Hi there it is only 3pm here and Im awake, its down to the Steroids, so I thought I would catch up, by telling you about my day in chemo yesterday, as I was shattered yesterday.
I had woken up early as I knew I had to get up and be out of the hose by 7.15am, so Louis had a little walk as I knew Ray was coming back to be with his all day, after he had dropped me off at the hospital.
Which was what happened when I was called in straight away and was taken to the chemo room and put in my chair.
The nurse couldnt find a vein though and tried twice, when she got a small vein it collapsed. She wrapped my arm in a hot pad and plugged it in and i sat there to heat my arm.
Another nurse came and tried again and the same thing happened a collapsed vein.
She said I should now have a PICC Line fitted and made an appointment for me on the 8th February to have one fitted.
A PICC Line is a long slender small flexible tube that is inserted into a peripheral vein in the upper arm to be placed in a large vein in the chest near to the heart to obtain intravenous access .
It stays in position an I can have blood taken and all chemo given from here so is a good idea but a district nurse will have to come to me every week to flush it.
The nurse did find a vein but it was on the back of my arm and not a great position so ahe had to really tape it down so I didnt pull it.
Chemo started but as it takes 10 hours she really nursed me all day to make sure as soon as one bag of fluid was finished she started the next and we did make up for lost time, I was out by 5.30pm.
The day went well and I talked to other patients all day.
A man that got do bored and said he will be glad to be at work today –hmmm I wonder if he was able to as it was his first chemo and so didnt know what the reaction was like.
Two women who’s stayed all day bored and helping plugging the machines so there wives could go to the loo, buying so much food at the shop for them to eat all day.
A young woman was by me who was bloated with drugs for Liver cancer and need a blood transfusion, she was frightened so much by a Doctor telling here all about the side effects, right down heart failure, her blood pressure went up,
She told the nurses who calmed her down again and the procedure took place and she was fine.
Ray came to collect me early as he had been to the Chiropractic for another session and has been given lots of exercises to do before his next appointment next Wednesday, Oh heavens just realised that’s the same day as Margate hospital for the PICC Line to be fitted whoops that’s going to be tight we will have to look at that again. Car parking is so tight there as well.
When everything was finished we came home in very heavy traffic and finally got in and I was so tired and felt worn out so just relaxed and watched soaps and went to bed 10pm.
My Chemo day was over.