|February 20th 2009...
posted on 2/20/09 11:17 pm
Today was my very first cycle of chemotherapy. I was pretty anxious about it and I'm so glad it's over. Now I know what to expect in terms of how chemo is administered and it really didn't hurt at all. I have a portacath implanted in my clavicle which allows the nurses to go straight to the port and not have to stick me a million times to set up an IV.
They said it takes a couple of days for the side effects to kick in, so I'm just going about my daily activities and keeping it moving. No need sitting around waiting to feel sick and ish.
The whole process today took about 7 hours, from registration until they unhooked me from the drips.
I had 4 meds before my chemo began. One was a steroid, two were anti nausea drugs and one of course was saline. They always give you saline. Then the TWO chemo drugs Paxol and Carbo, shortened versions. I've heard nothing nice about these damn steroids!!! I so don't want to gain weight and blow the hell up again but sadly I have no choice as I've been told the side effects are swelling of the face and body. UGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
I watched tv, read a couple of magazines, ate my snacks, journaled, napped, watched more tv, ate more snacks, sweated cause chemo gives you a crazy, crazy hot flash and contemplated the day.
It truly was a long day and I'm so very glad it's over. My next scheduled cycle is set for March 13th and I am so changing the date because it's on Friday the 13th and I'm not trying to be going up in there on that day. Call me what you like but I don't fugg around with that mess.
My cousin Michael is going through some serious stuff right now. He was diagnosed with brain cancer a couple of weeks ago. He had surgery and was doing well, then all of the sudden, BAM!!!!
He has to heal before they will give him chemo and maybe radiation. The sad thing about this is his mother (my aunt) just passed last year from cancer and his mother-in-law (my aunt) just passed a few months ago. Whoo boy it's been rough for my family and of course I don't understand but I know my God knows all.
I truly, truly think this is soooooooo unfair but I'm staying prayerful for him and for me. May God grant us both with the gift of total healing and long, healthy, prosperous lives in order to give Him all the Glory, Honor and Praise.
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