October 24th 2007 01:54 pm

Chemo – Day 1

Well today I began chemo at 8:30 am. The chairs were really cushy and comfortable…good thing because I was there for 4 hours. They adminstered an anti-nausea medication and then the three drugs in this order Adriamycin, Cytoxan, and Taxotere. Everything was going fine until about 4 minutes into the Taxotere. I started feeling dizzy, then my chest felt constricted and my face turned the color of a strawberry in about 5 seconds. They turned off the IV and immediately injected benadryl into it. They waited for me to return to normal and slowed down the drip. It was fine after that. It just took a little longer because they were going slower. It was a really a scary experience, and hopefully it won’t happen again. They said they’ll give me Benadryl before I start anything next time.

As for how I’m feeling – I feel fine. A little sleepy from a Benadryl hangover, but I just finished eating and it seems (for now) that I’ll be fine. I’ve heard that it takes a few days for all of the side-effects to kick in, if your going to experience any at all. I’m praying that I won’t have any! I am almost guaranteed to lose all of my body hair…no more shaving (looking on the bright side, right?)! I’m thinking of having a head shaving/hat/scarf party. So if you are in the area, keep an eye out for a date! I’m not sure how I will feel about being bald…but what can I do? I’m planning on just sporting it, but I’m afraid I have a funny-shaped head! 🙂 We’ll see in about 14 days!

Thank you for all of your prayers. I know that the Lord is listening and answering them.

Love to you all,
Monica

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2 Responses to “Chemo – Day 1”

  1. wendideetz on 24 Oct 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    Hey you,

    I’m glad the scary strawberry moment resolved itself! Though, I look like a strawberry most of the time with no excuse. 😉

    I have been sending tons of prayers and good thoughts your way. I think you’ll be gorgeous bald! I’m not in the area, but I have the perfect hat. Another friend of mine is going through breast cancer (she was diagnosed Stage 4 and is doing really well after chemo, surgery and radiation) and she had a hat party. It’s such a great idea!!

    Sending you lots of love,

    Wendi

  2. Monica on 24 Oct 2007 at 5:32 pm #

    Thanks, Wendi! We are so glad that you are alright yourself! Sol looked up the disease you’re battling, and our thoughts and prayers are with you as well. Thanks for all the positive and uplifting words; they mean so much! I’ll post a bald picture when it happens, and then we’ll see! 😉

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