Sorry to not post yesterday. I thought I’d be able to, but I slept instead…A LOT!
Round 1 went pretty well. I was pretty nervous, but it wasn’t bad.
We had a long visit with the pharmacist there about the drugs I would be taking, what they did and what to expect from them. It was nice to hear such good information.
After that, the nurse, who was awesome, started me on anti-nausea meds, a steroid and Benedryl. About that time, my mom, sister and dad showed up to give me some moral support. It was a chemo party, and it was awesome. Took my mind off what was to come.
In the middle of our chemo party, a very nice man came over and asked if I was Jenny. He said he read my blog and knew I liked Chick Fil A so he wanted to give me a gift card for all the troubles I had so far. It was AMAZINGLY nice. In fact, I was so stunned by it that I never bothered to ask him his name.
He also boosted my husband’s ego by telling him he looked like Gerard Butler. I’ve never caught Alan doing this look on camera, but here is the closest comparison I could give:
Today, I saw him walking a group of men around the cancer center for a tour. I guess he is with the administration. That was a really nice outreach.
So, if you read this, thank you to the unnamed Chick-Fil-A pickle lover! I second you on that.
Next, the nurse comes and gives you the Adriamycin through a big syringe. She pushes it through my port slowly over about 15-20 minutes. I didn’t feel anything.
Mom, Keri and Dad all left around that time, and all we had left was the Cytoxan.
That went well until about half way through when I thought my nose was burning a little bit. Then it spread to my sinuses under my eyes. I started to get a headache. We called the nurse who hasn’t seen that specifically happen. By the time she talked to the pharmacist, we were at the end of the IV. Once she unhooked me the burning stopped. The headache faded away about half way home.
The told me to tell Dr. Razaq about this. Maybe taking extra Benedryl will prevent this in upcoming treatments.
We got home around 5:30 pm. I crashed until the pizza came at 6:30 p.m. After eating a piece of pizza I got my first bout of nausea. I took one of the meds they gave me. I conked out until I woke up pouring sweat around 9:30 p.m. I felt nauseated again so I took my backup nausea medicine. I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until 7 a.m.
Today, I have felt very jittery. Maybe the steroid? I’m tired…kind of like you feel you are coming down with something. Knot in my stomach. To be honest, it feels like a bad hangover.
I went to work and stayed until about 2 p.m. I’m currently waiting to get my Neulasta shot which will stimulate my body to produce more white blood cells since we just obliterated them all yesterday. This is the fun med that gives you lots of bone and joint pain.
Will update you on how that goes!
Thanks again for all of the sweet messages, texts and emails. I read and appreciated every single one.