hi ladies update on my 1st chemo started monday I was admitted in the infusion unit , with a wrist band and 30mins later was ushered into the ward. There was a delay i getting my chemo drugs from the main hospital . My mind was wondering if it will go ahead today . Secondly i did not have a PICC line so the nurse was not happy to use the only good vein above my arm due to extravasation . Luckily i convince another nurse to try again as i was confident the vein was big enough for the infusion and luckily he agreed but encouraged me to have a PICC LINE before my next chemo . I had the cold cap on (a method that claims to reduce hair loss) 30mins before the EC, during and 1hr after. I had all my anti-sickness medication before ondansetron, dexamethasone , domperidine and apprepstant before the chemo commenced. The EC was the quickest part. I was given 160mg of Epirubicin and 800mg of Cyclophosphamide. This was pushed in my vein manually by the nurse with an infusion drip attached for flushing as the chemo drugs was being infused. She was very attentive and chatted to me throughout . I was also sipping on iced water mixed with elder flower cordial , that was refreshing? The advice about sipping the iced water was to protect the mucus membranes whilst having the chemo, I was advised about this from one of our nice ladies on the Breast cancer now forum . Will review this later if my mouth escapes mouth sores lol I was in the infusion unit for about 3hrs and was sent home with a three day supply of anti-sickness meds and steroids. The nurse could not find my Filgrastim injections. Filgrastim is a medication used to treat low neutrophil count. Low neutrophil counts may occur following chemotherapy. That was later found in bag with my other take home medications. The injection is a fridge item so take note of that. The nurse then arranged for a quick courier who delivered it to me from Barnet hospital pharmacy . That was a good service i must say . Sorry i will be getting spiritual here because My God has been my encourager in this process and i believe God has given the health care professionals the knowledge to help people like us get healed and recover from various diseases. Without the Almighty God i will not be able to go through this Chemo . For me i felt like if it’s not broken why fix it . i had my surgery , and the surgeon took out the tumour and 19 lymph nodes (only 3 positive) , i never felt so so good after the surgery, then why go and do Chemotherapy to destroy my body system.??? Much love Good luck everyone . i will write about my experience so far as i am on day 5 now post chemo now , it’s been rough especially with the nausea and vomiting but i am coping .
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