Today I went in for my Avastin and Taxol, but due to low white cell counts, I could only get the Avastin. I was a bit bummed out, but glad not to have to be there so long, but wishing that I could have the chemo part, Taxol too. So, the nurse gave me one shot of neupogen to boast my white cell production. And now that I have a prescription ffor that, I can give myself the shots tomorrow and the day after at home without having to trek uptown. Neupogen comes in a small prefilled syringe, and it must be injected subcutaneously. I have never given myself a shot, but I guess there is a first time for everything. Hopefully I will do okay, and not get too squeamish. I am supposed to give it to myself in the belly. Ah, the adventures in cancerland continue!
Today I had to wait a bit longer than usual because one nurse was out sick. Apparently when a nurse is out sick, they don’t call in a sub. I was surprised to learn this, but my husband tells me that it is too expensive to hire a temp nurse, so hospitals just make do. The treatment room today was nearly full, and the two nurses were running back and forth to try to get everyone’s needs attended to, but it’s not an ideal situation.
So, I was thinking of writing a complaint letter, though not sure how much good it will do. With all of the health care discussion in the news these days, I find it disheartening that we as a country can’t seem to figure this one basic need out. I guess if everyone had advanced cancer in the U.S. (including all those politicians, and lobbyists) maybe we’d be in a different situation. Anyhow, my next chemo appointment is August 3rd, Monday at 10:30 AM. Hope to see some friendly faces there!