[cancer|photos] Chemotherapy, in pictures

Yesterday was day one of session one of my chemotherapy. I blogged and tweeted as the process went on, so I won’t bother to repeat the blow-by-blows, but herewith is a chronicle in photos:

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braiding my hair in case of vomiting.

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We put the EMLA on my chest an hour before. This numbs the skin over the port so the needle insertion isn’t so painful.

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In the waiting room of the Medical Oncology unit at OHSU’s Center for Health and Healing.

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The first of many rounds of drugs. (The rest were IV.) These are mostly for nausea control.

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Waiting for some action.

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Some action. They hung about ten or twelve different bags on me through the day, and later I acquired a third pump.

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gave me the first of what proved to be many spoons. The nurses were impressed. This one is like her, slightly cracked, broken necked, but a beautiful survivor.

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send along a spoon with a card illustrated by her. Now I know what Hieronymus Bosch was drawing at age 12.

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Medicine is always more fun when it comes in a biohazard bag.

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Look, ma! Three pumps! Plus my highly weird and entertaining P.A., Jon.

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A spoon from , cleverly styled to match the hat so generously knitted for me by .

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Sometimes it’s just funny.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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