It took from 9.30 to 4.00 as scheduled. Had an injection of piriton, then some steroid then some saline. Then they put this large bag of the rituximab magic potion on the drip. By then I was feeling a bit woozy because of the piriton but felt more alert after various trips to the loo - still all hooked up. I was lucky enough to have one of those self-raising chairs so you can keep your feet up and it also stands you up which is helpful because with all that fluid going in I had to pee quite a lot.
I have to come back in two weeks time. After that we shall see. My rheumy is supposed to be making decisions about the future treatment, and I have another appointment with him in early May. Around then I should have seen the knee surgeon. I was told not to arrange anything approaching surgery for a month after my next infusion and I think you have to do similar dodging things with the flu vaccine (because the ritiximab kills off the cells that the vaccine attaches itself to or something).
Anyway that's what I think I learned today. The staff were lovely and I ended up (still a bit high on piriton and having seen the Singing Detective recently - imagining them all singing this: