Jun 18, 2009 - 2:58 pm
4 down two to go. It was an uneventful day for which I am thankful. It was my first visit to this infusion center and I was very impressed with it. It is much smaller than the one we went to in Tampa. Much more personal touch here. We got there at 8:00 and walked out at 4:30. No reactions this time.
This place has four chairs together, so you have the opportunity to visit with others. One person was someone I had worked with at the hospital for many years. It was great visiting with her, but wish it would have been under different circumstances. You do get to share stories with others in that kind of set up.
This also has big windows which overlook a Therapuetic Garden. It was a sunny day, so it was beautiful to look out and see the flowers.
They gave me a "Quillow of Hope". It it a quilt that folds up into a pillow. You can take it back and forth to chemo is desired. It is really nice. One side is a purple plaid and the other has small green and purple flowers with a light green background. Then there is an embroidered cancer ribbon that has "Quillow of Hope" stitched in it.
They gave me different pre chemo drugs, but had the same actions. I got Claritin rather than benadryl as it lasts longer. I got Tagement instead of Zantac. Each hospital has their own formulary they use. I also Aloxi instead of Zofran. They said it would last 3 days instead of the 4 - 6 hours for Zofran. I was hoping it would help with my nausea that I have had since my internal radiation, but I needed to take a compazine again last night.
Today is a "hamster" day with all my extra energy from the extra steroids I took the night before and the morning of the treatment, and then they gave me more steroids IV. This is the best day I've had since my internal radiation. I think I'll enjoy it while it lasts. I got to work outside for hours today, instead of my usual 1 hour. I got lots done.
I had lab the day before, and it tooke 3 sticks to get the lab, and two sticks to get the chemo started. I thought I had good veins before all this started, but that chemo really does a job on the veins. I will try to drink more fluids before I go next time and see if that helps. I thought I had drank plenty though. Only two more times, hope the veins hold out.
My onocologist told me she was so excited about my CA 125 and that my labs before this chemo were spectacular. It is great to see a doctor who is so enthusiastic. I really like her.
I submitted a new picture with "all" my hair (hope it comes through). I finally got brave enough seeing all of your new pictures. It will leave me soon. Last time it started falling out by the 12 th day after chemo. I always had natural curly hair, so it is coming in wavy now. It is very salt and pepper color. I will miss it again, but I know it is only temporary.
One of the nurses told me yesterday "Everyday we live, is a day HE gives" I am so thankful for each day I have. Hope all is well with all of you.
In Peace and Caring. HUGS to you.