Thanks to everyone for the good mojo today. I got through my first chemo session thanks to you.
In the end, it was the same as the routine flight from Charlotte to London. Six plus hours long, the other people around you really don't look too healthy, the movie selection is terrible and the food makes you sick to your stomach. For the frequent flyers in the group, I really wish chemo could be like a nice flight on Singapore Airlines. Alas, it is too similar to US Airways.
In all seriousness, today's nurse Eileen was fantastic and she got me through with flying colors. She is the mother of three boys and is from NY state. Although my Mom is from NJ, they could have been sisters in spirit. She made it much easier to bear.
Stuart stayed with me most of the time...I nodded off for a while in the beginning after a healthy dose of Benadryl as part of the "pre-chemo regime" and even watched a bit of a movie. Today's film was Chloe, a racy, rated-R number that was long on nude scenes featuring Amanda Seyfriend, but woefully short on plot. At least it didn't make me throw-up.
Speaking of nudity, I know I promised a picture of the port, but I think it's best to wait a few days...things are not where they are supposed to be at the moment.
One piece of annoying news today. I read further into my pathology report and found that my count of CD68+ cells is very high (>25% of the background/benign cells are these macrophage cells). A recent study about Hodgkin's Lymphoma published in the New England Journal of Medicine linked this "molecular marker" to a poorer prognosis for primary treatment as well as secondary treatment in case of a relapse.
So, all in all, today was a good day. The chemo went great, but my pathology report is back on the front-burner of my mind.