Day One of Treatment

Doesn't this look like fun?

I made it through the first day of treatment!  We were at the doctor’s office for about 3 1/2 hours.  It started with a quick weigh in, blood work ( they put the needle in the port for the treatment and took the blood from there), a visit with the oncologist, and then off to the chemo room.  Ed went with me today.  Let’s start with a description of the chemo room.  Before today, I had physically seen it a couple of times on previous visits.  It’s a fairly large room with a nurses station in the middle.  There are recliners lined up around the walls of the room.  There are windows around the perimeter of the room, a couple of flat screen TVs, and free WiFi.  They provide blankets and pillows if you want them.  What else can you ask for, right?  Ed and I went equipped with magazines, books, our i-phones, music, movies, snacks…more than we could do in the amount of time we were there.  But we were ready.  Time went by relatively quickly.  It was a pretty full room with men and women of all ages.  There were people like me that were there for their first treatment.  There were people that looked good and people that didn’t.  We watched a woman throw up in a garbage can and then work her way through at least three popsicles one-after-another.  Oh Lord, please don’t let that be me!  We had an older woman three recliners down snoring loudly.  It was pretty funny actually.  Early on in the process, I was disappointed to hear that there weren’t private suites.  But honestly, it’s not all that bad and makes for good people watching.  On a another note, I am only allowed guests for the first week of treatment.  After this first treatment I will be on my own.  At first I was really bothered by that, but I am not too worried anymore.  I know I will go in with a lot to do, and who knows, I may even get a nap in.

So back to the treatment:  you are assigned a nurse when you enter the chemo room.  Jill introduced herself, made sure I was comfortable, and then hooked me up with a bag of Herceptin.  Herceptin is not chemo, but it is a part of my chemotherapy regiment.  I will actually continue to be treated with Herceptin beyond the 6 chemo treatments (for a full year from today).  Simplified, my cancer tested positive for a particular protein.  Herceptin is an antibody that has proven to be effective against tumors that are positive for this protein positive breast cancer.

Funny story:  When we were done, we got in the car, immediately rolled down the windows and opened up the sun roof.  It was such a beautiful day!  Ed backed up the car and then headed for the exit.  The wind picked up and from behind the driver-side visor, the parking ticket went flying by my face and out my window.  Ed stopped the car and before it was completely in park, I opened my door, jumped out, and went running for the ticket.  I could see it in sight but all of the sudden the wind picked up again and the ticket went flying further away.  I was finally able to catch up to it because it got stuck in a bush.  Proud of my accomplishment, I turned around and headed back to the car.  My husband was still safely secured behind his seat belt.  I am fortunate that there were no cars around and hopefully limited witnesses.

Tomorrow I go back for another three hours of treatment, where I will get the actual chemo drugs.  Yuck.  It sounds like they will start by dripping in some pre-chemo meds (like anti-nausea medicine) and then they will start the chemo.  My mom is in town and will be going with me this time.  Ed will be taking care of Gracie.  It will be good daddy-daughter time.

How am I feeling?  Well, the port area is still a little sore but continues to heal.  I am a little tired, but that’s nothing new this time of night.   So I would say, so far so good.  We will see what tomorrow brings.  One day at a time.

Thanks for all of the love, kind words, and support.  We can’t thank you enough!

Comments

  1. Wow. I just found out about all this.

    You know we’d do anything for y’all. Just say the word.

    Love to you, Eddie, and Gracie,
    Glenn

  2. Mary Johnson says:

    I must say you even looked beautiful when you went in for treatment!!!!I Glad the first one went well! Hoping today goes well too!!! Looking forward to some more good people-watching stories!!!! Keeping you in thought and prayer!

    Hugs,
    M.

  3. Danielle Chacko says:

    I am so happy that you are on Herceptin. That is a miracle drug! Watch the Lifetime movie “Living Proof” with Harry Connick Jr. It’s all about that amazing drug and its struggle to get to market. I know many people lucky to get it and am so happy you are on it too. It’s a blessing for sure! xoxox D-

  4. Mary Aldacushion says:

    Hi Meredith. Do you remember meeting us in Nashville with your mom during Fan Fair? We are thinking positive thoughts for you. Here’s something else to keep you occupied – watch the eagles and babies on the eagle cam: http://raptorresource.org/falcon_cams/index.html
    I’m addicted to it. At least it gets you distracted from other things going on.
    Hugs for you and Molly!

  5. Mary George says:

    Meredith – You are so brave – a true inspiration to me! And, a gifted writer! I am back and forth between tears and laughter while reading this blog. Please know that Kevin and I think of you and Ed (and Gracie) constantly.
    Hugs, Mary
    ps. “HI” to Molly!!

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