Boy, Herceptin is a trip. One moment I was fine, the next I was flopping around like a fish with chattering teeth (I know that fish don't have teeth. I just mean that I was shaking uncontrollably and my limbs were jerking around). This lasted for several minutes.
It was one of the most bizarre experiences of my life.
They used Demerol to stop the shaking. A lot of Demerol. I was very happy.
Then they told me I was running a fever.
After examining me and deciding there was no sign of an infection that could be causing the fever, the doctor decided that treatment could proceed.
We were at the hospital for eight long hours.
Apparently these are not uncommon side effects of Herceptin and that I am less likely to experience them next time.
That's good news. I liked the Demerol but I really didn't like the convulsing.