Well, I was hoping for boring, but that’s not what I got.
Premeds in – all good, although I got cold and very sleepy.
Taxol starts – red face and heart rate jump nearly immediately after taxol started.
Ooooookkkkkaaaaaaayyyyyyy – that was scarey.
Hit the magic button, and three nurses swarm around me… Stop the taxol… etc…
So, more steroids and more benadryl… And we’ve restarted. Going fine now.
That was a little scary… Let me try to describe the reaction. First thing I felt was a jump in heart rate – followed by this sensation of face flushing…. Cheryl tells me my face was bright red. I felt like my heart was really jumping, but the nurse said, it’s only in the seventies. Cheryl says – wow – that’s high for her. Nurse says – oh yeah? That was it. It was FAST! Like one second I was fine and sleepy – next second I was flushed and had Lee Penn tachycardia.
So, chemo day one was NOT boring… which is not what I had hoped for….
Honestly, in retrospect, it really wasn’t that bad. They came a-runnin… and I knew what to do if I felt those sensations… So, it’s all alright.
134 lbs, HR 53 (that’s high), temp 99 °F, WBC 5.7, RBC 3.91, hgb 12.9, hematocrit 36.8
(Those last three are on the lowish side of normal – bummer)
That’s all for now. I’m kind of sleepy.
Ok – it’s now 8:30p, and we’re home, and the child has just showered. All in all, I dealt with cancer for 7 hours today (not including the mental obsession time, of course). I had only that one reaction. I feel okay right now, but I do feel tired. The nurse told me I would, because I had the reaction. Alas…. I just ate a big salad… I also made sweet potato burritos…. Salad made me full, but I bet I’ll eat a bit more again….
So, that’s chemo day one. 15 rounds to go.