Yesterday was “back to chemo” day. After a full month off, we went to the oncologist yesterday with the plan that, if everything looked good, it was “Strap into the chair and fire it up” time. We left the house about 8:10AM. The first thing scheduled wasn’t until 9:30AM and it takes us pretty much EXACTLY 45 minutes to get to the Oncology Center- geographical oddity…45 minutes from everywhere! But we needed to get gas and, because it was my wife’s birthday, she wanted to take a sheet cake for the staff at the Center- awesome woman that she is! So, it was gas, cake and then head out!
We hit some snags along the drive. There are 2 primary bridges that we COULD take to cross the Mississippi, based on where we live and where we were going. The bridge we normally take, however, is undrivable right now and will be for quite some time. They are building a replacement bridge right now and they are at the stage where they are finishing the new bridge and tearing down the old one. Therefore, we take the OTHER bridge!
The next challenge was that, we got “down the hill” and into the basin of the Mississippi River/Rock River Valley…only to find that a section of the road we need to travel to GET to the other bridge was under water due to the heavy ran overnight. So, we had to take a detour but managed to bypass the closed section and get back on track.
Then we came upon a spot in the 4-lane divided highway we as we headed to the Mississippi that had SEVERAL emergency vehicles blocking the right lane. We managed to get by, but found out that someone hydroplaned and ended up in the floodwater off the highway. (Sadly, they did not survive the ordeal!) We were then back on track and made it at about 9:21AM- 9 minutes BEFORE our appointment with the oncologist. Good driving, Sweetheart!
We got called back. My numbers all looked good, except my BP was a little high for me. It ended up staying that way the whole time we were there- they check it several times throughout the process. All in all, the oncologist was happy and continues to be amazed. She released us to go to the other side of the office for treatment.
They got me situated, gave me my oral meds and got the IV attached to the port. We have found that perhaps the biggest thing that impacts how long we are there on any given trip is how long the pharmacy takes to release each of the drugs that will be infused into me. Some weeks, they are caught up and the techs get them before they even need them. Other times, the pharmacy is busier and we all have to wait between drugs. This was a “every drug was ready ahead of us” day, so it was the shortest day it could be.
The injected Benadryl, as it has been doing for months now, both makes me want to nearly slip into a coma and have what we call “the Jimmy Legs”- a kind of temporary Restless Leg Syndrome. So, the first hour + of that part of the infusion is me fighting with a body that A. wants desperately to sleep and B. CAN’T sleep because of the stupid legs! Finally, about 11:30AM, I could sleep.
Then, about 12:15AM, something (beeping alarm, check chemo tech, whatever” woke me up. We decided to go ahead and eat lunch since I was awake. (We had our leftovers from Saturday’s trip to Olive Garden! Quite good!) Then, it was back to sleep. I managed to sleep, off and on, until we were done- about 2:15PM. We packed and headed home, getting back about 3PM. That means it made for a nearly 7-hour day! It IS a commitment!
I will, theoretically, have 2 more treatments over the next 2 Mondays and then have a week off to rest. I will then start back up with that same schedule-3 weeks “on” and 1 week “off” for the more rounds, That will take us, if all goes well, roughly mid to late August. Then, it will be evaluation time again. Time will tell!
Even though that is not the ideal scenario for spending your wife’s birthday with her, I’m just glad THAT I got to spend it with her! We have set our next “goal” as our 34th wedding anniversary- July 6th. But qe continue to simply take life one day at a time, one moment at a time.
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