There is something ridiculous about being hooked up to six IV bags at once. I’m glad to be getting out of here in an hour or so, but I still feel pretty darn tired. Bruno is an excellent co-pilot when it comes to napping on the couch. I plan to take him up on the offer as soon as I get home.
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Yesterday was the friggin’ pits! I went in for “quick” chemo, just Bleomycin, which supposedly takes 15 minutes or so. I started off being late for my 6:45 AM appointment because I didn’t wake up early enough. I’m pretty sure I came close to passing out when my IV was put in, but I wasn’t particularly upset about it. I then had an “assessment-style” appointment about my current treatment. All of my tests are coming back good/normal. I complained (probably a lot) about things, especially when repeatedly asked “How are you feeling?”. Relative to chemo treatment, I’m feeling ok. Relative to a normal person, shitty. Ha!
I was told that Bleomycin, by itself, has minimal side effects- I might get a fever. Sweet. I was told that I didn’t need any additional anti-nausea meds (beyond the ones I already take regularly at home). I acknowledged this and OK’d the nurse to proceed.
I arrived home a little before noon. I decided to take a quick nap before working from home for the afternoon. This quick nap turned into about 6-hours of freezing chills, headaches and vomiting. Needless to say, I didn’t get any work done. This was the worst day for side effects to date. I will always ask for additional medication going forward.
Today I am feeling OK. I spent the day around the house cleaning up a bit. I’m glad to have some energy back.
The nausea won this morning. I tried to take my meds, half a banana and a glass of water for breakfast around 5:15 AM. It lasted about 30 seconds before Jess woke up to my heaving. Although I was hungry, I couldn’t eat or drink anything until roughly 11 AM. My nurse switched my oral medications over to an IV version to get it in my system.
I slept through nearly the entire visit to Dana-Farber. Yet again, I was emotional about being in there when it came time to hook up the IV. I didn’t try to fight the fatigue, and the dozing off seemed to pass the time more quickly.
I am now taking 3 different kinds of anti-nausea meds. One of which, moonlights as a sleeping pill/anti-depression, which must be working because I feel generally ok about things right now.
Tomorrow should be an easy day. I will wake up, work from home in the morning and have a quick appointment at Dana-Farber in the afternoon for a shot of red blood cells. I will progressively feel better over the next two weeks now that my first week of treatment is over.
The two patients seated adjacent to me make my 9-week chemo treatment seem like a joke. The first has 6-weeks on, 2-weeks off, repeated for 6 months. The second person is undergoing chemo indefinitely, as it treats, but will never cure his combination of colon and lung cancer. I think it is important to keep this in perspective, as this will be just a “remember when” story for me after August.
I woke up feeling great today. I hit the hay last night around 8:30 PM to ensure I would be well rested for my 4 AM wake up. While eating cereal, I realized my appointment time was moved out an hour (actually 8 AM), so I went back to bed for a bit. I’ll need to keep better track of my appointments moving forward- I simply shoved the list into my backpack yesterday without paying attention.
Upon being hitched up to my IV today, my stomach started to feel a little funky. I won’t go so far as to say it is nausea, but it doesn’t exactly feel super. It temporarily goes away when I eat snacks.
I’m kind of confused why I’m practically the only sucker here at Dana-Farber getting an infusion right now. This place was packed yesterday! I want to go out tonight for some fun, but I doubt I will be able to stay awake past 9 PM.
I’m now sitting in one fully-equipped lay-z-boy recliner with a built-in TV. I’ve got two big bags of saline connected to my IV, which is making my arm feel pretty darn cold. I am told this is normal. In a few hours I will get the actual chemo drugs. One of the technicians told me that chemo makes you feel tired, but your body physically isn’t; and by recognizing this, you can fight off some of the fatigue.
Now it’s time to wander around- my IV is on wheels!
They put my IV in the forearm, rather than the elbow this morning. I was a little more of a man about it this time, but still unsuccessfully requested Novocaine first. Before I came in, I was wondering how a person lives with an IV in their elbow for 6 days- clearly they don’t! I’m now waiting for my doctor to arrive so that I start the actual treatment.