My team – Mike and Joyce – brought me to the Chemo room. Brr. It is cold in there – but heated blankets made the nurses my friends for life. There are around 10-15 stations – mine had a big blue chair and a dizzying array of tubes, suspended bags and machines – lots of buttons.
I had two meds this first day – two bags to be drained into my veins – slowly – or so it seemed to me – one took an hour and the other took 45 minutes (oh, it’s shorter!! uh huh). I found that I can’t sit still for three hours – guess nerves.
But the needle slid in my arm and the drips began. Nothing. Didn’t feel anything but ants crawling in my nerves like they have been doing all along. I tried observing – watching the nurses as they went about their day. One woman had the most beautiful paint job done on her hair – pinks, golds, blues, green – over her long black hair. She had my favorite desk too – little toys and such. And a decorated gourd. Of course, her desk was only one I could see.
I kept a watch on the bag level – almost mentally pushing it out into my arm so I could leave faster. I don’t like cold. I brought a hat, a blanket and a scarf – they warned me it would be cold.
So the team and I went home. Have to be back Thursday and Friday – 3 days on meds and 21 days off. Had a good night’s sleep, but awoke with a little nausea. But a little pill – they have a pill for everything – and a walk – I was feeling better.
I even had a light breakfast and lots of water. I never was much of a water-drinker, but now I reach for an iced water like a lifeline.
So, I think I tolerated the first day rather well. Be Here Now. More later.