One down 34 to go.
I had my first day of treatments today.
It started at 7:30 when my big sister Sheana, (Don’t laugh at the spelling of her name it was our grandmothers fault. Everyone knows it should be spelled ( Sine’ )picked me up for the drive to the clinic.
8:15 bloodletting in the lab
9:00 registering in the chemo treatment room
9:15 to the pharmacy at the clinic to get the anti nausea drugs.
10:00 Barb the nurse with the snowflake earrings started the hydration drip
12:15 January 14th , The actual chemo drug started flowing and I am officially being cured now.
1:15 chemo replaced by more saline solution for the hydration and finally at 2:30 I was through with the chemo.
3:00 fitted with a dental mold to make tooth guards so my teeth don’t arc like metal in a microwave when they nuke me. Actually that’s a gross exaggeration but they do want the guards because fillings in your teeth tend to scatter the radiation and they don’t want it anywhere except where they aim it.
4:00 in to the radiation treatment room and positioned for the nuking by the therapists.
4:45 all done and on the way out of the clinic
6:00 pm all home and snug and wondering what all the fuss was about.
So far I haven’t felt any of the side effects that are such a worry. The medicos have all pointed out however that they tend to be cumulative as the therapy goes forward.
I only have days like this 3 times in the treatment programme. The rest of the days it is radiation only so it takes from 1 to 2 hours instead of all day.
By the way my first piece of advice if you have to do this is to have a big sister like mine. She took the whole day, to basically sit, and watch, and make sure I was ok to get there and back. That and make lunch for me too which included minty chocolate cookies. Admit it your all a bit jealous now aren’t you.