A new day. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. Time for chemotherapy 1st cycle, round 2. Why round 2, you ask? Well, prior to the first infusion, I did not take dexamethasone. Somehow, I missed that in the chemo preparation list.
One lesson I learned after the false start: make a comprehensive "pre-chemo to-do" list (which includes taking prerequisite medications).
Today is going to be a good day! I just know it. After my trial run yesterday, I woke up feeling much more calm this morning. For added strength, I decided to add a little confidence to that calmness.
Part of my confidence has always come from the way I dress, i.e., external presentation working with internal energy to produce confidence, energy and courage.
I believe that fashion has a wonderful power to transform the way a person feels and presents both the inner and outer self. With that thought in mind, I chose my outfit this morning with specific intention. I am fortunate to have some great friends who are designers. So, I thought that this morning's session would be enhanced by pulling myself together in my favorite clothing and accessories while simultaneously visualizing my friends with me.
Therefore, I wore an outfit made up of pieces from various collections, including Decades (http://decadesinc.blogspot.com/), Lyn Devon (http://www.lyndevon.com/), and Alexandra Knight (http://alexandraknightonline.com/).
Back to the To Do list. This morning before I left, I took three medications:
When I got to the clinic, the nurses were all FULLY prepared. Phew. What a relief.
First step: Huber needle insertion into EMLA-laden port-a-cath. Smooth sailing this time which meant it only took ONE pain-free stick to gain access to my port-a-cath (Gigantic Silver Lining)!
Before administering chemotherapy, I had to have the following three pre-chemo medications through my IV:
TMI? Don't even get me started! It seems like for every medication given, there is another waiting in the wings to offset the side effects of the previous one. After all of the above drugs were given (which took about an hour and a half), it was time for the chemotherapy.
Today was a good, good, day. I was very sleepy from the Benadryl and the Ativan (truth be told: I actually felt quite tipsy) and went straight home for a drug-induced nap. I'm so incredibly grateful that everything went so smoothly today!
Upon returning home, our daughter, aka "4 ¾" found the Band-Aid covering my port-a-cath to be completely unacceptable and promptly changed it to a Cinderella Band-Aid. She put it on very carefully and gently, but not before telling me to "be brave." That sure made my day!
Wishing you all a day filled with SL's.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
To read more about Hollye's holistic and humorous journey over, around, above and below breast cancer, please visit her blog, Brookside Buzz (www.brooksidebuzz.com). You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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