Hi Everyone...I could hear your mental vibes all day yesterday. I kept hearing: "OK Nurse Dee, what the hell is going on...we NEED an update on Tonto pronto!" OK...OK...Cut me some slack...it was a long day and besides "Survivor" and "Hell's Kitchen" was on TV last night and we are totally hooked on both shows. Ha! We really want "Coach" to get kicked off the island!!
So we're back here at the clinic, in room 5 getting Day 2 of chemo Round 2. Yesterday was a LONG day. We had to get up at 5:30 AM to be at the lab by 7:00 AM so they could run another blood sample to ensure Bren's white blood cell count was in the acceptable range for her chemo. We were supposed to start that round at 8:30 AM but didn't get actually started until around 9:so AM. The white blood count had soared so we were good to go.
We got stuck in a place called the "Chair Unit" which doesn't mean poor Bren had to sit in a chair for that long...it should actually be called "The Closet Unit." The room we were assigned to seemed as small as our apartment broom closet!!! They crammed a bed, a chair, a sink, the IV brain and pole set up, and a supply box all in this little, little, little room. If you weren't claustrophobic at the start of the treatment, you sure were by the end.
At 10:30 AM I went to class #2 on how to take care of Brenda's PICC line. I've passed the Heparin Cap change and Heparin Infusion demos, but I still need to pass the "Dressing Change" demo. You have to go through 2 classes and then give the demo to the Infusion Therapy nursing staff on your patient. I'll do that next week when she needs a dressing change. With the type of material they use as the covering, we only need to change the bandage once a week now.
OK...so then I went back to the closet. The lunch guy came and we ordered a sandwich. Bren and her "Garbage Gal" nurse really maximize on the lunch routine. We share the sandwich and I usually get the fruit Bren doesn't want, and I always get the cookies!!! YUMMM! Besides being in the closet, it was noisy. But hey...we were there getting the cure so everything was good. We did make the time go a little faster when we watched the movie, "Into the Wild," on the computer. The movie was based on a true story and was actually very good.
So chemo was completed around 5:oo PM. The first day of the 3-day round is always the longest and usually lasts 7+ hours. Yesterday, Bren needed her PICC dressing changed so after chemo we had to go over to the Infusion Therapy Unit to get that done. We were out by 6:00 PM. That makes for a long day!
Nurse Dee took the patient home and plopped her on the couch and then walked over to the grocery store to hunt up some dinner. Brenda decided that boiled shrimp, sweet potatoes and rice sounded good. Remember that I'm NOT the cook in the family but I'm certainly educable!! I pulled off dinner without a hitch and we didn't even miss any of Survivor! YEA! Coach still needs to go!
Bren was pooped and went to bed early...the alarm would be screaming at us soon enough. Sure enough as we were driving in this morning it certainly felt like we never left the place. Thank heaven this is only 3 days in a row.
The PICC line was the right choice because none of the nurses have to go digging in poor Bren's arm to find a vein. You can see them all smile when they see she has the central line in. She feels better about this ordeal and so do they!
So VP's consider yourself updated. This afternoon I think we'll watch the movie, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas." My Mom said it was really good. So how are all of you? Michele, Karen and Koko...how did you like Columbus Isle? We loved the resort and beach when we were there. Did you miss us? You guys ought to be coming back in the next couple days.
OH! I almost forgot...get ready for the next contest to keep Brenda entertained. I'll be laying out the details in the next several days. The last contest was suck a HUGE hit for Bren and I really think for everyone, that we want to start another. We just LOVE hearing from you all and really thrive on your involvement...the connection is FABULOUS!!!
So...got to go...hope this report finds you all in good health and happy.
Nurse Dee and Chemo-sabe