CANCER ~ THE JOURNEY OF A COE
One Day at a Time



First Chemo

My 4 hour treatment turned into an 8 hour ordeal. I went to get labs first and they saw I had a port so they sent me to the chemo lab. I had to wait a while at both rooms. They took off the bandages from my port and glue went everywhere. I still have that mess on me. My chin sticks to my shoulder when I lay down. Not fun! But very funny!!!!

My oncology nurse tried to draw blood and could only get one vial. The port quit working. She flushed it 5 or 6 times. Then sent me on up to see the doctor. He visited with me a few minutes and wrote 3 prescriptions. Then back down to the chemo lab. Five different people checked my port before deciding that it was okay to use. I've never had that many people interested in my boobies!!!

The chemo itself wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I just have no energy. My mouth is a bit tender, but I'm taking steps to help that by brushing often. I'm also taking my meds at regular times and resting often. I'm also drinking a ton of water. Other than that, I'm okay. Just tired.

The next morning I woke up and took my meds before getting out of bed. One is a steroid and the other is for nausea. I waited 30 minutes and took the second nausea med. I am shaking all over and am so nauseated I can't stand it. No vomiting yet. I called my oncologist and was told to take a third nausea med, which I had on hand and ibuprofen for this headache. I just wish the shaking would stop. I need to eat something but am afraid of throwing it up.

I have started sipping on coke and lemon juice. It was a remedy that was used years ago when my youngest sister had surgery. So far, so good. I'm thinking about trying some jello. Lord help!!!!

~ Lee Anne



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