I’m sitting here in one of the very comfortable infusion rooms at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center starting my third round of chemotherapy. We get started around noon and Alicia is my nurse today. First, I receive about an hour’s worth of four different medications and fluids to prepare my system for the chemo drugs. Of course the medications are not all compatible with each other so Alicia has to properly sequence them.
Mary fixed a delicious lunch of chicken salad with grapes, pineapple, and water chestnuts. Hummm, humm good! Plus a cranenergy drink that is new to me, quite good. A soft baked oatmeal cookie for desert and I’m good to go. Ed, a volunteer, arrives as we finished and offers us snacks and water. We accept two waters and two bananas for later.
My white blood cell count dropped a bit this week, which is to be
expected, to 9.0 from 12.3. Red blood cell count dropped also to below normal of 3.89 so I will be getting a B12 shot tomorrow. Hopefully that will help.
BTW, I’m using my new iPad to capture today’s experience. I guess tweeting would be more immediate, but I don’t have a Twitter account yet.
It’s 4:15 and the last of the IV medications are finishing up. Debbie, the RN with the portable IV pump and the third chemo drug took about five minutes to get me hooked up and ready to go. So for the next 96 hour “Perley, my pump” will slowly dispense my final drug of the induction phase of my treatment. Then on to the radiation phase in 3-4 weeks.
That’s all for now here at Vanderbilt. Im getting hungry. Mary and I are going home, where her Mother will have a pork chop dinner waiting. Family is great!
I’m feeling fine. Life is good.