Yesterday was a long day! Holy crap! Thank you to everyone on the text messages, PMs, wall posts, and support. It helped me have the confidence yesterday I was lacking to get through this! 💪🏻 Rock on Warriors! The yesterdays adventure started as this:
So I was up by 4:30am because a certain cat was all over me! And I mean all over! I kept waking up to her laying in my chest, which didn’t hurt but she’s not light either! Haha! I kept getting head butted, licked, and drooled on, which in cat language is “I love you”. Left the apartment around 6:30 and arrived for my practice radiation. I met the team, even got a direct phone number to the back, and ran through my practice setting. I’ll try and get a picture of the room tomorrow! Everyone was really nice!
Then after that at 8:00 am came the PICC line. I’ll be honest that was kinda scary. I arrived was taken cake and Jeff was given a card just like when I was in surgery. They did vitals, I talked with the nurse and then they allowed Jeff back. I was taken back to a small operating room. This nurse was funny as hell. The doctor was very dry. Didn’t even laugh at the noises I make when I was being numbed! I would have watch them insert, but I saw a giant needle and decided to etch the x-ray instead. The first try, it didn’t float where it should but on the second try we got it! This line goes from my arm all the way to just above my heart! Crazy I know! I was cleaned up and got a quick snack the off to chemo!
I had some blood drawn before hand which was nice because NO POKES! It was taken off the PICC line! So nice! Then was off to my chair! I was given fluids and some magnesium and antinausea meds first. Just made me pee.
The nurse then told me my hemoglobin was down. They did a redraw to confirm. That came back low too. So tomorrow I am getting a unit of blood! Crazy weird! I feel fine, no dizziness, lightheaded, or anything. I mean I was walking most of the weekend without any trouble, just soreness from the surgery wounds!
Then they hung the big drugs. The chemo itself. Didn’t feel any different and wa the same olive as everything else. Lame. Then when that was done it was more fluids, stuff to make me pee, and another magnesium! I felt like a water ballon and was peeling like a race horse. The peeing has its purpose though. You do not want the chemo medication stating very long. At least in the bloodstream. It’ll kill kidneys and I kinda like those! I have never peed so much in my life!
I’m went home drank some water took my antinausea medication and feel asleep until about right now. So it’s about 2am the cat thinks that because I’m awake it’s 5 am and she’ll get fed. Once again all over me, but this time I’m glad. I was worried I would smell different and she wouldn’t want to be near me. So I’m very happy. Just took one of two antinausea meds. Will take the other in a few hours and then starts tomorrow!
I was a very prepared patient. Between my mom, who ran chemo, and step mom, whoa late husband was in chemo and she’s also a nurse and does infusions, I was a very informed patient. I don’t think they told me anything I didn’t know when I was getting my chemo! That felt good. So thank you! It felt good to go into the first one and fell confident!
As of now I feel good. Not going tod say anymore don’t wanna jinx it! I could sleep so I thought I’d update. Today is a follow up for my surgery at 10:40, blood at 1:00 and radiation at 4:30. Another long day!
Rock on my warriors! 💪🏻😎
My PICC line
1st chemo treatment down!
This is my favorite sback ever! and they have thrm at chemo!