Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In the treatment room...

11:44 am - We got to Dr. Hema's office and after looking at my blood tests, he agreed to start the next rituxan treatment. After the pre-medications, the rituxan was started at about 10:30 am. Unfortunately, side effects started rather quickly. I became rather red in the face and felt quite uneasy. I felt a wave of nausea overcoming me and rolled my infusion pump with me into the restroom and was sick. As quickly as it came, the nausea feeling left. The nurse, under advisement of Dr. Hema, stopped the rituxan and is now administering a treatment for nausea. The rituxan will restart in about 15 minutes at a slow rate. The nurse thinks it will take until about 4:00 pm to get done.

Dr. Hema says the tests for viruses were all negative except there is a very slight indicator for Epstein-Barr. He said he consulted with other experts who opined that the symptoms were so slight that they would not even treat for it.

Almost every recliner is full today and some of the patients are young; 30's or 40's. It's one thing to get a cancer in your 60's or 70's, when you have enjoyed a nice life and lived to see your grandchildren, but it's quite another thing to be battling the fight of your lifetime, literally , at 35.

My adorable wife is sitting here patiently, lending her full support. One could not ask for more in a relationship. I am a very lucky man. Thank you, dear.

Happy birthday to one of my sons, G. We look forward to our visit.

More later.


  1. Hi Bill, So happy you are getting that treatment that you have been so looking forward to.Pray all goes well Hi to my best friend and yours sylvia. Don't know if you will get this because blog is not a word I understand so I don't know what I am doing. Love Nancy

  2. Bill... Hang in there!!! Don and I are watching you... We think of you often... Good Luck and Take Care... Jan

  3. Hi SD, I really wish you did not have to go through all of this, it makes me sick to know that this is happening.

    I was happy to read that you will be going out for pizza afterwards. I think that you are amazing, as well as, my dear friend Miss Sylvie.

    You both are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

    Love ya, Dyanne