We arrived and I had already filled out the necessary paper work prior to arrival to keep things moving right along (and no worries I was equip with a Vitamin water and XL Iced Coffee from 711) along with a bag of peanuts (thank you pops), and some very comfy clothes as I was not sure how I would feel afterwards, and had plans that consisted only of coming home and resting/sleeping off the Benadryl. I was taken back after what seemed like 3 hours of waiting in the waiting room (where they had an entertaining bit on the "Rhuematology Network" about celebs with Lupus), to the infusion room which had three lovely ladies that were already hooked up to their mocktails of choice for the afternoon. Grease was playing on the TV, and nurse Debbie was ready to get me going. As you all know the worst of the worst is simply putting the IV in, once that is done it is smooth sailing (generally speaking), and other than some minor side effects (headache, rapid heart rate and some wooziness), and another half of an old school movie (Superman this time, because naturally after Grease we needed something a bit more up-to -date?)
Before I knew it my coffee was gone (I needed more than an XL apparently because it was doing nothing to combat the sleepiness from Benadryl), My infusion was coming to an end, my pops was brought back to the infusion room and I was escorted home to my very comfy and very oversized Big Chair (see: Ode to the Big Chair post from Summer 2010, followed Ode to the TV Pillow for Costochondritis), where I planted myself for the remainder of the evening.
My next infusion (as we are doing the loading dose) will be in another 2 weeks, Monday November 21st, 2011, which will be followed by my last loading dose (3 in the first month), on December 5th, 2011. From that point on I will receive my infusions once monthly, and hopefully within 4 to 6 months start to really take note to the improvements that I am hoping Benlysta offers me (Fingers crossed if all goes according to "plan!")