My first Chemo…

…was Thursday May 1st, 2014.

I was nervous…

Tried to hold back my tears…


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…

10 thoughts on “My first Chemo…

  1. Jag fick min chemo på flera olika ställen, både på sjukhuset och på läkarkliniken. Jag tyckte att det var bäst på kliniken, man satt i ett ganska stort rum med recliners runt väggarna. Det finns en besöksstol åt alla och de alla flesta har någon med sig, oftast sin respektive men ibland en vän eller sitt vuxna barn. Många är äldre och verkar ha det trevligt medan de får sin chemo. De känner flera av de andra där och sitter och småpratar med sina stolsgrannar. Alla har en liten cooler med sig med mackor, frukt och dricka.

    Jag var rädd den första gången jag fick min chemo, vätskan var starkt röd/orange och såg otäck ut. Sen förstod jag ju att det inte gör ont, det är bara trist att sitta där och uggla i flera timmar. Men en bra bok är bra att ha med sig och om man har en surfplatta är det också bra (jag sov mycket).

    Det kommer fram många minnen när jag skriver detta, vissa inte så roliga men när jag var mitt uppe i det så fanns ju inget annat alternativ än att ta sig igenom det, kämpa med all kraft man kan uppbringa och komma ut på andra sidan, hel och frisk.

    Du kommer att klara det här, fina Filippa.

    • Victoria,
      Jag håller fortfarande på att lära mej Word Press och såg ditt reply nu…Ops! Ja, jag kommer väl ihåg “din resa” genom detta…och jag följde din blogg på den tiden! ;o) Jag kan förstå att minnen kommer upp från förr….men nu är du friskt och stark och cancer fri! Helt fantastiskt! Jag ser fram emot att säga samma sak…KRAMAR!

  2. You are always in our prayers. You have such a great support system going there. Keep up the good work and don’t let that mind bother you. Lots of love, Snork & Barb

  3. You are so strong Filippa and I really admire you. And the way you write your feelings down is so well written, I can see and feel everything as if I was there with you in person. Another gift of yours! Love you and thinking of you.

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