Step one was to have the access placed into my port. This allows the nurse to draw blood for blood tests, but is also used for the infusion of chemo itself.
Since they need to wait for the blood test results, we had about a half hour between the blood draw and the appointment with the oncologist, so we went over for the standard tree picture. This one indicates how I was feeling.
And here is the more typical me with a smile on!
My first reaction came at all the pre-chemo drugs. I’m still not certain what they all were. Three of them were anti-nausea drugs and one is a steroid. I thought we had the print out of what they all were but I cannot find it.
This is the Doxorbicin (or the A in the AC regime). It is administered directly by the nurse. It was followed by Cyclophaphouride (C) which was a 1 hour IV drip. Although the appointment was for five hours, it didn’t take that long. I totally broke down when she brought the tubes of red stuff – but not nearly as much as I expected I would. The emotional breakdowns are inevitable.
This one was actually taken at the beginning while we were waiting for the nurse (notice the IV isn’t hooked up yet). Afterwards I was looking a little on the green side – but not feeling too bad. The steroids wore off at about 3-4 pm and the nausea started to kick in. Hope that ends today!