Day -7: Chemotherapy gets under way

I’m up just before 6am and get my room tidied up, bed made etc., and shortly thereafter a nurse arrived to start my IV. Initially with just saline solution and later around 10:30 with some Benadryl. Now, at, 11:30 with the the chemo therapy choix du jour, Bendaustine.

My pole dancing partner

Yesterday, I was worried about boredom, and I suspect that will come, but today it’s been quite busy so far.

  1. Start the IV and take some anti-nausea medication.
  2. Full set of vital stats, blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, listen to my chest, listen to my heart (checking for rhythm ), mouth check (for sores)
  3. I’m weighed on a scale that is wheeled into my room
  4. I walk some hall laps (2x) and meet one of my fellow “residents”. He is my competition for the most number of hallway laps in a day. Its game on!
  5. The bathroom is cleaned and garbage emptied.
  6. Normal medications are delivered.
  7. An EKG is performed
  8. All of my electrical cords (chargers, extension cord, and CPAP power cord) are inspected and approved by the maintenance department.
  9. Actual physical mail gets delivered (thanks!)
  10. Multiple texts from well wishers (thanks very much!)
  11. Some pre-chemotherapy medications (pills) to prevent negative reactions to the chemotherapy are delivered and consumed
  12. The chemotherapy medication is added to the IV pump
  13. The nurse pops into the room quite frequently just to see if I’m doing OK

All this before noon!

Two lines at once. The red line or the blue line?

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