Yeah, so, I had my first round of chemo on Friday. It started out pretty uneventful.
My nurse Luis sent us up in corner chairs with a lovely view. Luis seems really great, and I hope he is my regular nurse. He called me to followup, and it seems like he really cares, and he offered helpful advice.
So, things started out pretty smoothly. The port is the best thing ever. It doesn’t even really hurt when they stick the needle in. Gone is the struggling to find a vein, and being poked over and over. I kinda wish we were all just born in a port. Oh, how very “Matrix” of me. Anyway, the chemo itself was fine. Luis gave me some anti-nausea drugs beforehand, and during the chemo I didn’t have any adverse reactions. When I left after two hours, I felt pretty OK … until I got home.
When I got home, I felt kinda terrible. I took my anti-nausea med. Too late! What ensued was about 10 hours of nausea and vomiting, and I was unable to keep the anti-nausea meds down to prevent more nausea. It was awful. Imagine the worst hangover, but you don’t feel any relief after throwing up. It’s like that. It sucks.
Eventually, my stomach calmed down, and around midnight I was able to take the meds and get some sleep. Since then, I’ve been taking anti-nausea meds like clockwork. I set an alarm. I’m not fooling around. The anti-nausea meds are working, but they make me loopy and sleepy. It’s difficult to concentrate for any amount of time, so you will have to excuse any typos. But I really wanted to update you guys on my progress.
I don’t go back in for another round until March 27. At that point, I’m taking short-term disability from work, because it’s ridiculous to try to do chemotherapy and work at the same time, especially if you don’t have to. My work as a pretty decent short-term disability plan, and that’s what it is there for, so I’m going to use it. I’ll be off work until mid-August. It would like an summer vacation if it wasn’t for the whole chemo thing. Cancer ruins everything.
So, that’s the latest. Thank you, folks, for all your kind words on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I truly appreciate it, and they mean a lot.