Steve has been reclining in an infusion chair for more than three hours and is doing well.
His nurse was able to draw three vials of blood from his new port -- so much easier than the needle sticks he usually endures. Those labs showed that his counts are enough in range to start the new treatment plan.
We reviewed possible side effects and remedies with Dr. M and again with a pharmacist. Then they started him on a saline solution, Decadron and anti-nausea meds.
The Avastin drip began sometime after 10 a.m. That will be followed by the CPT-11 (chemotherapy) drip.
The room is comfortable. We have a television with VCR and DVD player (he's watching Major League right now) and three visitors' chairs. We've already hosted our first guest! Pastor Andy spent more than an hour with us and closed our visit with a beautiful prayer.
A few steps away is a refreshment room, stocked with juices, Ensure and Boost. (Steve prefers Boost -- he thinks it's more youthful than Ensure.)
Steve is layered with warm blankets. He's wearing a gray stocking cap and maize and blue gloves (Go Blue!). He looks "cozy rosy," as Dr. M said when she walked in.
Dr. M expects that Steve will be severely fatigued tomorrow and perhaps throughout the weekend. By Monday he should be feeling much better, she says.