Archive | May 5, 2014

My first Chemo…

…was Thursday May 1st, 2014.

I was nervous…

Tried to hold back my tears…

Couldn’t…

Oh, well…

First the Doctor wanted to see me.  She examined me, and went through everything again…The diagnosis, the 5 MRI’s, the results, and my treatment.  I had questions, she had answers…

Then we had to wait for a little bit before we got called into the “Chemo Room” (**Beethoven’s 5th Symphony playing**…) or maybe more correctly “treatment room” (no dramatic music).

It was a room with 11 recliner chairs. A curtain to pull if you wanted privacy.  All chairs have a individual TV and an extra chair for visitors. The room was pretty full…some people looked relaxed and fine, and some looked the opposite…I got escorted to chair number 11. I sat down and a warm blanket appeared! Yes!

A very nice head Nurse introduced herself as “Debbie”. She told us where the small kitchen was. There we can get coffee, tea, water, fruit, snacks etc. Bathroom is over there…If you need to go, she says, we just “pull the plug” (!) and the IV drop operates on back up batteries (OK).

Debbie explains that she ordered my Chemo Concoction. The Pharmacy is in the next room, and they “whip up” the orders as they come in. All Chemo’s are personalized according to you type of cancer. I have to wait another 20 minutes or so…She starts with hooking me up to the Saline and 2 or three different Nausea Medications. I can taste the Saline.

Then she sits with me and Brian and goes over the Chemo treatments I’m about to receive for the next 4 months. She hi-lites the important parts, she talks about the side effects etc. Everything she goes through is in a folder. My fiftyeleveth folder from Cleveland Clinic…This one is very important though! (not that the others are NOT important…but some of them I have already graduated from!)

When the Chemo Concoction arrives she shows me the tube, and tells me she’s going to inject it slowly through my IV. Here we go! It takes about 30 minutes…I feel nothing. Really…just my mind playing tricks with me…

Around 3 p.m. We’re all done! But then we have to go to the Pharmacy to pick up medications. Finally home around to 5 p.m.  Another long day!

Felt nauseous…maybe it’s my mind playing a trick on me?

Maybe not…

Have to figure these things out…