Quick update for today (Thursday) with my first round of chemo. Everything went well, though it took longer than expected due to some hold up getting the drugs for the clinical trial, so we were at the hospital from roughly 8a to 4p between labs, consults, and the treatment itself. It started out with the oral study drug (veliparib/placebo), oral ondansetron (for nausea), IV dexamethasone (steroid to help with nausea), IV ranitadine (for acid reflux), and IV diphenhydramine (Benadryl, to help counter the effects of the steroid so that I’m not so wired), followed finally by the chemo agents, IV paclitaxel (Taxol) and IV carboplatin/placebo. The Benadryl was a unique experience (in other words, it totally and completely knocked me on my ass – so so sleepy, slurred speech, leaden appendages…like being drunk but 10 times more out of it). I took a nap under my chemo quilt and was vaguely aware of eating some lunch, getting blood drawn, and drip bags changed. So far, other than some residual grogginess (must have rubbed off on Kevin, too!), some slight grumbling from my intestines (no blow outs from either end, yet…fingers crossed!), and feeling a little woozy (could be the 50ml of blood they took this morning, as well…my ‘donations’ are adding up here!), I’m feeling pretty normal. Guess we’ll see what tomorrow brings!
The Trying on of Wigs:
And now on to the important things… Had some fun doing a Glamour Shots style appointment at UW Hospital wig shop yesterday (Wednesday) with my work wife, Liz. I get to pick out one free wig and some other goodies for my soon-to-be bald noggin. We could have used some more time, and I still haven’t made a final decision, so maybe you can help (leave a comment with favorite style and color!). The biggest problems I have had with WordPress in the past are getting photos to display as I want them to, and this is no different. I finally gave up cropping them or trying to pair them together to make it less cumbersome to scroll through, so you get what you get because time is precious 😉