Well I had a nice break from the chemotherapy treatments as our summer vacation landed on the week I should have been receiving this treatment. My oncologist was fine with my skipping a week and when I informed him I wanted to stay on the same schedule he was OK with my missing an additional week. That’s given me an entire month since the last treatment. Of course given the fun I had just before vacation I needed the time off. It was also nice to have the one side effect (sensitivity to cold objects) abate and then entirely disappear. Being hyper-sensitive to cold really puts a damper on enjoying ice cream.
This morning is rather slow at the clinic which means things are moving along at what I consider a rapid pace. Before I even arrived my pre-meds were hung on the IV pole waiting for me. For the first time I have Jerry as my nurse. He was tied up with another patient when I first sat down so Rose came in and accessed my port. Accessed meaning – stuck big needle into that thing in my chest. I use the phrase “came in” because I’m not in the main room with everyone else but in a smaller room with it’s own door. I joked with Marcia, the receptionist, that I’ve moved up to the executive suite.
I just finished getting the steroid and my Emend, anti-nausea medications. Jerry just started the Leucovorin (Folonic Acid) which in my case is used to enhance the chemotherapy drug I’ll take home with me, 5-fluorouracil. At the same time I’m getting Oxaliplatin, which is the other chemotherapy medication I get. The combination of these 3 drugs is termed a Folfox regimen. In 2 hours I should be done with the Leucovorin and Oxaliplatin and then I’ll be hooked up to a personal infusion pump (PIP) and sent home with the 5-fluorouracil. Thursday I’ll have a nurse come to the house to unhook me.
The fun things one learns. Thank goodness for the internet and being able to look up all this stuff.
Thank you for your continuing prayers. They are well appreciated.