First Chemo Treatment 5/25
Had my first chemo treatment today.
I'm working with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, one of the nation's top cancer hospitals. It was kind of nice doing this first treatment on Memorial Day, because street parking was free, and there wasn't much traffic. Once Catherine and I arrived, I was led to the 5th floor, and just sat down on a hospital bed while the nurse hooked me up to an IV and pumped me full of all kinds of chemicals.
It's called ABVD therapy, which stands for the four drugs that they use. They are all highly toxic, so the nurse has to wear hazmat clothing and gloves while administering the drugs. She said these drugs are very dangerous if they spill onto the skin, and can cause damaging burns. Not very comforting knowing that these same chemicals are being pumped into my bloodstream. It's poison, that can potentially cause damage to my nervous system, heart, and other organs, but with cancer growing inside me, I have no choice but to endure this and pummel the cancer into submission. The entire process took about four hours.
I feel okay right now. I was given a lot of anti-nausea meds at the start of the treatment. I'm told that I should be okay through dinner tonight. The nurse advised me not to eat my favorite meal tonight, because if I throw it up, I might not like it anymore.
Catherine was by my side the entire time, but they might not let her back in next time. She raided the patient's food fridge in the chemo ward and ate all of the string cheese. But I'm not telling anyone about that.