|Utilizing my Power Port for treatment|
Day 1 - I arrived at the cancer center at 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning. I utilized my numbing cream, so it was a breeze when my port was accessed. The easiest way I could describe my port access is that it was a sterile "plug in". All of the sterilized equipment, gloves, masks and needles were there, and then she just plugged the needle in to my power port. Testing was done for blood return, blood collected for testing and flushed with saline...and then it was good to go. Next step: poison time!
|The chemotherapy recliner that was mine for six hours!|
|One drug is actually manually pushed in for safety!|
As I sat in the chemotherapy room until almost 5:00 p.m., I saw people come and go. My family members could come in and check on me, bring me a drink, etc... but they are forbidden by FDA and EPA regulations to remain in the chemotherapy room. The room itself actually has over thirty treatment chairs in it, and some of the hardest working nurses I have ever met in my life. The first few moments of administering any drug were closely monitored, in case I had a reaction. My nurse's name was Angie, and as long as she was on duty, I was her responsibility. (I'll have to write another post just about the chemo room in the future.)
I returned home with several new prescriptions, including one antiemetic. An antiemetic is a drug that controls or may even prevent nausea. I began taking them immediately upon returning home, but about 6 p.m. the nausea hit, and there wasn't any point of return, or so it seemed. Finally, about 10 p.m. we called the on-call physician at the cancer center. Jeff ( my mid-level practioner) immediately called me back. I was instructed to come back into the office for additional fluids the next day, and was allowed to take a Phenergan tablet to see if it would assist with the nausea. My whole life, phenergan has been our "vomiting go-to drug", but apparently it is very disliked in the oncology world! The Phenergan helped, and I was finally able to rest after midnight.
This is just a summary of Day 1...it only took me over two weeks to finally finish writing it! I apologize for lapsing with my blog for a few weeks. As you can imagine, so much has gone on since my first chemo treatment...in fact, it will take me several blog posts to catch you up on it. Maybe I'll catch up just in time to have my chemotherapy number 2 session, which is scheduled for this Thursday!