The day began with a quick trip to Dr. Burgess's office. Because the clinic is located just across town from where I work, I was able to meet Kara and Anne-Marie there. Everything went well.
From there Kara took Anne-Marie back home to rest, eat lunch, and get Anne-Marie's pre-chemo prescription filled. Next, it was off to Dr. Smith's office in the Providence Portland Professional Plaza (the PPPP).
At Dr. Smith's, they started with the required blood work. Anne-Marie had a Port-a-Cath "installed" near her shoulder during her June surgery, which helps make all the needles used in the chemo process less of a problem. When preparing to do the blood work, the MA was confused by what she saw. She didn't know that my petite-sized wife was given a petite-sized port; she hadn't seen anything like it before. The nurse straightened her out.
Anne-Marie had been breaking out in hives for the few days prior to the treatment, so the doctor gave her some Benadryl. The inflammation went down a little, but they still don't know exactly what caused it. (Thankfully, the hives are gone now.)
After the blood test was approved, Anne-Marie and Kara went to the treatment room and saw a lot of our "chemo friends" from last time. This time everything was in order and the treatment--Ativan, adriamycin, and cytoxan--took the predicted two hours.
Kara brought Anne-Marie home by four in the afternoon so she could take a much needed nap.
Next treatment is Thursday, September 14.