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Jul 9, 2019 12:44PM
I bought my laptop to AC infusion #1, so you are all right here with me for the play by play. Surprisingly, my nurse says today will be shorter than I thought. The Adriamycin is a 10 minute push, and the cyclophosphamide is a 30 minute long infusion. My husband is here with me for company. I bought a ridiculously heavy bag of stuff I thought I needed. Will downsize the packing next time.
0900: First they took my vitals, height, and weight. Then accessed my port (a little needle sting and immediate taste of the saline), now fluids infusing, Zofran (anti nausea) and Decadron (steroid). I plan on taking Zofran at home around the clock for the next few days. I'm avoiding nausea at all costs!
10:03 Now infusing Emend (long-acting anti-nausea med).
10:40 10 minute push of Adriamycin. Eating ice chips during it to avoid mouth sores. I went pee after and my urine had already started to turn red!!
11:01 30 minute infusion of cyclophosphamide. Just been given a bag of freebies! I'm all about the freebies! It's a bag of stuff for chemo. I'll probably just bring this bag next time. www.thechemobag.org
11:30 flushing w saline. Given instructions on Neulasta on pro (I took a Claritin then and there. The nurse said next time can even start taking it the day before. She recommended Motrin for any bone pain. I asked if I could use Aleve (naproxen) which I have at home already. I like that it's a 12 hour med. Less doses to remember.
11:53 walking out. It was three hours from walking in to walking out. I feel a little fuzzy headed and ready for a nap. Day 1 is done and they can't make me do it again!
jjpope1: You made it through Day 1! Thanks for all the info on how it went for you. Can't believe the hot flashes started so soon.
Dogmomrunner: Thanks for the good wishes! I'm curious, are you still running? I still haven't been cleared to exercise, but I've been walking and riding my bike. Hoping to be cleared to do at least yoga soon.
dvhmouse: So glad day 1 is behind you. "Done and dusted" as me mum used to say! Day 2 will be so much less stressful as you know what to expect now.
Kjchico: Yep, I'll be doing chemo through Dec and then 6 weeks of radiation after that. It's an incredibly long process, but at least we're getting going on it. It's been a drag and a half just getting to this point!
UpstateNYer: I hardly drink any water usually, but I am chugging it now and thinking of you. Thanks for the tips to ease and prevent SE.
2019Whatayear: Thanks a million for that brilliant list of podcasts. It will be a lifesaver. I've already started on Cabinet of Curiosities. Wishing you all the best with your treatment!
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