Monday, July 26, 2010

This Ain't No Disco

Had labs drawn (everything looks great) and met with the oncology Doc, Dr. Grampa. He said 3 to 4 rounds of chemo, which means about 6 to 9 weeks more of this. Surgery to follow about 30 days after last treatment. This isn't new information, exactly: just a clarification. I was told originally that it could be up to 6 rounds.

Chemo finally underway at about 10:45 am.

They had some troubles getting the I.V. In, it took 2 nurses and 3 sticks. After the first unsucessful one, I get more and more jittery, so that makes their job harder as well.

Feeling dizzy and tired from the Emend pill and from the Palonosetron I.V. injection (more anti nausea). IV saline running now. Actual chemotherapy drugs yet to come.


John Slade said...

They need to spend less of their money on the reclining vibrating lazyboys and more on good stickers.

Ahhh, you get used to it. I remember that when I was getting my blood drawn super frequently it got better. Like my daily diabetes stick - it stings sometimes but I forget about it 30 sec after it's done.

Sucks tho.

Anonymous said...

I have never figured out how to request that a more-experienced tech draw the blood. I mean, how to request it in a way that is both polite and doesn't at the same time make the tech feel under pressure, and therefore get jittery, and thusly hamburger up the site.
Saying things like, "You're new at this. I can tell," and "Maybe you should call in somebody who knows how to do the job," and "I think we'd both feel a lot better about this if you just threw in the towel now, while I still have a site that can be worked on" will not work, I am sure.

Anonymous said...

OOps. That was me, Paw.

Anonymous said...

Not to stand up for someone who just doesn't know how to draw blood, but chemotherapy does horrible things to your veins, so it may be that, too. Not that you need to, but just in case you want to, you could ask for a port to be placed for you. The port is placed under the skin, usually on the right side of your chest. Yes, it is a surgery, but it does make it easier to get hooked up for chemo and sometimes for blood draws, too. And it is not permanent - it can be taken out pretty easily when you are done with your treament. It does leave a little scar, but that's manly, anyway, right :)

Mary Rohe

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