Well, the first day of chemotherapy has arrived! While I’m certainly not looking forward to it, I am looking forward to being done with it (March 2015), and being cancer free forever! Here’s how my day is going:
Many thanks to my beautiful wife Michelle for hanging with me all day at the chemo place. I love you very much!!
10:15PM : So, one of the side effects I was hoping to avoid kicked in during the Operations Team meeting at church tonight. Got there around 6:30PM with my ice cold bottle of Powerade, took a nice gulp, and immediately felt a pain in my throat accompanied by a not so nice after taste. That’s all due to the Oxaliplatin, and will likely resolve itself at some point. But, it may also stick around for a while, so I may have to curb my milk shake habit for a bit! I am very grateful that I’m not experiencing any nausea, because we all know how fun that is! All in all, I’m feeling well…even went out for my nightly walk. I’ll chalk this day up as a success and give all the glory to God!
2:45PM : Done! Off the IV tree, and hooked up to the pump. Gotta run with that for 46 hours, and then have it disconnected on Wednesday. Then I check back with the doctor on Friday to get my blood work done, and then I’m good until the next treatment. So far no side effects except some mild tongue numbing, and what appears to be an increased sensitivity to cold on my tongue. I do hear from Meta that it might be a few days before some of the other stuff kicks in, so we’ll wait an see. But, for the moment, I’m doing super good!
Many thanks to everybody for their kind words, thoughts and prayers! As the saying goes, another milestone #inthebag!
2:00PM : Our good friends the Masons just brought me a super tasty mint Boba Tea! Thanks!
1:30PM : Apparently, along with the Oxaliplatin, I’ve been getting Folinic Acid…who knew! Next up, in thirty minutes, is another round of Magnesium and Calcium, for about 30 minutes, followed by Fluorouracil on a pump, which I’ll have for 48 hours.
1:20PM : Almost 90 minutes into my Oxaliplatin, and no side effects to speak of. No nausea, which is good. I seem to have a tiny bit of numbness in my tongue, but nothing big. So far so good!
12:00PM : Started my 120 minute (2 hour) course of Oxaliplatin. Hopefully no side effects! We did get to watch a little video about the chemo pump I’m headed home with. Bottom line…any issues with it, call the InfuSystem hotline!
11:22AM : Moving on to the Calcium and Magnesium drips. These are aimed at reducing the side effects of the other more vicious medicines. This will run for 30 minutes.
11:15AM : Stuff dripping through the IV…it’s all real now!
11:00AM : Blood tests came back normal…everything in the good range. Now it’s time for my pre-meds…anti nausea and some other stuff to help reduce the effects of the bad stuff. Who hoo!
10:45AM : After some waiting and the previous meeting, made it back to the chemo area. Got the IV hooked up to my portacath (PowerPort), got my blood drawn, and am waiting for the results (checking white/red cell levels). While not super painful, it did smart a bit when she (Jeanne) put the needle into my port. But, all things considered, it’s a super cool invention and a neat way to do an IV. It’s obvious that I’m going to be here today longer than I thought!
9:40AM : Met with Dr. Rosenberg to discuss a few things, and make sure everything was in order. Met with the financial person…wow, this stuff is expensive!
9:30AM : Arrived at Arizona Oncology