Thursday, October 8, 2009
Second Rituxan Treatment
Tuesday I had my second Rituxan treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Starting an IV is a challenge, as my veins like to blow, but after one painful vein in my hand went, she switched to the inside of my elbow and it worked like a champ! Anticipating another hive reaction, the doctor ordered double Benedryl, which was another great idea! My appointment was at 9AM and the IV meds started at about 10AM. I remember getting some juice and crackers around 11:30, but after that, I slept. I slept so soundly (Benedryl induced), that I didn't wake up when the nurse removed my IV at 1PM, and she didn't want to disturb me, so I woke up at 2. I was pale and weak after the IV, but drove myself to a hair appointment and then home. As with the first infusion, I noticed that I slurred words, but this only lasted the first day. My hands were weak and when I cooked dinner, I knocked a box of corn starch all over the tile and halfway swept that up, then spilled a box of couscous all over the floor. David came to the rescue and cleaned up both of my messes. Dinner was simple, a baked chicken, couscous (there was another box), and green beans. I felt weak, my long bones ached, but Tylenol checked that, and I went to bed early. Day two was much better. I did some laundry, played with my dog, and hung around home, resting a lot. There won't be another infusion for four to six months. Yay! I'll keep you posted on any RA improvement. So far, I notice my large joints are less compromised.