Sunday, September 2, 2012

Taxol Day One

waiting to start Taxol
Today was my first chemotherapy treatment. I made arrangements for all of my kids to get to school with friends or school bus and my DH and I were out-the-door before 7 am. Let me tell you, you need to get to chemo EARLY to beat the other sick cancer patients to the number dispenser. Lesson #1... no chemo patient is too sick to elbow you on the way to the number dispenser so wear your fastest Nikes!

Armed with "lucky" #399, I waited for blood work. You wait around a lot before chemo actually starts. Unfortunately, I had an annoyance because I was told that the insurance hadn't yet approved my Taxol treatment so the nurse ordered the other drug, Carboplatin, for today. That upset me because I'd already planned for a long day out. To make a long story short, my oncologist, Prof. C, took care of that right away and I had Taxol.  Your chemo nurse is the boss but when in doubt the oncologist can overrule her. Lesson #2: don't be shy, speak up! That's me!

After about 2 and a half hours of waiting, I began my cocktail of IV med.s before chemo; anti nausea, anti-histamines, steroids, etc.. The drugs knocked me out. I slept on and off for the roughly 5 hours of uneventful chemotherapy treatment #1.

As for side effects.... I. Am. Exhausted. I've been nauseated and sick too but nothing too terrible.

Tomorrow I head back for day #2. I'm scheduled to get Carboplatin which, should take less time. I can do it!


9 comments:

  1. You CAN do it! There are so many people thinking about you! You CAN do it!

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  2. Erika it's a mitzvah you have the courage to chronicle the details of your experience. Maybe it will help alleviate the fear of someone else who reads it. Love to you, Dave and mishpacha!

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  3. Thank you for posting this to let us all know how you are doing. You look so sweet with your quilt! One day at a time is all you need to do and thank G-d this first day is over already. Continued blessings.... !

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  4. Wishing you strength as you begin this journey to health!

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  5. WELL DONE ERIKA, HOPE THE ANTI 'BOMIT' (MY GRNADSONS WORD!!) MEDICATION IS HELPING. STAY STRONG ERIKA LOTSA LUV FROM SHIRLEY (PERTH) xxxxx

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  6. I have to agree with Dave. Cancer is so scary...thanks for shedding a light on it for the rest of us who care.
    By the way- I just remembered, I had a dream about you last night. We were in your hospital before the Chemo and I was showing you pictures on my iPhone. I guess my spirit IS with you!
    Thinking of you daily old friend.

    Hugs,

    Lin

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  7. I second what AJ says - it is a huge mitzvah that you are sharing your experience in an open way that still honors your privacy.

    Saw your big and little girl out waiting for their rides in the morning. Your children are amazing - full of grace and dignity yet not losing the ability to be kids.

    Chizki v'imtzi - thinking and praying for you.

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  8. dear lord, even cancer patints have to always be on top of stuff to protect their interests...why do they need the insurance to approve it...ugh...she lo neda.

    Yeshar Koach, Eshet Hail. Yes you can!

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