Time again for chemo. Thinking the blood test results from last week would suffice, we didn’t have any orders today for more tests. That is, until the pharmacist required a CBC before filling the order for the Taxol. Assigned to room 2 today, I got settled until Kathy and Ethel came to get the show on the road. Kathy accessed my PowerPort® and got the saline going.
In the meantime, Marvin left for a while and returned with our breakfast burritos, which were as good as expected. He also brought me a crinkled black and white scarf, perfect for the chilly room, and a little red purse to carry my camera, phone and other few incidentals.
After the pharmacist saw the test results, he approved the Taxol®. We also remembered that I needed Procrit added to today’s regimen for the anemia, and Ethel noted that the low RBCs could be contributing to my recent feelings of weakness, breathlessness on climbing stairs and feeling sick. Ethel brought my pre-chemo drugs, Zofran® and Benadryl® by mouth. After I took them we continued with the infusions of the Benadryl and Zofran. Later Ethel and another chemo nurse did the verification process of the Taxol, and then Ethel started the infusion. Once again, I am not receiving Zometa® until my oncologist reviews my recent history and decides whether to continue the Taxol at the same or a reduced dose or change to another drug.
All went well until I started coughing and ended up with reflux, which I’ve never had before–lucky me. I had no idea what was happening. I was sitting nearly upright during the infusion and started coughing a little when my throat and mouth started burning furiously. Ethel came immediately with lemon lime soda. The symptoms went away after I finished drinking the soda, and all was well. That is just nasty. My mouth and throat were on fire for about a half hour but improved after I drank the lemon lime soda and some ice water.