Friday was Chemo Round 2. Unlike last time I didn’t have all day to sit around and fret about it. This time I had to get up early to be there by 7:30 a.m.. We got situated and in walks a nurse who says, “Hi! I’m Jo and I’m the meanest nurse here.”
I replied with, “I’m a high school teacher. Give me your best shot.”
We got along great.
This round was just me and Derek (and mean not-mean nurse Jo). I’m sure the rounds are extremely boring for Derek, but he brings his iPad and entertains himself. He’s also in charge of the playlist. This round was Sgt. Peppers and Macklemore. The man knows me so well. I’m lucky that we have private rooms for infusion so that we can do things like laugh and joke and play music and the guy across the hall can sleep.
Breast cancer patients talk about “the red devil.” Adriamycin is this drug. It’s one of the most potent chemo drugs out there. It also happens to be red. It’s always unnerving to see this stuff running through the IV line.
This one doesn’t bother me so much. I’m sure if I didn’t have the copious amounts of pre-meds I’d be one unhappy camper. They cytoxan gives me a headache near the end of the round. That I don’t like. Because of this they have to give it on a 1 hour drip instead of the 30 minute. Meh… gives me more time to draw.
After infusion Derek and I celebrated by having some lunch at a place I’m not supposed to eat, Serious Pie & Biscuit. He told me if I was a good little cancer patient he’d take me out for a treat. I didn’t complain so I got pizza and a biscuit. We’d planned on sharing a pizza with a soft yolk egg on it, but me and eggs… we’re not buds right now. That’s great because we have 6 baby chicks in our garage right now. Good thing they won’t start laying until next spring.
We had time to waste before picking up the boy at school so I told Derek we needed to go to the Bellevue Botanical Garden. It’s one of my favorite places. It was beautiful. I’ll share photos another day. Chemo, lunch and a nice walk finished me off for the day.
So far this whole chemo thing isn’t horrible. As long as I continue to eat and nap and take my meds I’m pretty good. My biggest side effect is fatigue. Well, that and my hair started falling out Friday afternoon. Today it is falling out with a vengeance. I may bite the bullet and shave it off. I just have to work up the nerve to do it.
Next round is on a Saturday. June 24th. 2 days after my 41st birthday! Lucky me. Happy birthday, here’s a little more poison in your system.