Today was slightly strange in the world of Dawn and her Great Chemo Adventure.
First, we misjudged the time it would truly take to get the boys up and to school (early) so we could get to U of M on time. Actually, it wasn’t so much the time at school, though that could’ve gone better, but more, it was the traffic. People apparently really cannot handle the roundabouts during rush hour. Nor can they drive well when they are lost.
We finally got there about 15 after 9 (I was supposed to do blood draw around 8:30, oops) and my blood draw-er was fantastic and fast. Sat around in infusion for about an hour while Mike went to get some breakfast and shake off the morning drive.
While I was getting my IV, we found out that my hemoglobin was low. Thus began the oddities of the day.
Hemoglobin (Hb or Hgb) is the protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen. A low hemoglobin count is a below-average concentration of the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin proteins in your blood.
Diseases and conditions that cause your body to produce fewer red blood cells than normal include: Cancer
First, they were going to add a bag o’blood to my infusions today. But first they needed to take more blood to cross match and type or something. Then they were going to add two bags. Then none. Then tomorrow, but only if numbers weren’t rebounding. Then not tomorrow, but Thursday, if numbers weren’t rebounding. Finally, they decided that I would be getting a blood draw tomorrow, type and match blood draw on Thursday and a blood draw on Friday, with the understanding that if my numbers do not rebound, I will hang out for a blood transfusion!
All in all, the infusions were good today. Late start meant we were there longer than expected, but not too late to be unable to get the boys. I wasn’t nearly as sleepy today since I was able to sleep last night! Plus, the meds I’m on have definitely been helping with nausea and pain. Helllllo morphine!
So day 3 will be blood draw and 2 chemo drugs as well as pre-meds and hydration bags. I can handle that.
PS: Cross posting over at Defying Melanoma if you happen to check both sites, just for time saving.