• Will have first chemo and radiation therapy begining first thing in the a.m.

    Asked by dvdbriansr on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Will have first chemo and radiation therapy begining first thing in the a.m.

    I've agreed to take this thing on, and take it on is what I'll do. So tomorrow 8:30 a.m I'll get my first dose of chemo drugs (Cisplatin & and who knows). Any words of wisdom? Ideas on how to "kill" that much time being held prisoner to a recliner? I've already been told that I'll be there right up until time to head over to my radiation therapy, which is half way cross town (15 min at best). And If anyone knows how to aleviate the pain from a G-Tube? . . . OH Man, I'm listening!!! This thing is STILL causing pain, and "I" know it shouldn't.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I'm glad you decided to give treatment a try. No experience with a G tube. Dad's favorite pass-time when he had his long chemo sessions with the lung cancer was headphones and music. Some people go in with puzzle books, books, laptop, and I've even seen people curl up with a teddy bear and take a nap with a warmed-up blanket. Here, they use the i.v. pole with wheels on it, so people can get up and wheel over to the restroom if they need to. How long do they have you sitting there for your chemo?

      almost 6 years ago
    • sjjohnson1's Avatar

      I took an e-reader and my husband took a laptop. We also had a television in the room we used. I was extremely worried about my first chemo and had a meltdown prior to leaving home. And, it was totally unnecessary. Things went really well. Good luck.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Yeah, books, laptops (probably a wifi connection in the treatment center), music, and TV--unless, like me, you consider day-time TV actively repulsive. Maybe you should consider a book on CD. Or, naps are easy if they pre-treat you by main-lining benedryl.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Oh, and I meant to add, glad to hear you're giving it a try. I know it isn't easy. Hang tough and give it your best shot.

      almost 6 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      Good for you for moving forward! When I go for my chemotherapy, I take a laptop, nap a little, and watch some television. I'm usually there around 6 hours, give or take. The staff are very friendly and will chat a little, too. I bring something to drink, and they had things to snack on. Everyone has given great ideas. I hope some of them help you pass the time. I got Cisplatin, and I tolerated it fairly well. The radiation was okay, too. I hope things go well and quick for you tomorrow! Lots of hugs your way!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I now take my Android tablet. It is sort of everything rolled into one as the hospital has WiFi (most do now days). I can read, watch videos and I have all my music stored on it for when I take a nap. I can even visit whatnext (shameless plug) and answer questions. I also share phoitos of my dogs (3) and cants (2) with the chemo nurses. I also take the tablet to Dr appointments, which has ruined what I used to say was the real reason for going to the Dr office, reading old magizines. I have also brought my work laptop and done actuial work stuff during treatment. It is amazing how much you can get done with no one bothering you. Do bring headphones so you do not have listen to the noise and so you have an excuse to ignor the nurses. Good Luck and don't have too much fun!!!

      almost 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I can't help with passing the time, I was lucky enough that mine only took 15 minutes to drip. The radiation is over so fast you spend more time getting ready and then out than you do getting the treatment.
      For me, the biggest thing is go after it with a purpose, with the goal in mind, get it done, out of the way, and get on with life.

      Your going to do great.

      Let us know how you fair tomorrow night.

      Greg P

      almost 6 years ago
    • huckster's Avatar

      Good for you...get er done was my motto. I had Cisplatin and was hooke up for 5 or 6 hours. My oncology center had TV's hooked up to each of the chairs. I watched some TV, did some puzzle books or asked for a warmed blanket and took a nap. Radiation I just tried to relax and dream of taking a vacation to Disney World. Can't help with the G Tube I was lucky enough and didn't have to have a feeding tube.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Mark007's Avatar

      The only problem I had with my G-tube was when it decided to come out after 2 months so I had to go through the procedure a 2nd time. I didn't have any pain with either one though. My chemo sessions lasted about 3 hours each time. I took a book to read which seemed to pass the time nicely.

      almost 6 years ago

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