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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chemo 4: Done.

Why, yes, it is in poor taste.
But, whatever.
Got your attention, didn't it???


Mom update:
Chemo 4 was increased from the 30% strength that she got in Chemo 3.
Chemo 4 was not quite the breeze that Chemo 3 was.

Remember when she had Chemo 1 & 2?
Remember when they knocked her down, made her sooooo sick & damn near killed her? Well, that's the genetic marker hypersensitivity to the 5-Fu thing. So, they titrated it down to 30%, and now they are slowly increasing it to get it into a therapeutic range. How do they know if it's in the right range? Well, these super-expensive blood tests that are mailed to Salt Lake City with the geneticists looking at them.

Speaking of therapeutic ranges....Mom's been on coumadin (blood thinner) to keep her blood from getting too thick & clotting. Well, even when the dose was doubled, she wasn't staying in therapeutic range. Dr.W even had Mom take her actual Rx coumadin PILLS to the pharmacist to make absolutely certain that they were coumadin and not some random fluke mistake that she was taking something else. Yes, she's been taking coumadin...and now, she's getting Lovenox injections at home too, administered by PawPaw. What troopers!!!!
Doin' what they can to keep the blood clots at bay.

Mom's current worst fear: she'll accidentally cut herself shaving & bleed to death from a teeny-tiny-little cut in the shower, and she'll be found down, in the shower, pale & naked.
I say: valid fear. Give up shaving, opening envelopes, handling knifes, or paper for that matter, avoid dart boards, ill-fitting shoes, thumb-tacks... Stay home. Eat only with a spoon. Pad the walls. Stay in bed.
I'm just sayin'....

In other good news: My mamasita, the Scarf Style Icon that she is, has been asked, along with Dammit Arlene, to teach others about the scarf styling & what not through the cancer center there where she lives.
How cool & flattering is that!???

She's also considering walking in their town's Relay for Life, but unfortunately, it will be on a post-chemo weekend, so I am not sure it's going to work out for her this year.
We'll just have to see what we can do about that...

That's my Mamasita Update.
4 Down.
We're 1/3 of the way there.

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At 6:36 PM , Blogger Judy said...

Your mom is awesome. What a trooper. Thinkin' and prayin' for her every day.

At 8:02 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

I'm glad to hear your Mom's staying strong. We love her and think of her all the time. I always make sure I give her a quick wink in the car on the way to work on Wednesdays. Tell her how much I love and miss her!

At 7:14 AM , Blogger TwinsanityMom - Janet said...

What a strong woman!! I know she is going to kick cancers ass!! :)

At 11:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. a 1/3 of the way there! That's huge! I hope she continues to keep her spirit up. She really is an awesome lady! Loves of love to you both! :)

At 4:12 PM , Anonymous JessN said...

Do you know what my favorite part of reading your blog is? It's the fact that you type the way you speak and when I'm reading I can picture you talking and making hand motions the only way you can! I love it!!!!
ok- all kidding aside: Tell Darnin we are keeping her in our prayers :)

At 4:25 PM , Blogger Kate said...

All the best to your mama and you. It sounds like the cancer just really doesn't have a chance with your mama fighting it!

At 2:35 AM , Blogger Papa Bradstein said...

Glad to hear she's working so hard, and has such great support. Seems that's one of the most important elements in fighting cancer. Even if she can't walk this year, perhaps she'll inspire someone to walk.

At 2:42 PM , Blogger Rikki said...

That is one ugly butt!


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