Tomorrow is a large day at the BMT clinic at the TBCC. Ten hours large. I get to bring snacks and a lunch. And a book. And a CD player. And a laptop PC (Lisa’s). And a few CD’s & DVD’s. It all begins around 7:30 AM. I expect there to be some blood work, weighing (important – to help monitor fluid retention), vitals, etc. Before the Cyclophosphamide (chemo drug) is administered I will be started on an IV of a drug called Mesna which is to help relieve bladder irritation as well as Kytril (Granisetron) to prevent nausea. Fun. Then a v….e….r….y… s…l…o…w… drip of the chemo. I don’t know what time that will begin. There’s going to be a major balancing act to maintain proper function of the heart, kidneys and bladder due to constant required hydration and undesirable fluid retention and it will need to be a cautious ‘steady as she goes’ scenario. Cross your fingers and say an extra prayer for this one, please. I have to say I am a bit nervous.
I’ll be taking two 1mg tabs of Kytril per day Friday and Saturday (nearly $25 a pop) and 1 -2 5mg tabs of Prochlorperazine each to control nausea and vomiting. Jesse asked me yesterday “why don’t you just get some Pepto-Bismal?” Uh, yeah, OK. If only it were that simple.
So there you go. I’ll be posting some jpg’s soon as well as a few thank-yous for the fantastic letters and prayer cards, etc that I’ve been receiving in the mail lately. You guys are truly awesome! As I’ll be lying pretty low for the next while I should have some productive home time on my hands. It begins! Again.
Last weekend was great. It was wonderful to see Millie, Danny and Donna, and the Calgary Children’s Choir Strawberry Tea/Concert/Awards Ceremony was excellent. A special thanks to Donna P for all the great Blues DVDs, CDs and books she brought to the concert for me to take home and enjoy over the next while. Some collection! And it’s always a treat to have Sam home.
I said in the last update that I have a new look. Well, it’s changed again. A month ago I had Lisa cut my hair – the first trim in about 3 years. It was long. Lisa did up a braid and that was cut off and put away in a Ziploc. Then I had a hairdresser even things up. Saturday night Jesse and Sam gave me a Mohawk! Then on Sunday morning I shaved the whole thing. So I’m a baldy! I have some fuzz up there now and it will be interesting to see what kind of chemo-induced hair loss will result from this round.
I’ll be back.