Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Two Down

So far, so good. I've had two Rituxan infusions and things are going well.

Infusion #1 took 7.5 hours. I had an allergic reaction about one hour into the treatment when my ears started itching like crazy. The nurses stopped the drip, gave me more benadryl, called my doc and waited about 30 minutes before restarting the treatment. Later that night I had a bad headache and my face was red; both lasted about 36 hours. Fatigue was a post-treatment issue. I stayed home the day after my treatment but then went back to work the following day. I was very tired but able to work, and that made me happy.

Infusion #2 took 6 hours and I didn't have a reaction during the treatment. Yes!  Treatment was done about 24 hours ago. I have a headache, my face is red and puffy, and I am exhausted. Benadryl is my friend. I feel much more tired this week than I was last week. But overall I'm doing well. The nurses at the UM Infusion Center are excellent and I get great care there.