Tuesday, 10 January 2012

We all live in a yellow submarine

Arrive home a short while ago..  it was long day but surprisingly stress-free.  The nursing staff were fantastic and the day just flew past.  I had no reactions to rituximab or any of the chemo drugs which bodes well for ongoing treatment.  Other than that I don't feel any different - no nausea yet.  Next treatment in 21 days.. with a couple of blood tests and doctors visits in-between.  One down five to go.

I now feel properly qualified to listen to some Beetles tunes in the hope to uncover hidden meanings in the lyrics. Plugging in now…..


Day One - Take 2

Tuesday is a new day.. it was good to put Monday behind me.  I was first to arrive in the ward today - got here just before all the oldies were wheeled in.  Sharing ward today with All Black Captain and coach - Fred Allen. He's pushing 92 and is still very sharp and Fred appears to be running the show, he knows all the team by name and they are taking good care of him.

I've seen the team and everything is all setup, drugs loaded.  First up is rituximab which is an artificially produced antibody, I think it has rodent origins but thats no worry as I enjoy a good soft cheese as much as the next rat. That is then followed by the heavy hitters of cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine… along with the prednisone.  The course is based around a 21 day cycle and is called R-CHOP - I'll probably go through 6 cycles.

Ange should be arriving with my coffee shortly - caffeine is as you all know the critical drug that holds everything together. I'm about to get started so I'll get this posted.

cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine