Things started off well enough, including a report from Dr. Hema that my hemoglobin is continuing to improve, albeit slowly, now at 11.2. Also, a sometimes indicator of anemia, B12, is normal! However slight these improvements may be, they indicate my system is slowly returning to normal. I love good news.
Soon after the rituxan was started, my face became very red and I felt nauseous. So, once again, off I rushed to the restroom, IV pump in tow. I felt very sick for a few minutes, but never actually threw up. These symptoms subsided about as fast as they arose after the rituxan was stopped. An anti-nausea drug was administered and then the rituxan restarted. So far, I am tolerating it well.
This will be a long two days. It is now about 1:30 pm and we are just about done with the first 100 mg of rituxan, out of 739 mg required.
My bright spot is my adorable wife who is here at my side helping me every agonizing step of the way.