I just got back from the hospital, where I received an intravenous infusion of Zometa. The process took about 20 minutes and went smoothly, despite my extreme aversion to needles. You would think I was Moby Dick about to be harpooned.
But it's over. My doctor said the drug would begin to lower my serum calcium almost immediately, though results that I can feel -- improved appetite, less nausea, less lethargy -- could take two to three days to occur.
Side effects are rare, she said. The most common is a feeling of coming down with the flu, though she has never seen this in any of her patients. The big question, though, is whether it will work on me. My doctor seems certain that it will help, and that's the hope I cling to.
Now, it's time for a nap before I head off to work.