Sitting in the big chair. Dopey on Benadryl. The Ativan should kick in soon. Trying to count the number of pharmaceuticals going into my body right now. Let’s count together:
- Lorazepam (Ativan) – makes me calm.
- Benadryl – to supress allergic reactions. Also makes me sleepy
- Acetaminophen – fancy name for aspirin
- Saline – 150mg – gotta keep the ole’ kidney’s clean
- Aloxi – anti-nausea, so i don’t toss my cookies.
- Decadron – steroids, makes dink more homers
- viagra – puts a party in my pants!
- ABVD – the big four
Ok, they are not giving me viagra. But i asked.
Everyone here is very nice. The facility is clean and bright. They have gingersnaps. I feel like I’m backstage in the VIP room of the Cancer Club. Which is a lot like getting backstage at the Whiskey A Go-Go, except the Rolling Stones have never played the UCLA Cancer Treatment Center (unless I get my wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation).
I am mostly loopy and nervous. My first chemo treatment in the hospital was a borderline nightmare with the long, long wait and multiple delays. Getting pumped ful of an unknown chemical which makes my hand burn at 11:30pm would probably turn most people off.
But it is very different experience to come to a clinic where all they do is chemo treatments. They are very understanding and patient (so far). They look at the chart and have a plan the entire way through. And did I mention the gingersnaps?
And in goes the Red Devil first. Adryomyacin. Turns my pee orange. Given first because it could cause some side effects or discomfort. Let the games begin.
One down. 3 more to go.
Bleomyacin – This makes my hands go numb.
Vinblastine now. This chemical is made from a plant that grows in Madagascar. How about that.
Dacarbazine – This is the one I have a problem with. It burned my hand last time and I have to be on a slow drip to deal with it. This is mostly a side-effect of using the veins in my arm instead of having a port in my chest. The nurse is trying different things to make this less unpleasant (tingling in my hands, mild pain in IV area).
Good attention from the nurse. Time for more gingersnaps.
Oh, and my white blood cell counts are a little low – White Blood Cells @ 2.7 (4.1-10.9) and Granulocytes were at 1.4.
I’ll let my mom Google those terms and she if she can come up with a diagnosis…
In the meantime, I’ll be getting Neupogen shots which will raise my white blood cells. I want Jen to give me the shot at home – really make her uncomfortable. But we will have our neighbors the nurses do it for us. Always a good idea to have a couple nurses around for these things. They are small needles – like insulin for diabetes.
The Neupogen works with my bones where they make white blood cells. It will help keep me healthy but could cause bone pain. Everything has its price.
All done. The IV goes beep beep. I feel just like my car after an oil change at Jiffy Lube.