On June 23, 2011, I had my first chemo treatment. McD was kind enough to take photos for me. Thanks, McD!
I've tried to point out the freezing spray that they used to numb me before sticking my port. I am so thankful for freezing spray.
The first thing they have me hooked up to is a drug to help keep me from getting nauseated. I can only imagine what was going through my mind at this point. I knew nothing, had no idea what to expect, and to be honest was a little scared.
This is Nurse J. She is telling me about the drug that will keep me from getting nauseated, and explaining that she is going to go over some things with me while I get this medicine. It usually takes about twenty minutes for this bag.
Here we are going over everything in a very important Blue Book. She told me we were going to go over it, and explained how they ran out of the blue covers. I had to bring my blue book out, and then explain to her how my good friend got it for me at the Stillwater Clinic.
When it is time to start the chemo drugs both of the nurses come to you, one askes you for your name and date of birth, and then they can start the drugs. It is just a check to make sure they give you the correct cocktail.
It could be because I had such good company the whole time I was there. Thanks, Stef, for coming down and spending your lunch hour with me. 🙂
I finally finished all of my meds, and then they had to flush my port with saline. I just have to say that saline tastes horrible. I have learned that it is best to have a mint handy when they flush the port. Then after they flush the port they put some Heparin in there, and it doesn't taste good either.
So if you are getting ready to start chemo have some mints handy. Cinnamon Altoids worked for me in the hospital, and I have now moved on to plain Cinnamon Disks because the Altoids were so stinkin' hot.
This is what it was life for me. I don't know if it is any different for anyone else, but this is all I can share with ya. It is all I know.
Tomorrow, July 14, will be my second chemo treatment. Please pray that it goes better than the last. I will be getting an injection on Friday to help boost my white cell count, so hopefully I won't have to be back in the hospital.
I will be posting earlier tomorrow. Hopefully you will want to play along. It is going to be a kind of Thankful Thursday theme, so be thinking about what you are thankful for now.