you catch that? I will be on Herceptin every 3 weeks for a full year. I didn't catch on that before. I had the impression it was pill I would be taking. *sigh* HOWEVER, by ITSELF, there are no side effects.
I took a nap during the Herceptin.
Quite a process of untying the bags from my feet, removing the pressure cuff from my leg and taking my IV stand with me to the bathroom. All those fluides. Which was A LOT of times throughout the day. A LOT.
3rd is Carboplatin. Started 4:45pm, infusion 30 minutes. Side effects nausea. They will want to check my kidneys periodically. After that, they will flush with saline and run an anti-clogging medicine. Then home. I'm the last patient here. All the nurses are gone but two. Nice and quiet ~
|From My Viewpoint|
Dad & Marge stopped by to wish me luck. Dad also gave a gift for hats, scarves. Mom is making dinner for us tonight. I'm so very thankful!
Everyone has been very kind here. I think I will see what Stewart's Place is all about since everyone keeps talking about it.
I really need to do a better job in drinking water and eating better. I don't eat junk, but I don't eat much of nothing else either. Plus, EXERCISE!
Doesn't look like I will be able to get the stitches out today as the nurses in Radiology will be gone by the time I get out of here. Hmmmm.....
Thanks for walking thru my day with me ~