It is Friday morning 10:00 am we are at the Infusion Center at Henrico Doctors Hospital. Shannon is getting 1 liter of Saline to help her with Hydration. Her doctor prescribed a daily hydration treatment as needed to stave off dehydration. I wanted to catch everyone up on treatment this week.
Let me start by following up on my last post. Part of the reason the chemo treatment took so long is due to having the IV run through Shannon’s vein. Shannon has very small veins so the nurses had to run the IV at half speed.. so what would normally take 1 hour took 2 hours. We let her oncologist know and she recommended a Picc Line which basically inserts a tube deeper into her vein. Shannon had the Picc Line put in on Tuesday morning at 8:00 am in an outpatient procedure which took about an hour. We then took her downtown for her radiation treatment at 10:00 am.
This was a busy day as she had an appointment with a Nutritionist with oncology training. We all agreed we needed some help with keeping Shannon nourished with the right foods during her treatment. Her thoughts at first was to go all organic and low fat. We were wrong. The biggest takeaway from the meeting was during treatment calories and protein are what she needs to focus on. She is to eat sensibly but what she likes.. whenever she eats she should have protein, meats, cheese, dairy, nuts. The longer the treatment goes the more important it is for her to be eating. If she wants to go to Chick Fil A.. go to Chick Fil a. Potatoes, Pasta, anything to help her keep food in her body. This was a very good meeting and we are glad we sought out the help.
Shannons chemo this week was at 9:00 am on Wednesday. It went much smoother than the first one as we had expected. We knew how to get checked in and got to the hospital early to make her appointment. The infusion nurse was happy to see she had a Picc Line because they could run the IV at full speed to speed up the treatment. We were done with the treatment at 1:00 pm compared to 3:00 pm last week.. The whole process was much better.
She continues to have radiation daily that vary times. We will go to MCV downtown until June 12th at that time she will be able to go 5 minutes from home rather than going downtown which is about 15-20 minutes down I-95 which depending on the day traffic can be bad going and coming. Every week is a new adventure.
Shannon is done with her Saline treatment and we are headed to MCV. Her appointment for radiation is at 10:20.. as I am typing this it is 10:35.. we are late.. but I called at 10:00 am to let radiation know we are on the way.. they will just work her in.. more adventure.. I will check back in early next week to let everyone know how the weekend went. Weekends are good because she gets a break.. no radiation and no chemo.
I hope everyone has a nice weekend. Thanks again for the messages and prayers. Shannon reads them each day.. It is great to know we have all the support from friends and family during this time.