181/365 : At least I didn’t forget my meds

Today is Day 1 of Round 4 of my 6-round chemotherapy treatment for small lymphocytic lymphoma. Day 1 treatment always involves a trip to the "medical daycare" at the Ottawa Hospital, where nurses administer a Rituximab injection. The rest of my chemo drugs (cyclophosphamide and fludarabine) are oral, with pills I pick up at the pharmacy (with a prescription, naturally). I've been documenting my journey and always bring my trusty Fujifilm X100V with me to the hospital, and today was no different. Almost.

158/365 : Lunch of champions

One of the legendary side effects of chemotherapy is... nausea. Oh, that glorious upheaval and queasiness that leaves you feeling crummy, woozy, uncomfortable, and all-around gross. They say that when you're nauseous, the best thing to do is the exact opposite of what you feel like doing: eat. Of course, most food is completely unappealing while nauseous because of taste, smell, texture, whatever. But ya gotta eat. So... soda crackers (or saltines, if you're so inclined) to the rescue.

125/365 : Not quite a punch in the gut

Today is day 1 of the second round of FCR chemotherapy treatment for my CLL/SLL lymphoma. Unlike in the first round, when the Rituximab was administered in a 6-hour IV drip, this time around the 1,600mg dose is injected directly into my belly fat over the course of about 5 minutes. https://www.flickr.com/photos/emrold/51160054301/in/datetaken/ The nurse had … Continue reading 125/365 : Not quite a punch in the gut