I am slowly waking up now. The BCNU chemotherapy was infused over one hour. It did not take long to put me to sleep. That is because it is suspended and alcohol.
I slept from about 10:45 until approximately 1:15. Just as predicted, I woke up very groggy and a good banging headache is forming. They’ve given me a small dose of hydrocodone to counteract the headache.
The nurse just now was warning me about the Malphalan, which is the M in the BEAM chemotherapy. She described trying to chew ice and keep my mouth my intestines as cold as possible. She said the diarrhea and the intestinal sores from the mouth to the end will not begin until approximately three days after. She said when the diarrhea hits, they will let the diarrhea run its course up to a point, and they will then test it to make sure it’s not something else causing it (C-Diff). Then they will give me Imodium or Lomotil.