I took a different sidekick to chemo today. Today's companion was my best friend, Shereen. It's more fun to change it up and take different people. Shereen agreed to take a day off of work and go. Secretly, I think she just likes the thought of seeing me be tortured. Just a little.
|My Adorable Puppy!|
So, anyway, Shereen and I stopped at Starbucks for a drink and snacks. I got a croissant instead of my bagel. Still a nice treat but not my bagel. <sniffle> Then we were headed to the Cancer Center.
Upon arriving and checking in, I discovered something fascinating at the Cancer Center. The hand sanitizer smells like talcum powder! Well, first it smells like regular hand sanitizer but then when you rub it in, it smells like talcum powder! I want to stop by there everyday now to use the sanitizer. Do they frown on this sort of behavior? And really, what person in their right mind WANTS to just "stop by" the Cancer Center? (Don't answer that.)
After marveling at how my hands smelled like baby powder, we were called back. I sat in a different area this time, in Chair #8. Much luckier, I thought, than Chair #13 like last time. I was also by the window, but unfortunately only had a view of the construction site near the center. I was hooked up quickly this time and things started easily. I'm a pro now.
I think this is a good time to tell you that I love the graham crackers they have at hospitals. They are by Keebler and they come in a little package with two little squares. I love them. They are most delicious and I have considered checking myself into the hospital for elective procedures just to score some. I realize that I could probably just buy a box at the local grocery store, but it's just not the same as ripping open that little two pack and savoring them right there in the hospital setting. There's something about them. But it goes without saying that I quickly discovered that the Cancer Center has them. Another reason to stop by daily.
So, as I delighted in my graham crackers and the person who is supposed to be my best friend, drank coconut milk in front of me, we waited. First there was the IV of steroids and anti-nausea medications and then the first chemo drug, Taxotere and then, lastly, the second chemo drug, Cytoxan. I find that I have no problems with the first IV or the first chemo drug, but the second chemo drug has some pretty uncomfortable side effects for me that start immediately. I first get flushed and my face feels hot and then I get a raging headache. It has happened both times now. They have learned to turn it down as slow as it goes but I still get the side effects - it just delays them.
Finally, things were finished. Shereen had downed all of her coconut concoction and I'd eaten 4 packages of graham crackers. There was nothing more to see or do. EXCEPT...
|Where's Waldo Hat|
|My Favorite Hat!|
I was getting tired pretty quickly and I was craving a hot dog (weird) so we stopped by 7-11 on the way home for hot dogs and Slurpees. For some reason, despite the graham crackers, I was starving. The hot dog was delicious.
I'm glad to be "half-way" finished with chemo even though I don't really consider it half-way until I've survived all of the nasty side-effects over the next few days. It's not the chemo day that is so hard even though I come right home and go to bed, it's the days that follow when I totally lose track of time because I'm so sick to my stomach and tired. When I survive THAT, I'm half-way!