So, one dose in with the Gemzar, and already 5 hours down in the ER. Nasty side effects and a very high fever for two days - after MORE x-rays and a battery of tests, still not sure why. Sent home with a liter of saline in my veins and a prescription for broad-spectrum antibiotics in my pocket.
No, we are NOT having fun yet.
And we're not so sure that I'm going to be able to stick this chemo drug out. Theoretically (and according to the two oncologists I've spoken to on the subject), Gemzar is supposed to be 'relatively mild' as chemo chemicals go... but it hasn't worked out that way for me so far. And a dear friend had a nightmarish experience with it. So. I guess I'll try it for another week (along with the antibiotics, this should be fun), and see where it goes.
But I can't say I'm happy about it.