This is what my port looks like (the purple part) and the yellow thing is the special needle they use.
I also met with the doctor and we just discussed the treatment and she answered a lot of my dad's questions and also told me the results of my pap smear (uterine biopsy). They found evidence of endomertrial cancer in my uterus soooo looks like there really is no hope of saving it :( Darn.
Anyway, after the doctor we had lunch and then checked in for chemotherapy. We waited a loooong time before they let us back. I should have taken a picture of the place! Its pretty nice. All the chairs face the large glass windows that look out over the valley, so its really pretty and bright. I got to sit in a comfortable reclining lazy boy in front of a personal TV. They hooked me up first to Benadryl to prevent an allergic reaction to the chemo drugs, some anti-nausea drugs, Tylenol and Pepcid. All stuff to prevent me getting or feeling sick. The Benadryl made me feel super sleepy :( Then......they hooked me up to the Taxol first. After about 30 seconds I started realizing what people meant by chemo brain. I felt all fuzzy and weird. And then, in the blink of an eye, I got crazy nauseous, my face felt numb, I broke out in hives and I couldn't breathe at all! It was freaky!!! They quickly stopped the infusion and put me on oxygen until I could breathe. I had a severe allergic reaction to the Taxol, it was really scary. They let me sit and catch my breathe for a little bit then hooked me up to some more Benadryl. I had to pee and when I saw my face in the mirror it was crazy! My eyes were bloodshot and my cheeks were all puffy and splotchy, I was quite a sight to see :) The Benadryl started working, which for me sucks because I think I'm allergic to it too. It makes me all twitchy and feel super weird, but I have to have it. They let the Benadryl soak in for 30 minutes and then started me back up on the Taxol. This time they slowed the rate down to half as fast as it normally is. I felt much better the second try. I was extremely tired by this point from all the Benadryl the shoved in me so I fell asleep. I slept for most of the time. Every once in a while I would wake up and talk to Sterling or watch TV with him but then I got tired and would fall asleep again. They checked in every so often to get my vitals (blood pressure, heart rate and temperature).
|Skull Candy donated headphones for all the first time chemo patients. So I got these super nice things for free!|
|Right before they hooked me up to anything.|
So there you have it, I lived through the first treatment and it wasn't so bad at all! I hear it gets a lot worse, so I'm glad I could start out slowly and happily. I will take more pictures next time!
|My awesome best friend sent me this monkey pic from the San Diego zoo on her honeymoon while I was in treatment|
You are amazing Kalina!! Such an inspiration!!ReplyDelete
Wow!! You are a fighter. I admire your courage and sense of humor through all of this.ReplyDelete
you look beautifulReplyDelete
I was hoping that was a prank! You know the whole I can't breathe action. Don't do that again okay? And I agree you do look beautiful. Thank you for your great example and positive attitude. I love you :)ReplyDelete
We just want you to know, we love you, we are thinking about you, and you are in our prayers.
If I could offer any intelligent, or spiritual advice, I
would tell you to re-read your old post, "the race that changed my life". You are and will always be a inspiration, and a good example, for all of us to follow. You are amazing, the strongest person I know.
Thanks Grandpa I love you! You are so thoughtful and kind!Delete