Boy, was I ever nervous on the way to the doctor's office yesterday. I think it was due to the fear of the unknown - more than anything else. My husband took me there. The first thing the nurse did was get the IV lines hooked up to my med-port. Whoa, that hurt! I thought I was gonna jump right outta that chair 'cause it burned so much. I tried not to but I started crying. Mostly from the pain but also from looking around at everything in that room and attempting to come to terms of why I was even there.
The room wasn't crowded with other patients at that point. I have to say I was relieved. Three people were finished just as I was beginning my treatment. One gentleman came in for his treatment and left while I was still there. Another lady was there the entire time. The atmosphere was different than what I expected. Not a lot of pressure to engage in conversation if you didn't want to. I did talk to some of the others in the room but we talked about other stuff - our families, etc. - and not strictly about our cancer experience. I was glad.
My treatment only lasted two hours instead of three. I got all snuggled on the couch after I got home. I was so sleepy and dozed off and on for hours. The nurse told us a headache is a typical side effect of the drugs I received. I did (and still do) have one. Despite taking the anti-nausea medicine, I felt sick all evening and right on through today. (Glad I had those oyster crackers on hand!)
I have to get myself ready to go to the doctor's office for that boost-up shot. I've got to be there anytime before 3 PM. Thankfully it's just a 'walk in/get the shot/walk out' thing. A typical wait in almost every single one of the doctor's offices I have to go to is about 1 & a half-2 hours. (Yes, I'm learning patience :)
Anyhow, I survived Treatment #1. Next week is full of more doctor's appointments (radiology oncologist/expander injections by the plastic surgeon/fasting bloodwork at the regular oncologist's office) but no chemo treatment. That will be the week after.
Thank you again for all the wonderful, encouraging, supportive comments and prayers. They are so appreciated. Wishing each one of you a lovely day!