Cycle 3 Week 2 Chemo Treatment: A day in my life

Last Friday was Cycle 3 Week 2 of my treatment so I thought I would provide a synopsis of my day. When I woke up I knew I wanted to to take my daily self-portrait with my treatment pills before I left for the hospital and I felt it should be different than the typical bland photo I’d taken in the past. So, dosage I walked around until I found a flower patch and decided it would serve as a nice backdrop.

what is ed on Flickr”>Velcade chemo treatment: Cycle 3 Week 2 (12th week total)Cycle 3 Week 2 Treatment

I then took the bus to the hospital cancer ward where I checked in, what is ed found a room with a free chair, and took my blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and Oxygen Saturation. These numbers I then put on my chart, which the nurse looked at when she came by before she took a single vial of my blood (called a CBC – complete blood count), which measures my White Blood Cells, Neutrophils, Hemoglobin, and Blood Platelets. This particular blood test provides an ongoing monitoring of my response to chemo. About 30 minutes later I received my results which were good and normal in some cases.

To see results of WBC, hemoglobin, blood platelets, and neutrophils levels

To see results of WBC, hemoglobin, blood platelets, and neutrophils levels

White Blood Cells 4.2 (normal 4.5-10.0)
Neutrophils 4.0 (normal 2-7.5)
Hemoglobin 115 (normal 113-178)
Blood Platelets 240 (normal 150-440)

Velcade chemo treatment Cycle 3, Week 2: Waiting for my chemoWaiting for my chemo treatment

While I waited for the blood test results, the nurse came by to give me my chemo in needle form (140ml and 150ml). As this was the 2nd week, I received the injections in the right side of my stomach. I don’t like needles at all, so I always look away and take myself mentally to a happy place. After this was done, and I had received a small piece of paper with my counts (CBC results), I left the hospital to take the bus home. Another chemo experience done!

About tyfn

From December 2019 I've been on Darzalex (daratumumab) IV chemo with Velcade (Bortezomib) injection chemo + dexamethasone. Have Multiple Myeloma + anemia, a rare incurable cancer of the immune system. Life goal: To spread awareness about Multiple Myeloma through my self-portraits. UBC MSc Grad.
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