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While I don’t plan on blogging every day, I figure that I should at least memorialize the first day of chemo with a blog post. I mean seriously, who isn’t curious about my first day of chemo? I know I’m totally wanting to read about what’s going on. By the way, I had some fun with my hair there before shaving it all off in preparation for chemo. Yes, the type of chemo that I am having is a type that many people lose their hair. So I’ve shaved my head in anticipation of that.

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Currently I’m sitting in my chemo chair receiving the last hour’s worth of chemo. It’s been a long day. I think there’s only been one other person that has been here longer than I have. Everyone else has come and gone while I’ve been here. It’s tough to think that there are actually people getting infusions that are longer than mine (6 hrs!). So far I feel pretty good. I know not to expect that every day is going to feel like this as this stuff is pretty nasty, but today hasn’t been too bad.

I’ve been updating Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with pictures and status updates for people who follow me. I’ve also been responding to quite a few text messages and other messages on Facebook. I’m very thankful that Hematology, Oncology, and Associates here in Medford have wifi in their infusion room. It’s been a major blessing to read all the notes of encouragement as I go through this six hours of infusions.

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I got here at 9:30 am, right on time for my appointment. It took them awhile to get me into the infusion room and set up. It’s amazing how many people are upbeat and in good spirits despite what this room represents. The nurses are all supportive and friendly and willing to help with anything that I need.

Today my wife took time off work to join me to see what I’ll be going through every day this week. It’s been great for me that Julie has been here. Even though as the nurse was getting ready to stick me with the needle she told Julie that pregnant ladies are usually discouraged from coming because of all the medicine around. Not good for the baby if something were to happen. However, it’s ok for her to stay.

Once the IV drip started it’s been a constant up and down for me. Every 20-30 minutes I get to head to the bathroom. Because the etoposide is pretty nasty for the kidneys, I get a pre-infusion of potassium chloride to get my kidneys working and body hydrated to help keep the stuff from making things pretty bad for me. This is why I’m here for so long, and why I will have an intimate knowledge of the infusion room bathrooms. Speaking of bathrooms, I need to use one right now.