I have now officially completed the third of four rounds of chemotherapy for the cancer. The drips finished yesterday just before noon, and I had a couple of pills to take this morning after breakfast.
After the infusion yesterday, they stuck a small boxy thing on my abdomen that gave me more medication to stimulate the bone marrow, in particular to ward off a low white blood cell count, another possible side effect of chemo, giving an increased risk of infection. I was instructed to take it off when the green light stopped flashing, which it did about 4:20pm; and I promptly took my first real shower in six days. 😎 (It was a little disconcerting the first time I woke up to see my stomach flashing green; but after a beat or two of cognitive improvement, I knew what it was and could laugh at myself.)
As before, I’ve been fortunate to experience none of the horrible side effect of chemo. I expect my bowels to be all stopped up for two or three days, but that’s just an annoynance.
Next up is to get all ready for my trip to Hawaiʻi that starts on Wednesday. That trip will get in the way of my fourth and final round of treatments which will be delayed a few days until the Monday through Wednesday before Thanksgiving; but I was adamant that I wanted to make the trip. These ISO standards committee meetings are what’s keeping my brain exercised during retirement. 😎