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.