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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chemo 1: Almost Done.

Well, I went with mom for Chemo 1 yesterday. First of all, let me just tell you that she had a mediport placed last Monday. 2 days later: let's use it for chemo! I've got pics. It's not...pretty. It's quite functional, but it's not pretty. I didn't go with her for that---and when she told me "a central line," I pictured it...differently. I pictured a triple lumen catheter, but no, it's a mediport, under her skin.

Went for chemo yesterday. Before chemo, they infuse anti-nausea meds, & then start chemo drug 1, which infuses through a bag. Chemo drug 2 gets manually pushed through a syringe (medium-sized-syringe, not super-scary-looking, and it gets pushed slowly) after chemo drug 1 is completed. Chemo drug 3 is then added to the regimen, by way of a pump that slowly administers the drug over 46 hours. The pump? She gets to wear it in a super-attractive fanny pack. {What's up? That's right: a fanny pack. Jealous much???} About that fanny pack: we're sooooo going to have to seek an alternative to THAT.

How's mom doing???
Well, she's tired.
The hypersensitivity to cold---oh, it's on. She described it as a "shocky" feeling. Granite countertops? Can't touch them. Soda cans? Can't touch those either. It's not an overwhelming thing, or it hasn't seemed to be so far...but VERY WEIRD.
Nausea & Vomiting? Nope. We may not necessarily be out of the woods on that side effect just yet----but it hasn't started yet that's a good thing, right??? She's on this drug that we call "the wonder drug." Why do we call it that? Well, apparently it's just good for what-ails-ya. Instead of treating nausea & vomiting after the fact, you take it to target that part of your brain that tells you that you are nauseated. Hmmmm. Scientists are so smart! Oh, and it's used for treating Schizophrenia too. See where the whole 'good for what-ails-ya' comes in? Nausea AND Schizophrenia!? It's a wonder drug! {Now, just think of all that we could do for mental health in this country if we could just convince the powers that be to slip this stuff into the water supply! Not only that, we could prevent nausea nation-wide. I'm a genius, I tell you---a genius!}

Any how.... Mom's doing well with her chemo so far. Her fingertips get cold & shocky...but not to fret: she's got some super-comfy-&-warm gloves. They happen to be cute too.

What else??? After chemo we went to the wig shop. I've got some pictures from yesterday to upload & share with you all soon.... After that, it was back to Mom's house. We had butter beans for dinner, and yummy chocolate cake. I climbed up into my mom's bed in the six o'clock hour, and was fast asleep during the eight o'clock hour. There is just something about being there, with her, under her roof...oh, it just makes me sleep better. Like I'm somehow aware of the fact that I'm in an environment where I don't have to BE the grown up. I'm the kid. I can just SLEEP. And so I did.

...until 4:30 this morning, when I woke up, afraid that I'd overslept! Mom lives 2 hours away from me, and I had to shower, drive home, & get ready for work....and then BE at work at noon today.
That's what I did....I had plenty of time.
Got up early...showered there...had a cup of coffee, and hit the road. 2 hours home in the freezy-rain. Not ideal, but necessary. I even had time to unload the dishwasher, reload & run the dishwasher, kind-of make the bed, sort the laundry & wash two loads of laundry---all before leaving the house to head to work. I'm pretty frickin' amazed at myself sometimes!

And so I'll close: a great time was NOT had by all. Though their were laughs...lots of laughs...and it was GREAT to be with my wasn't much fun for her.

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At 9:11 AM , Anonymous JessN said...

I was handling this post quite well...till you got to the part of being in your moms bed, then my eyes got all watery. I haven't been home in 9 months but I know what you mean, there's something about being at your mom's house that makes you feel so warm and safe. And I've always thought my mom's bed is more comfortable then my own bed!

At 2:15 PM , Blogger Kate said...

Ugh. What a day. I'm praying for you all.

At 4:18 PM , OpenID said...

Your Mamasita WILL get through this. She has a wonderful support system in you and your family. Thinking of you both and saying many prayers. {HUGS}

At 10:07 PM , Blogger Cheryl said...

So sorry to hear that your mom is going through this. It's wonderful that you are able to be there for her. I was thinking about the coldness thing...we get these little hand and foot warmers to put in our gloves and shoes in the winter. You can get them are most sporting good stores. Also, they have some that you can put on your back (kind of like the ones for sore muscles)...wonder if any of those would help. Another treat might be to throw some nice warm socks in the dryer before she puts them on or maybe even her robe. Just some thoughts....sending lots of prayers and good thoughts your way!

At 8:34 AM , Blogger kim-d said...

Oh Lainey. I sure wish your beautiful Mamasita didn't have to go through this...hate, hate, hate that blasted C. Even though it's not exactly the ideal Mom/Daughter day, I'm glad for both of you that you were there.

I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I could just go on and on and on about this...but I also just won't. As long as you know you're all being "cheered on" here in MN.

At 10:10 AM , Blogger Knock knock - it's cancer! said...

Oh man, this hit close to home. I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer myself (i'm 35) and I will be doing chemo as well.

Not looking forward to it at all I must say.


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