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.
Into the Medical Daycare for Round three — of six! halfway there, yay! — of FCR chemotherapy to treat my CLL/SLL lymphoma. So it turns out this rituximab injection is very, very nasty stuff. I think if the nurses could wear hazmat suits when dealing with it they'd consider it, and I wouldn't really blame them.
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
It sure feels nice to not be George Jetson at the breakfast table anymore.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/emrold/51103681615/in/album-72157718885488526/ Days 2 (today) and 3 (tomorrow) of my chemo regimen consists of this wonderful chemical breakfast supplement (from left to right): Ondansetron (to prevent nausea)Allopurinol (to protect kidneys)Dexamethasone (to prevent nausea)Cyclophosphamide (CHEMO)Fludarabine (CHEMO) Not to be taken on an empty stomach!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/emrold/51101645681/in/album-72157718885488526/ Suffice it to say that the Ottawa Hospital's Medical Daycare is not as fun as Daddy Daycare or any other daycare environment I've seen. No fun, no games, all serious. That's not entirely true… the nurses are all incredible people with a very keen sense of humour and more compassion and empathy than one … Continue reading 97/365 : The Medical Daycare