Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Still recovering...

Went in for my iron infusion on 11/19 and I'm slowly but surely rebounding.  I'll find out on 12/13 if the infusion is working and with any luck I won't have to go through that process again.

In the days leading up to my infusion I did a lot of poking around on the interwebs to find out about other peoples experiences and hopefully have some idea of what to expect.  Holy. Jesus.  There were some horror stories out there.  I just want to say that my experience was textbook, uneventful, and seems to be working *knock on wood*.

I arrived at the HOPE Cancer Center at 9am.  Got settled in my fancy recliner and was set up with my IV and premeds.  Tylenol, Zantac, Benadryl, and a steroid... THEN finally I was ready for my test dose of iron. The whole idea of needing that many drugs and then a test dose to make sure there wasn't going to be any horrific reaction was a bit unnerving.  I got to hang out with a saline bag for about 30 minutes after my test dose just to be ABSOLUTELY sure nothing terrifying was going to happen.  All went well.  I hung out and watched Thanksgiving cooking shows on Foodnetwork and tried to tune out the most annoying sound in the world.

Physically the whole thing was pretty easy.  Emotionally it was one of the longest days of my life.  To be there getting iron and sitting next to people receiving chemo was... difficult.  I will never apologize for my emotions dealing with my own health experiences but it did give a certain amount of perspective.  It could be worse.