Chemotherapy round 1 is now complete-only 7 more to go! I am so lucky, I think the most common treatment for people with this condition is 12 rounds. I am hoping to miss the worst of the side effects given since they are cumulative and I have fewer rounds scheduled.
My chemotherapy takes place locally in the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. I have been working with Alisha. She is a blessing-very nice with a soothing personality, professional, organized, and unruffled no matter how busy she gets.
My chemotherapy sessions will be two weeks apart and I will finish in April. I go in in the morning for labs, visit with my doctor and then return to the Chemotherapy Suite. It is a really pleasant place. There are cubbies for your outdoor items, reading material, and reclining heated chairs (ah!) I have pre-meds to help with the nausea that can be a side-effect of chemotherapy, then the chemotherapy drugs. After those drugs are infused, I get a “push” of another drug and I am sent home with a pump to infuse that last drug into my system for 46 hours. It takes about 3 hours on Monday and I go back on Wednesday to have the pump removed.
That’s how it goes in theory, anyway. The pump did not work so well this week. My port (what’s that?) is deeper than most, possibly due to inflammation at the site. The needle worked loose and they will need to order longer needles to effectively utilize my port.
Yesterday I was pretty tired from the chemo. I am feeling a bit better today, but still not at 100%. I hate to wish my life away, but I am really looking forward to finishing the chemotherapy treatments.