Today I started on my second (of three) rounds of induction chemotherapy. This is the chemotherapy regimen I’m receiving before I start my 7 weeks of radiation treatments, which also include one weekly chemo treatment.
The photo above is me seated comfortably in an easy chair as I receive my chemo drugs and some other drugs to treat the potential side effects, which lasted about 5.5 hours once they got started. The “side-effect reducing medications” helped minimize the side effects from then first round of chemo, so I expect that they will do the same for this second round.
Speaking of side-effects. Based on what happened during the first round of treatment, I’ve been taking a few prescription medications for the past several days to help minimize (let’s say, “eliminate”) some of the more painful side-effects.
It was great having Mary, my wife, accompany me for my treatment today. She goes with me on all my treatments and oncology doctor appointments. In addition to being a great wife, Mary is also a very knowledgeable nurse. And if she does not know, she will look it up or ask the doctors and nurses. I am a very lucky guy!
So what did I do for 5.5 hours sitting in that easy chair? Mostly, I read “Making Miracles” by Paul Pearsall, PhD. Also, Mary brought me lunch from the cafeteria. And, Mary and I talked.
Bottom line, today went well. Drinking lots of water tonight to keep the chemo drugs flushed through my kidneys. So I may be up and down a few times tonight visiting the bathroom 😉