Hi Everyone: Thanks for the well wishes. The BCG went great....but I was scared...blood pressure was high! Held it the full two hours...no liquid from 7 a.m. - BCG started at 1 p.m. Think my Ipod with favorite music helped me get through the time without constantly thinking about having "to go".
Drank 17oz of water on way to Army lodge which took about 1 1/2 hour travel time (arrived about 4:45 p.m.). Drank 16oz Cranberry/Raspberry juice followed by two more 17oz bottles of water before 9 p.m. Used the bleach - couldn't imagine not - just thinking about all those little live "bugs" floating around! So far side effects minimal...have wicked Migraine, but get these all the time anyway and have from slight to moderate bladder discomfort, but nothing remarkable to complain about. No burning, no blood...does this start later?
Thanks again for the responses and talk to you all soon, Sandra
"Grandmothers are just antique little girls...."
I went through a Six week BCG treatment this past summer. During the middle of it, I met the father-in-law of one of my cousins. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer 10 years ago and has had multiple 6 week BCG treatments as well as maintenence BCG. He is in his mid 80's and was real nice to talk to. I asked him about his treatment, side effects, and what he did about bleaching his first few viods. He told me the his treatments center was about 2 hours away from his home (somewhere in Texas) and he always had to stop at a Walmart on the way home. When I inquired about bleaching the toilet, he said, "screw them, I never liked Walmart." Well this had me in stiches and it sure lifted my spirits hearing about an 80 year old man going through the same issues as me without much complaining. His wife later confessed that he did use bleach, but it made for a very humorous story.
Sandra, I wish you the best with your treatment and hope the BCG keeps away any more tumors. I've been clean through two scopes since mine and plan on staying that way.
My medical center and BCG treatments were also 100 miles away. I stayed the 2 hours in the doctors office for the first treatment, rolling and turning as instructed every 15 minutes. My first urination after the instillation was done at the doctors office and they poured the bleach. My husband and I then checked into nearby hotel with a bleach bottle as the instructions said to pour bleach after each urination for 6 hours. WE did a similar routine with the remaining 5 instillations. Later, however, a very prominent Doctor on web cafe disputed the need for bleach. I don't know if that is still the current requirement. The bleach part was the biggest hassle when we decided on the 2nd round of BCG treatments 8 months later to commute home after the treatment. Drive along the interstate, stop at a rest stop, bring my bleach bottle, not let anyone in the stall for 15 minutes (the bleach was suppose to sit with the urine for 15 minutes before flushing). I was very conscientious of the instructions and procedure. I wonder, though, how many really are.