The day had arrived. Three weeks after Herceptin appointment #6/13, when I first experienced an allergic reaction to the Herceptin, it was time to see whether we could prevent a similar reaction via preemptive use of a steroid and antihistamines. Prior to arriving at Kaiser, I took one Zyrtec as instructed by the oncology pharmacist. Unfortunately, I hadn’t had enough sleep the previous night so was out for the count before the nurse even hooked up my Benadryl IV at 9.45.
I reawoke when the nurse started the Solumedrol (steroid, also to prevent an allergic reaction) at 10am. Even though I was tired and sleepy from the Benadryl, my legs were restless and I fidgeted on my reclining chair for several minutes, trying to find a more comfortable position. I finally fell asleep again by 10.45 and slumbered soundly until just before noon when the nurse woke me to say my treatment was done (and probably had been since 11.15).
I managed to stay awake long enough to drive myself home and dragged myself directly upstairs to bed to sleep off the remaining drugs over the next few hours. The upside was no allergic reaction, but thirty minutes of actual treatment turned out to require several hours of commitment. Easy enough … all I really had to do was sleep.
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life (not!).
See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the Benadryl queen.
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