So we are now approaching the 24 hour mark since my last bag of chemo from day/dose 1. I found out that this round of chemo isn’t exactly as easy to deal with as I had been lead to believe.
Projected / Explained Schedule:
Total stay in hospital: 5 days
Dosage: Days 1, 3, 5 each get 2 doses
Dose Length: 3 hours per dose
Delay between dosing: 9-12 hours
Actual Dosage Schedule:
Total stay in hospital: 6-7 days
Dosage: Days 1, 3, 5 each get 2 doses – I missed day 1’s morning dose, so it’s actually Day 1 Night, Day 2 morning, Day 3 night, day 4 morning, day 5 night, day 6 morning. >.>
Dose Length: 3 hours of saline hydration before the dose, and 3 hours of saline after the 3 hour dose. So…9 hours.
Delay between dosing: a night’s sleep.
Now, because you, like I was, are probably unaware of the significance of the changes, let me highlight them real quick:
THREE HOURS OF SALINE HYDRATION BEFORE AND AFTER THE DOSE.
Now, it makes sense. They’re putting an incredibly toxic chemical in me, and at a very high dosage level. They want it to get in, kill the cells its supposed to kill, and get the hell outta dodge. They accomplish that by pumping you full of liquids. A whole lot of liquids. 600ccs per dose of hydration.
That’s 2.4 LITERS of liquid. In roughly 24 hours. Now, I know, context is needed here. So, take a gander at this thing:
That’s the thing they gave me to pee in, to measure how much liquid was coming out of me. They did that so they could tell if I was retaining fluids, and therefore, if I was retaining the chemo chemicals.
I peed enough liquid to fill that thing 6 times. In less than 24 hours. Almost 200 oz of liquid. You know how big most camelbaks are? Here’s a *big* camelbak. It’s 100 oz. I peed two of those.
Nobody thought to warn me about this. Nobody told me, oh hey, you’re not connected to the pole for 3 hours, you’re connected for 9.
GOOD LORD. Why does it seem that I’m the only person that cares about what’s going into and out of my genital region in this place? Damn!