January 14th, 2004.
I went back to the doc today for a quick checkup, blood draw and
analysis, and to get the next part of my schedule. Mom's out
here now, so she went to meet the doc and his staff, who she
agreed are all very nice people.
The blood draw went a little differently than usual this
time. Usually, it's a poke in the arm with a syringe,
followed by filling a vial or two of Buck juice. This time
it was just a quick little pick in the end of my finger, like for
a diabetes test, then she squoze out what she needed into a tiny
little vial that sort of looked and worked like an eyedropper.
After that, the doc looked me over, felt the nodes in my neck, and
set up the next part of my schedule. Here it is:
1-28-04 - A Rituxan treatment in the hospital across the
street from the doc's office.
1-29-04 - A second round of CHOP chemo in the doc's office.
2-11-04 - Another visit with the doc to do it again.
Yeah, the Rituxan will be in the hospital, where they have all the
personnel and equipment ready to deal with any anomaly I might
throw at them. Plus, he wants them to drip it in oh, so
slowly, and he said his office isn't open long enough in a day to
do it. Translation: It's going to be a really loooooong day
leashed to the IV, so I better get a good breakfast and bring
snacks and stuff to read and all that!
All in all, I'm still feeling pretty good here. Like the
last time I did chemo, it made me nauseated for the first couple
of mornings after the treatment, but not too bad. I took the
pills to calm it down and was still able to go to work. Oh,
and my fingers and thumbs are starting to tingle from it, like
last time. But that's about it. My
hair hasn't begun to fall out yet, and I decided not to shave it
off until and if it does. I mean, look what happened last
time they said it would fall out from chemo... I had a pony tail
by the time it was over! LOL!