Alhamdulillah, I have just had my first chemotherapy and Allah has given me the ability to post an entry into the blog.
I'll make it short, as I need to utilize the times when my body is still feeling relatively well post-chemotherapy for revision purposes.
930 am - Arrived in 02 Day Case Unit, Hallamshire Hospital
945 am - Had a few bloods taken for baseline investigation before the chemotherapy treatment can be started. Iv cannula inserted into a vein on the forearm.
1000am - Consultant Haematologist came and had a chat, as well as to get a consent for the chemotherapy.
1030 am - Baseline investigations were all normal and thus hospital starts to prepare the ABVD medications.
1030am - 230pm : Nothing much going on as we sat and waited for the medications to be prepared by the hospital staff.
230 pm - Chemotherapy treatment commences:
First drug - Vinblastine(5 mins)
2nd drug - Bleomycin (2 minutes)
3rd drug - Adriamycin (2 minutes)
4th drug - Dacarbazine (1 hour)
Alhamdulillah, the chemotherapy finished approximately at 415pm, and as I was feeling generally well, we were allowed to return home. Even though I have made arrangements for a friend to pick us up with a car, I felt quite ok that I decided to walk home instead. Mum and Jep were fine with it and we all walked back home.
At the moment, I do feel a bit nauseated (loya), but the anti-sickness medication that they administered prior to starting the chemotherapy seems to be doing its job so far. Apart from feeling slightly tired, I do feel that I am coping relatively well post-chemo, better than my own expectations.
I guess this is down to all the prayers and du'as that my family and friends have consistently been making all this while. Thank you very much everyone, and I pray that Allah reward each and everyone of you for your help and concern.
Doa itu senjata bagi orang Muslim. It really is.