Chemo Day 3

Bad and Breakfast  Since my last chemo session, I had a port implant, which went well. The stay in hospital was not the most pleasant – do things like this only happen at Panorama?  I asked a sister for water at 3.30pm (that was many hours after my op and after I had already consumed two jugs of water) and aconfused-smiley-300x247nother two nurses thereafter and guess what time I received water next to my bed? 6.30pm. Is water rationed??

 

The next day I woke up at 5am STARVING and my breakfast only
arrived past nine and my menu selection clearly stated COLD milk but I received hot milk with my cornflakes – yuk!  I had to send it back plus the fried eggs – nuke them please!  (At a previous visit I ordered muesli and received Granola – it’s like blessing the pork by saying ‘it’s fish it’s fish’….)

I just about gobbled it up when at 9.30 they came to fetch my plates – whoa, okay take everything just leave my coffee!  It was a Saturday morning but do they think we’re all speed eaters?? Oh…. and not to mention the fact that I ended up on the operating table without a tag on my arm stating who I am and which doctor I belong to….

I don’t think I’m unduly fussy considering the prices charged by the Mediclinic Group.  I once stayed overnight at the Caledon Provincial hospital and their breakfast consisted of coffee with 5 sugars and a bowl of oats holy-moly-smileyloaded with sugar, both of which I kindly donated to my neighbour. I didn’t complain because the whole overnight stay probably cost me R30,00!

My port operation went well (thanks for sending the angels Margaret) except the anesthetist had a battle trying to find a vein which left a big black bruise on my arm. Here I am after my op.

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Bad Blood   Before chemo one has to go for a blood test to check white and red blood cells and kidney function. My white blood cell count was too low for more chemo so I had to have two injections of Neupogen. Small injections into the stomach, not painful at all. They cause the bone marrow to produce more white blood cells and I was warned that it could cause lower back pain – WOW they weren’t kidding!  I took Tramacet for the pain (I NEVER take painkillers, pain must be extreme before I relent), but I swear the pain went away once Donavon (Michaela’s friend who is a healer) lay his hands on me… the pain was gone – zip, zilch, even though I had another Neupogen injection the day after.  I had no further ill effects after the second injection.

Finally,  Chemo Day 3   Today, 24 May, I had another looooong chemo session – I was there about 8.15am and left around 2.30pm.  The first time my port was in use and it was a great success.  They stick the needle into the port like this.

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Many people were nodding off at about lunchtime and some were knitting.  I was a busy bee on my laptop and got a lot done.  Bianca would very much like me to join team knitting in order to knit baby clothes for the far-in-the-future baby!  We’ll see next time.

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For some strange reason I craved Coke which I haven’t had for years!  So I allowed myself two cans when I came home – practically had one after the other. Very weird. But I believe if you don’t give in to your cravings you end up eating replacements that just leave you dissatisfied. So I rather just give in to a craving and be done with it.

I have another much shorter session next week, if my blood test result is acceptable.

 

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3 thoughts on “Chemo Day 3

  1. Dear Caroline,

    Thank you for your updates. I often think of you and your journey – you are one brave woman – surely not by choice. We (I) have so much to be grateful for and reading your blog and make one to realise not to take things for granted.
    I would love to see you when I come to CT again, maybe we could meet up with Helen and go for coffee ☺
    Keep save and well, may God keep walking this journey with you.

    Luv Daphne

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  2. Well done, Caraline, remember do not hug or kiss people, germs, all over, and you need to stay gems free. Take good care of yourself!!

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  3. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Thanks guys xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Let me know Daph, if we can get together, there is a coffee shop up the road from me. Would be great to see Helen too.

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