This week marks George's second chemo infusion.
With the regiment he's on, he gets an infusion every other Monday (with continuous drip for an additional 48 hours after leaving the infusion center, aka the "Chemo Lounge").
This particular regiment takes 5 hours to dispense, which is similar to my time in the lounge when I was doing Taxol-Herceptin, then FEC-Herceptin. In George's case, there are two anti-nausea pre-meds, then 2 chemo drugs, and then the take-home pump of 2 additional drugs (one is chemo, 5FU, and one is actually a vitamin that helps its efficacy).
So we take snacks and magazines. While he soaks up the chemo, I handle the scheduling (pump removal, white blood cell booster shot, lab work, etc.), run across the parking lot to pick up additional prescriptions at Walgreens, text my brothers, keep George comany, and work hard to make friends with the nurses. (This guy is precious to me; please take good care of him!)
The first week of George's first chemo was rough. Lots of nausea, lots of fatigue. It was very hard to see the chemo knocking him flat, especially since the cancer itself hadn't made him that sick yet. I was scared.
But since then, meds have been adjusted, schedules discussed (and put to paper), and this second week we are off to a much better start. So far just a little nausea, frequent hiccups, and some finger sensitivity to cold. And thanks to the steroids, not much fatigue yet. (There is much more bouncing off the walls! I recognize that steroidy energy. The first few days after chemo was great for cleaning the house, blogging, catching up on movies in the middle of the night, etc...)
They originally told us to expect the latter part of the week to be harder for George, once the pump was removed and the anti-nausea meds that had been giving intravenously wear off. So we'll see if that holds true this week. The first week it was rough the whole time, indiscriminately.
At the risk of saying the abundantly obvious, it is a relief to see him doing better now! And while he isn't tooting his horn or pulling out the party hats, I'm excited to report that the tumor marker indicated that the chemo may already be working a little. The CA-19-9 number was down a little with last week's blood test. And his weight is up a little this week. Yes!
I'll take it!
Take home pump buddy.
Sleepy (dog & master).
Round 2 in the Lounge.
Last call for chemo -- you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here!
Delivery from a neighbor: liquid gold.