Today I had my first Chemotherapy Treatment and it did not go as well as could be expected.
I arrived promptly at 9am at the Williams Day Unit. And made my way to the treatment room where I was passed to Lucy who would be the nurse who would be carrying out the treatment.
At this point Barbara and I had know idea what to expect really but we were met by a friendly face and I was weighed.
I was then taken to a chair.
Before no time I had a cannula in my hand and had a wash and some piriton admisteted through a drip.
All was going well until it was time for the Chemotherapy drug, a bag of liquid specially made for me.
The bag was hooked up to the stand and connected to the cannula. I watched as the liquid travelled down the tube and into my hand. Almost immediately I felt my chest tighten and my head felt like it was being squeezed. Barbara said my face went bright red.
I said to her that it didn’t feel right and she called a nurse over who immediately stopped the treatment and got Lucy my nurse.
They administered a flush through the cannula and checked my vitdl.
I was starting to feel better but could feel my heart racing. I was expecting side effects from the Chemotherapy but not this.
Things calmed down and eventually I was checked over by a doctor who prescribed more Piriton.
After more Piriton was administer the chemo treatment was restarted.
This time things went a lot better and I didn’t get a reaction. The treatment was also admisteted at a slower rate.
I was later told that I had gone into a form of anaphylactic shock.
So after about 4 hours the treatment was finally complete, I was expecting it to be 90 minutes.
I thanked Lucy for looking after me and headed home.
I felt exhausted and felt like I had been beaten up from the treatment.
All I had to do now was wait for my hair to full out!