Herceptin treatment starts

Nov 21, 2013

I slept much better last night. And I'm so relieved. I suppose it's because I'd already done everything yesterday, same again today, just different drugs.

The drugs are administered, and it’s all fine. Once I’m finished they need to keep an eye on me as I could have a reaction to the Herceptin, so we wait for a few hours.

During this time, I’m given more steroids to take to reduce the chances of sickness over the next 3 days. I also have a lesson in injecting myself with an immunity boosting syringe. That was quite odd. All the times I’ve had needles stuck in me over the past 6 weeks or so, it’s always been someone else doing it, so I can look away and let them get on with it. Not so this one, I have to actually stick it in myself. I had a practice run with a dummy needle and a stress ball, then it was time for the main show. There was an awkward pause whilst I took a deep breath, steeled myself and went for it. Luckily it was fine. The nurse was happy with my attempt and I’ll be trusted to do it unsupervised in future.

I have my port site checked and they are also pleased that’s healed sufficiently so it looks like I’ll be able to have a bath tonight. :-)

At the designated time we were told they were happy, and we could go. Before long we are home sitting down to lasagna with the bairns and grandparents.

After tea, and a catch up on Pointless, I have my aforementioned bath, and then it’s off to bed. It’s been a long couple of days, and I need to make sure I rest. Ross goes to the pub.