Apr 16, 2020 12:50PM - edited Apr 16, 2020 03:55PM by BostonGal
I am writing a general report on my first chemotherapy session.
Oh but first, I want to thank all for all your posts and sharing. My heart is full.
So...yes...yesterday I was terrified. And in fact, I said as someone else said in a post "this is real!" Until I had knowledge of a firm date, I was in denial. But then yesterday, when I got the confirmation that they would start today, I had to conquer my fear.
So let me tell you about my experience.
I am having Adriamycin and Cytoxan first. Later I will have Taxol. I worried about the Adriamycin but my NP told me that they've made the careful decision to administer it first based on the specifics of my situation.
On arrival to the chemotherapy center, I was taken aback at how welcoming all were and how nice the treatment areas are. I chose a seat next to a window with a very nice view. I was tempted to hide in a corner, but made myself take the window seat!
An assistant took all my vital signs and then my chemo nurse came to me and gave me a quick overview of the day in a very easy to understand way. I like that because it eliminated my usual response to stress which is to pepper people with questions.
Here was the procedure:
1. Clean off my port area and put the iv needle in: did not even feel this!
2. Give me some steroid pills and two separate anti-nausea drugs in my iv line.
3. Give me some fluids in my iv to hydrate me. I was relieved that I did not need to pee but the nurse told me it would be no problem getting to the bathroom if I did. She also encouraged me to drink as much as I want during hydration.
4. Push the Adriamycin into the iv line. These were two large syringes full of a very bright red liquid and again, I didn't feel a thing and the nurse and I had a great conversation while she pushed the drug. Only took about 10 minutes or so I think.
5. I believe she then flushed and hydrated me again.
6. Hook the IV to some Cytotoxan (in a bag). That took about one hour to get in.
7. Someone brought lunch to me!!!!!!! Had a nice sandwich, soup and brought the big chocolate cookie,chips and apple home to enjoy later.
8. GO HOME!
I feel tired from anticipation and lack of coffee right now but nothing else really. Had a tiny bit of coffee and the chocolate cookie and will read and nap. I am supposed to drink a lot of liquid to flush out the remnants of the drugs. Adriamycin can turn your pee cherry red for a while and I got that. Feeling very slight cramping in the belly but that's the kind of thing that I might get anyway without the chemo and so I'm not going to make a big deal about this.
The bigger thing to relate is that I was overwhelmed with gratitude and a sense of peace while at the center. Ya'. I have cancer; but...I am SO grateful to have such good, kind, and skillful care!
My best to all!
Allie (aka BostonGal originally)