So I finished up my last day of chemo yesterday. Even though the actual chemo does not effect me until several days after, it just feels better to know that it is done. The only thing left now is to wait for my blood counts to drop and then rebound (may take several weeks) and 8 more rounds (days) of radiation.
They came in this morning at 6:30 AM to let me know they were going to take me down for radiation treatment. A transporter (person who pushes the wheelchair), would be here in 10 minutes. Right after that, my doctor comes in to check me out. Rash, vision etc.. Checked out OK I guess. Now, I am down to 5 minutes before the transporter arrives. So I get out of bed, head into the bathroom to "ready myself." I emerge from the bathroom in under 5 minutes and there is now a wheel chair in my room, a transporter, a CNA to take my vitals and my nurse to draw blood. Keep in mind, I was sound asleep 10 minutes earlier.
I get vitals done, blood drawn and I am off. My transporter is all of 90 lbs trying to push me in this over sized wheelchair with one hand while using the other hand to navigate my IV pole. She is having some trouble to say the least. As you leave my floor to approach the elevators, there is a slight downward slope of the floor. I knew this was going to be eventful. We get halfway down the ramp and she starts to loose control of the situation. I see my IV pole start to go past me. I quickly reach out to grab that. You see, I am attached to to the other end of that IV. By me grabbing the IV pole, she is able to use both hands gain control of the wheelchair. When we got to the end of the ramp, I made it pretty clear I would take care of navigating the IV pole. She seemed relieved!
So we get down to radiology at 6:50. No one is there. They do not open until 7:00. They need two technicians to run the machine. There was one technician there promptly at 7:00. The second person did not show up until 7:15. It appears she has a history of tardiness based on some of the comments and eye rolling that the technician that was there at 7:00 was making to me while we waited for her. Today she had a great excuse of how she had ATM trouble at the gas station blah blah...
So I had my radiation, got wheeled back to my room and was done with all my duties for the day at 7:40AM. No side effects from the radiation. I have not seen any of my brain leaking out of my ear or anything on my pillow. (I do check). Vision is at about 80% and skin rash is pretty much gone. Walked 2 miles today.