On February 2, 2006 I was admitted to Johns Hopkins for the installation of a Hickman Line & my 1st round of chemo. The Hickman Line is a means to administer chemo, draw blood & is placed under the skin via a surgical procedure. Once it was in place, I was rolled in a hospital bed from the main hospital to the Weinberg Building. (Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center) I can remember feeling like everyone was looking at me as I was rolled thru the halls, ugh.
The administration of chemo is done 24/7 at Hopkins. The process for me began at 7 pm on Thursday night. I was closely monitored & it was given very S L O W to see what kind of reaction, if any would occur. I was ok with everything. It was about a 72 hour non-stop process. Although, I did learn that a hospital is no place to get any rest! Blood draws between 10 & midnight & vital checks at 3 a.m. This was my FIRST hospital stay ever!
Mom, Oneida, Alice & then several friends from work visited with me that weekend. Carol, Jacque & Bob, Karen and Diane. It was a pleasant surprise to have everyone there as I was not expecting it :)