Back to the Chemo Room Today

So today I was back to the chemo room, but this time only for a Herceptin treatment.  Walking in there, I felt like I had graduated to a new level.  I know that sounds weird, but it was a quick appointment without side effects; and at this point I know a lot of people that work there and recognize a number of patients.  I am after all the Mayor of Georgia Cancer Specialists on Foursquare and happy to report (I think) that I have retained my title even after a week off.  I signed in, was quickly taken back to the lab by my favorite lab tech, she accessed my port, and then walked me back to the chemo room.  It was fairly empty and I was assigned to a nurse named Meredith.  Well, that’s a good start, right?  I selected a recliner in her section with empty chairs on either side of me.  There is a volunteer that I have met a number of times that is super nice that helps everyone get situated and offers pillows and blankets.  I took her up on the offer of a nice, warm blanket because I swear they have the temperature set down to 50 degrees.  Anyway, I got set up and Meredith hooked me up with saline followed by Herceptin.  Let the drip begin.  Surveying the scene:  to the left of me, everyone was quiet.  They were either reading or sleeping.  Perfect.  To the right of me, there was one guy reading the newspaper, and two other people that thought everyone needed to know their business.  I am finding that in the chemo room there always has to be one or two “talkers.”  Well today, I recognized one woman I have referred to in the past.  Boy she can talk loud.  We must be on the same Wednesday schedule because I have seen her 4 to 5 times.  Today she found a man a couple of recliners down that wanted to talk with her.  It was a tough competition on who could talk more.  Fortunately for me, Herceptin does not take long.  I was done before I knew it and was walking out the door.  My appointment was at 9:45 a.m. and I was in the car by 10:55 a.m.  While I am not looking forward to having to do that every three weeks until March/April 2012, I am happy that I can do it on my own, while Gracie is in school, and it is a relatively quick and painless appointment.  And the reason Herceptin is a part of my treatment plan is that it is known to fight the HER2/neu protein positive breast cancer which I have.  Please let it work effectively!




  1. Another milestone met on your journey. I continue to follow your progress and I am keeping you in my prayers. Keep the updates coming.

    Be well.

    Carolyn C

  2. Just look at how far you have come: this will be another step and you will be just fine. This WILL be over soon. See you Thursday. MOM

  3. Good luck tomorrow (not that you need it)! You are going to kick butt just like you have from the start! Will be thinking about all of you.

  4. Shannon Hooton says:

    Amazing journey Meredith…I will be thinking of you, Ed and Gracie tomorrow!

  5. Mary Johnson says:

    Ok… showtime! You will be amazing getting through this phase, as you have this entire journey!



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