In the midst of my whining about diarrhea, I totally forgot about the chemo tube drama last night!
So I was trying to get the kids ready for bed and had to bolt for the bathroom. While I was hanging out in there, I happened to glance at my chemo line. I do that periodically, trying to SEE the chemo (it's clear, this is obviously a hopeless cause, actually seeing it), wondering if it's really in the tube, thinking that maybe it's just a big fake out. I was surprised to see a series of bubbles in the line. Now I watch TV, man. Air bubbles in a line going into your body is NOT GOOD. After showing Eric, we decided a call to the help line was in order. I laid down with Eli and Eric made the call. I'm really glad he did, by the way. I'm pretty sure I would have freaked out trying to explain bubbles in my tubes.
The help line lady wasn't barrels full of helpful, mostly because Eric didn't think she really understood what exactly I was wearing, how often the chemo pump gets refilled, etc. At any rate, she wasn't too concerned about the bubbles, but did suggest that if they got past the twisty thing, we should probably get it checked out at the hospital.
This started Chemo Tube Watch 2009. As the bubbles slowly moved towards the twisty thing, Eric watched the clock so he could tell me when the pump would go off. The bubbles disappeared into the twisty thing and didn't ever come out the other side. It was the weirdest thing.
And we're left with a mystery. Where did the bubbles come from? Why do they disappear in the twisty thing? Are bubbles in the line normal and I just haven't noticed them before? All fantastic questions for the nurses I'll see when I get my bag changed today.
Who says cancer isn't exciting?