Got to Ironwood and met with MO (medical oncologist). I will probably see him every two weeks. He told me I really needed to do a Medical Leave of Absence, so I called our company's leave people, and they are going to send him the paperwork. He wants me out for six months. Thank gods I am covered.
He told me to get some Ensure, go to McDonald's for shakes (pass!), and iterated that this treatment regimen is going to be tough on me, but I have to keep my weight where it is.
MO took me down to the infusion ward, as I like to call it, and sadly, the place was hopping with people. And holy crap, I feel SO YOUNG! :)
Now, because I am really, really tired, I'm going to put the rest of my notes here as bullet points.
- There are 32 chairs in the infusion ward, and we were full. That made me so sad.
- As noted, almost every person here is past middle age (and thus, I feel like a teen-ager)
- The Benadryl did make me very sleepy
- Next time, I want to get a chair that doesn't face right into the giant clock
- Something in those infusions got my kidneys pumping and I got my exercise with LOTS of trips to the facilities.
- I love the staff at Ironwood
- Did fine through the first chemo, and wondered if maybe it was just saline, but no, there were the words Toxic and Hazardous Material... gads
- My oncology nurse is Donna :)
- I ate some Pringles Baked Wheat Jalapeno Sticks, and drank some juice.
- I want an iPAD! Ironwood has a hotspot in the infusion ward!
- The Taxol went first, then we did the Carboplatin
You know, journaling through it all really helped me to put things into perspective. Hey, it wasn't a fun day, but it wasn't a trip to Bonzo's House of Horrors, either. :)