Today’s a Bust

Sad Face

Pouty Face

Well today’s been a bust. Robin and I went down to Georgetown for my second chemo treatment this morning.  We checked in and then I was reminded that I needed to have a blood draw first before seeing Dr. Pishvaian.  So off to 5 North I go to see my new friend Sonia. I get up there and she puts the IV needle into the mediport and nada – saline flush goes in but no blood is coming out.  Bah! Sonia worked at if for a while but there was no budging it. She put in some drano to see if that would clear the pipe and sent me off back downstairs to see Dr. Pishvain.

I was met by another physician who works with Dr. Pishvaian.  He reviewed everything that had gone on during my chemo treatment and how I had felt.  I explained the general nausea, dizzyness and lethargy which are all quite normal, however when I started to describe a tightness in my chest when we’d walked the dogs one morning he wasn’t too happy.  He stepped out and 5 minutes later both he and Dr. Pishvaian came in. The long and short of our conversation is that one of the extremely rare side effects of 5FU is coronary artery spasm which while rare could lead to – nothing good. So not wanting to take any undue risk I would need to be admitted to the hospital for observation while this round is administered. And yes this was the start of the pouty face.

Since finding a bed, if there even was one, was going to take a while I headed back upstairs to Sonia to see if we could get the blockage in the mediport cleared since she didn’t want anyone else mucking with her work. She tried once again to get things moving but zilch.  In goes some industrial strength anti-coagulant  and we wait, and we wait. 30 minutes later she tries again and there is just the slightest bit of blood trickling out and so we wait some more. After another 30 minutes Sonia has had enough of this silliness and gets medieval with the syringe.  Well with that and some well practiced muttering she finally got things flowing again.

Unfortunately in all that time there was still not a bed to be found. No room in the manger either. We were eventually told to go home and told they’d call us if something became available. Enter full pouty face.

I know what you’re thinking to yourself, “Wait a minute you’re all down and gloomy because you DIDN’T get your chemo?!” Yes as bizarre as that may sound the truth is I do want my bag of poison.  Even more so since we’re leaving soon for vacation and I was hoping to have time to get thru the worst of the side effects before heading down. So we’re sitting at home waiting for Dr. Feelgood to call – and waiting…

2016-10-31T07:39:05-04:00 July 24th, 2013|Categories: Cancer Update|9 Comments


  1. Ann Marie Railing July 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Bro,

    What a positively rude day! Did you mention to the good people at Georgetown how long it takes to drive into DC and what a great parking spot you had and everything? Maybe next time this happens you could mention this to them. I’m sure that would get the ball rolling.

    LOVE YOU!!

    Ann Marie

  2. mkenney July 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I think they are well versed with whiners at Georgetown. Smiley happy people seem to throw them off guard or at least it seems to be working so far. 🙂

    Love you too,

  3. Bobbie July 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Well, poop!!!!!!!!! I think we’ll drop some steaks off. You are amazing and so is your wife. Hugs to you both.

  4. Susan Hanlon July 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    So sorry to hear that, brother! We’re praying!

  5. Rose Blondell July 25, 2013 at 7:19 am

    You have every right to complain — a hard day for sure. We are with you in thoughts and prayers though — every day!

  6. Ron and Jeri July 25, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Oh man! What a crappy day. And it is frustrating to NOT have chemo, when you have mentally prepared for it. Been there. Praying for you Mike, as well as for Robin. You want to get on the road to healing. Trust that God is in the details, and He timing is perfect. Keep us posted on the progress.

  7. Keri Jacobs July 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I hope and pray you were able to get more help or treatment or get back to things today.

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