Chemo Round 3

Chemo Round 3 is complete…well sort of.

My appointment was this morning at 9:45 a.m.  Ed and I waited for a short period in the waiting room before being called back to the lab where they do the usual vitals and then put the needle in my port.  My girl was there (the favorite lab tech I have referred to in the past), but I ended up with another lab tech I haven’t seen before.  He was good, just very methodical, which made the process last a little longer than usual.  No worries.  I was in the chemo recliner by 10:30 a.m. hooked up to the IV machine, ready to go.

It was fairly quiet in the chemo room today so I was able to score prime real estate i.e. a corner recliner.  Today I was equipped with a new iPad2 thanks to my IT Department and of course, a book, and some magazines.  I always have more than I can actually get through in the time period I am there.  I listened to music most of the time, played around with my iPad, read a magazine, and got a short nap in.  I’ve decided as much as I want to sleep it’s difficult with all the activity.  You have IV machines beeping (when a patient is in need of their next “cocktail” bag), conversations between nurses and patients, patients coming in and getting set up.  While fairly quiet, there is just a lot of activity.  I did manage to crank up my tunes, close my eyes and at least rest, which was nice.  Unfortunately, no great people watching stories to report except for an older gentleman about 7 recliners down from me that decided he needed to talk on his cell phone while getting his treatment.  There always has to be that one person that thinks everyone else wants to be a part of their conversation(s).  There are signs that say cell phones are allowed, but to please be respectful of others in the chemo room and keep your conversations quiet and short.  Apparently this guy can’t read.  Thank goodness for my ear buds and the music on my iPad.  It sure came in handy today.  The time really did go by quickly.  I was done at 2:30 p.m., grabbed my belongings, and said goodbye to the nurses…until tomorrow anyway.  Ed and I go back tomorrow morning.  My appointment is at 9:45 a.m. (Friday) for the Neulasta shot (which boosts my white blood cells) and a visit with the oncologist.  I hope she measures the tumor and I hope I have more good news to report!

So, the treatment portion of chemo round 3 is over!  Now we have to get through the doctor’s appointment tomorrow (which should be pretty easy) and then see what symptoms appear in the next few days (not as easy).  But, trying to stay positive, 3 down, 3 to go!

I did have a funny moment I wanted to share.  Well, at least it was funny to me.  This morning I was in a chemo chair and this afternoon I was outside with Gracie playing hopscotch and soccer.  I found that sort of amusing.  But I love it because she keeps me going !  No rest for the weary around here.  That’s what moms do, right?

We can’t say it enough, but thanks to everyone for their support, meals, prayers, and kind thoughts.  We will let you know how it goes tomorrow and over the next few days!

Comments

  1. Mary Johnson says:

    Hey Girlie! So glad you are halfway there! SuperMom (visual of a big “S” on your chest and a red cape, lol)! Chemo in the morning, soccer and hopscotch in the afternoon… you amaze me, always have!

    Keep up that fantastic positive attitude! We continue the prayers daily, and are here if you need us!

    Love,
    M.

  2. Hey lady!

    Thinking about you everyday…glad you are keeping a positive spirit. It really is key. I am here if you need anything at all. Take good care. Rest whenever and wherever you can. 🙂

    Sending you love and light – from fighter to another –
    Fran

  3. melissa CAMPBELL says:

    Yipeee.. half way done!!!!

  4. Erin Mitchell Watson says:

    Hey Meredith!

    Stacy shared your blog with me and I just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you and praying for you. Your blog is great – love your strength and humor. 🙂 Hang in there and keep seeing the beauty around you. Glad you are halfway through chemo!

    Erin

  5. Half way finished, Meredith!! The buzz cut probably feels good right now with the horrible heat outside! I have decided you can make any look work….some people just got it, and you definitely do! Thinking about you always and looking forward to seeing you all sometime soon.

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