Nov 21, 2013 - 7:59 pm
Five weeks after my surgery I met with an oncologist, at a local cancer center. I expected this to be a short meeting as I am primarily just in a monitoring mode. My path had come back as Clear cell T1bNxM0. On the advice of many I elected to see a oncologist despite my urologist explaining that my odds of a cure were highly favorable. At the meeting the Oncologist decided that I should have a Chest CT as this had not been done prior to my nephrectomy (they had done a chest X-ray). This set off a chain of events which of course included a blood test which resulted in a low creatinine level. They did the chest CT, but the low creatinine required me to be on an IV for 2 hours after my CT. This gave me my first experience in the "infusion room".
I have had some medicial training to include EMT Basic. But no training I have ever had talked about the "infusion room". Sounds like a place out of a sci fi novel, but of course the experience is far from, as many on this forum already know. I had been to the local blood bank prior to my surgery, but though the rooms looked much the same, the folks within were very different. This was a place that was no stranger to pain and sorrow. My compassion for those in Chemo has multiplied megafold and I hope my CT is clear.