Well – the journey has begun! We turned up as requested at the Ricky Grant Day Unit as requested, and got booked in, with the usual form filling and Q&A session – I am very grateful for their thoroughness! Then down to theatre for the installation of the port under general anaesthetic. As usual, not aware of time. When I was coming round I thought, “Oh no… I forgot to set the alarm and I’ve overslept and missed my appointment!” Lol! In the recovery ward for a while and then back to Ricky Grant, where they gave me a snack lunch, and then my chemo began.
Flushing the port with saline was followed by anti-sickness medication and steroids, then flushing with glucose and finally the oxaliplatin, which took about 4 1/2 hours – they squeezed the very last drop out of the bag! Then further flushing with glucose and a final flushing with heparin and saline, a change of dressing over the port wound which had bled a little, and then home.
Side effects almost straight away – definite signs of peripheral neuropathy when touching surfaces colder than myself, and a weird and painful sensation with my first mouthful of food. Nothing else so far except feeling fairly spaced out but that may be the residue of the anaesthetic. I know that the effects will be cumulative with subsequent cycles but I’m not complaining so far!
(Very) full details on my Cancer Diary page.