I am so tired, so I beg your forgiveness now if this is a bit of a spotty post. I am tired due to the steroids that they gave me. They make it hard to sleep!
The day moved along and my husband drove me down to the clinic. The day’s appointment was to be only 90 minutes. This turned into 2 1/2 hours. I worked on the jigsaw puzzle in the waiting room while waiting to be called in. Ron, another patient who was there with me the day before, and going through the same regimen as I am, came in. We chatted for a bit and then were called to come in to the treatment room.
We were the only two patients there. The nurses had just returned from lunch. Before taking my seat I helped myself to some grape juice and got Ron a water.
They started to get us both set up. Helen asked me which arm we should use and I said that we should try the one with the least amount of bruising so that I could have a matching set! As she tried to get the vein to come up, I told them all that I sang a little song to my husband on the way in. It was to the tune “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story…♪♫♫♪ “I’m so pretty. Oh so pretty. I am purple and green and blue.” ♪♫♫♪
Well, I least I got everyone laughing! This was good!
Helen struggled in getting the needle in and the pain made me jump. Today this actually hurt the entire time, and rather than going through another round of prodding and more bruising I decided I would just put up with it. After all, today was supposed to be only 90 minutes.
They started me off once again with a saline drip, then added the steroids and some anti nausea meds. After these were done, we had to wait for our cocktails that were still be gently shaken. After an hour of being there this was finally ready. Ron was already underway and I was about 5 minutes behind him.
I sat and read my book. Have you read any of the Game of Thrones books? Good reading! Time moved on as I read about Sansa, Jaime, Cersai and Jon Snow. As the drip was dripping I began to feel a bit sleepy, and was having some discomfort along my sides. They did the usual blood pressure, temperature and pulse check before they started.
I was finally done around 3:30. Ron wished me and everyone a happy Easter and then left. I still had to be taken apart. Before leaving Helen gave me some lidocaine cream to use before leaving home for the next round of chemo. I should mark the spot with a patch so that it would help me with the pain of the needle. Thank you Helen!
We got back home, settled in. For dessert I had a peach sorbet and noticed one of the second side effects of chemo. I could actually taste the metal of the spoon as I ate the sorbet. They told me to use plastic in that case, and unfortunately we could not find one. Plenty of knives and forks, but no spoons!
I headed to bed hoping for a good nights sleep. That was not to come. Between the tossing and turning, and getting up every half hour to relieve myself of the 3 quarts of fluid that I drank during the day, it was maybe around 3ish that I finally got to sleep. I did not sleep very soundly and had a totally weird dream. I smoked in my dream!
I am really tired. I know I said this before…so for now I am going to try to take a nap. I am now into my third day of no smoking. I want a cigarette only for the feel of it in my hand. I found that breathing deeply helps overcome this desire.
Be well all of you and my best – Jane