Feb 14, 2010 - 9:08 am
I had my first round of chemo on Friday the 12th. Apparently I had a textbook, immediate reaction to the Taxol - right after the nurse finished telling me and my husband that in 7 years of infusing the drug, she'd never seen a reaction. The doctor thanked me for teaching the nurse and his residents, since it's a teaching hospital - thankfully I found the intended humor in his words.
My husband said I turned purple. I know I was very flushed, hot from head to toe, and it definitely was immediate - within seconds. I had trouble breathing, extreme anxiety, and vomiting. After more benedryl and another steroid, they restarted 30 minutes later with no reaction (thankfully). I woke up the next morning bright red, like I was sunburnt. Thankfully it went away during the day.
It was one of the scariest things I've ever gone through. Have any of you experienced this, and had ongoing reactions?