March 7th was my first chemo treatment, my appointment was for 8:15 in the morning in another city nearby…just this one time because I would be there for 4-5 hours…and I was.
Transportation picked me up just a little after 7:00 in the morning, I arrived at Loma Linda Medical Center a half hour before my scheduled appointment. There were so many people in the waiting area…all waiting for treatment.
My nurse was there, I was seated in a comfortable chair, IV pole right next to me. My nurse asked me if I had taken my Tylenol and Benadryl, yes I had…another nurse cut in and said I would be receiving more Benadryl via IV…which I had a slight reaction to…made me feel like I was a little confused.
Sterile Saline is run into the vein once the IV is started, then came along a couple of other smaller pouches piggy backed into the Saline. I did become sick to my stomach…in part because I did not eat anything, and a mild reaction to that Benadryl. It didn’t last long however. I also had a B12 shot.
Transportation picked me up right away, and when I got home…I took a nap! I was tired. I think I was tired more because I did not sleep well the night before and got up extra early to feed my three cats, make my Mother’s breakfast, prepare her a plate for lunch and make sure she had plenty of water. Mom is sedentary and 88 years old.
Today, March 8th I had an early morning appointment at the local office…they have two offices, and my local office will be where I will go from now on….I had a chemo treatment and that lasted for one hour. You get the drug along with the Sterile Saline. I truly don’t feel anything.
Tomorrow morning I have to take 500 mg of Tylenol, 25 mg of Benadryl and 75 mg of Zantac one half hour before all of my Leukine shots. After tomorrow’s shot I have more shots coming….10 of them and even on Saturday and Sunday. A shot a day. I was handed a schedule. Each Monday beginning the 13th of March through April 3rd I have lab appointments for three different non fasting lab tests. I will see the Dr. on the 23rd of the month. April 3rd & 4th chemo treatments.
I was to begin with iron today, but a patient was having a reaction to her iron which is given through the IV and my nurse told me she would put mine off for another day and too because I had experienced a reaction yesterday as well as she didn’t want two patients with reactions! So that made sense to me!
I gave my sister a copy of my treatment schedule so she knows what is going on, where I will be at different times of each day. My sister is a huge help to me in the care of our Mother. She comes over twice a week to bathe and shampoo her hair and goes through her bathroom that I have a weak stomach about…I truly do. So yes…a huge help. She has also helped with our Mother’s wash, but I do it up as well. Between us, we are always busy. If my sister can not come her daughter, my niece will come by after her work to see that Mom is bathed and her hair shampoo’d. So as long as her needs are meant we are all good.
I don’t know how I will feel as things progress along, my own PCP had cancer and told my sister that it was rough on him and there was no way I would be able to continue on with the care of our Mother. While everyone is different, we will need to see how things go. I don’t feel any different today then I did last week with two chemo treatments behind me, but I don’t know how those shots or if those shots will change things for me…will have to see after that first one.
I also noticed on my schedule my chemo amounts increase in April so perhaps things will all change but I am still going to remain positive and do my best. It is about all one can do.
I will keep us updated on everything I experience, until then…have a great evening!