So, does anyone really ever think that they will HAVE to get ready for a cycle of chemotherapy?
I know I didn’t, depsite the fact that the odds were stacked well against me.
Tomorrow I begin the first of three rounds of chemo. And it’s going to be a long day. Because the taxel tends to cause allergic reactions in some people, a drug that usually only takes 3 to 4 hours to give tomorrow will take the entire day. They will give it to me slowly so that they will know if I have an allergic reaction to it. So they told me to prepare to be there all day.
I learned my lesson from the last time we were at the hospital all day. Tomorrow, I intend on dressing more warmly. I am wearing jeans. I’m also packing myself a little bag for the day. The bag already contains a fleece Philadelphia Eagles blanket (freshly washed). I will also take my wallet, our free food vouchers, parking voucher, a couple of books, and my find-a-words. And snacks – we’re taking snacks. I’m sure I’ll end up carrying Bob’s stuff as well because he refuses to bring a bag (“I’m a man, we don’t carry purses”). I’m also taking a basin in the car “just in case” because we don’t know yet how well the anti-nausea meds will work.
Today, I am laying around and essentially doing nothing. I have to pay some bills this morning, but that’s about it. I really over did it the past few days and forgot that my body is still recovering from major surgery. And last night I paid for it. Pain, fatigue, blah. No bueno.
So today, aside from paying bills, I’m going to just lay around. I’m going to watch football, clip coupons, and rest.
Tonight I take five steriod pills, followed by five more tomorrow, to get my body ready for the chemo.
I wonder what I can take to get my mind ready?