hello! Good luck on your first infusion...I hope it goes as well for you as it has for me and others here! I got my first infusion in the hospital and I had to wear the gown, but that's because I was an inpatient at the time. Now, I still go to the hospital but to there outpatient infusion center and I just wear my street clothes. I would think you should be able to keep your street clothes on as well, but not sure. I go in and they ask me about
any recent illnesses (you can't get the infusion if your sick at all). Then they take vital signs (expect to get this done quite frequently throughout the entire infusion). Then get the IV started, at that time they give you the pre-meds. I get tylenol and Benadryl. Then, they start the infusion...they go real slow at first, and then it speeds up as time goes by and if your doing ok. The benadryl makes me very sleepy, so while I recline in the chair, watching tv, I always doze off. Its so relaxing. They offer drinks and snacks if I need it (i'm diabetic). But I have learned to take my own as well. A few times, I have taken a book to read, but don't usually get too far into it, as I always get sleepy. After my first few infusions, I was VERY sleepy all day long, but since then I'm not so sleepy when I leave, only while I get it. A few times I have taken my little hand held solitaire game as well. But again, I get so sleepy so don't play it long either. You can take an mp3 player too, If you want to listen to tunes. Hope this helps!! Well, good luck with your first one!! :o)
41 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo). Diagnosed L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.
Remicade infusions ~ 11/6/07, 12/6/07, 12/20/07, 2/14/08, 6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day,
prednisone 20mg 10mg 5mg daily, Nexium 40mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 45 35 25 20 units daily, Novolog 10 8 5 units with sliding scale at meals, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily, and pro-biotics daily.