|waiting to start Taxol|
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!