Two days ago I completed my 5th cycle of chemotherapy for Stage IV bowel cancer. The cycle process itself was fairly straight forward. Just another long day, hooked up to pumps with drugs being pumped in near my heart. But one thing made this trip very different. A very sick young lady.
As soon as I saw her enter the chemo ward I said to myself “there is no way you are getting treatment today”. She walked into the room slightly bent at the hips, with a flushed face and dark, wet eyes. This poor girl had seen better days. After only 1 minute of sitting in the chair opposite me she started to throw up and complain of abdominal pains. Apparently she had a cold…..is this is what a cold looks like when you are undergoing chemotherapy?? The fact that a cold could be multiplied so dramatically scared me somewhat. At this point I wasn’t able to listen to what was going on. In went the earplugs and up went the music. What I couldn’t ignore was all the curtains being drawn and the numerous doctors and nurses coming through with monitoring equipment. I couldn’t help but feel for this poor young girl. I was later told that she was beyond distraught when she was informed that she would not be receiving treatment that afternoon.
This ordeal also left me with one questions, should she have been brought into the chemotherapy ward with patients undergoing treatment? I am by far not a medical expert and I understand that hospital staff are often stretched thin. But I did wonder whether a better option would have been to take her to a medical ward, rather than the chemo ward.
I wish the very best for this young girl and hope she is on the road to recovery.