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chemo 2.3.2: paying attention

Posted Aug 28 2009 8:14pm

Good blood counts, again, so  I reported for chemo duty today. It was an official holiday for UCI staff, so most offices were closed. It was evident in driving up to Chao as the usual backup of cars at the valet was absent. The infusion center was open, though, and very busy as always.

Chemo nurse Kathy took care of me today. She’s very sweet as are all of the chemo staff. Karen is someone I knew from the last time I went through this in 2004. They are always smiling even though they take care of a lot of patients and running back and forth. When they come to your room, they are completely attentive to you and to what they are doing. One thing they do is always verify the chemo meds with another chemo nurse; they read the verification for the patient and then verify the chemo drug and dosage. I pay attention: Abraxane® 145 mg and Carboplatin® 200 mg.

I also pay attention to the way they access my PowerPort®. When I recently went to the ER, the nurse had a little trouble connecting to the PowerPort and asked me if I knew what gauge needle they use; I didn’t know the gauge. They showed me the options, though, and I knew that the one they use every time has yellow wings (my term). When they insert the needle, they tell me to take a deep breath. They use a quick and firm movement to insert the needle. They check it by observing a back flow of blood. After that, they flush the port with heparin, to which I am not sensitive, a question that arose and that seemed important at the ER.

I have stopped taking the Ativan® (lorazepam) as the Zofran® and Decadron® sufficiently calm down both the physical and other side effects. I’m usually falling asleep at some point during the infusion, and I remain groggy long afterward. The nurses say some people feel the Decadron® gives them an increase in energy. I completely chill out.

Marvin got me a scarf with black and pink print and took me for a manicure and pedicure afterward. I am getting into pink, a color I have long avoided since my love affair with black. Somehow, going through all of this makes me feel the need to wear more color, and particularly, pink. Marvin got me a pink mesh fedora for summer from Hot Stuff, our friend’s shop here in Long Beach. Got to return to get the lavender hat and another cool conductor’s cap. I love hats, but most of those I wear when I have hair are too big now with my baldness. Hehe, that gives me a good reason to buy more hats. Still prefer wearing hats or going bald to wearing wigs.

Mostly, between Marvin’s attention and my own attitude: I feel like a diva.

5 6 7 8

Good blood counts, again, so  I reported for chemo duty today. It was an official holiday for UCI staff, so most offices were closed. It was evident in driving up to Chao as the usual backup of cars at the valet was absent. The infusion center was open, though, and very busy as always.

Chemo nurse Kathy took care of me today. She’s very sweet as are all of the chemo staff. Karen is someone I knew from the last time I went through this in 2004. They are always smiling even though they take care of a lot of patients and running back and forth. When they come to your room, they are completely attentive to you and to what they are doing. One thing they do is always verify the chemo meds with another chemo nurse; they read the verification for the patient and then verify the chemo drug and dosage. I pay attention: Abraxane® 145 mg and Carboplatin® 200 mg.

I also pay attention to the way they access my PowerPort®. When I recently went to the ER, the nurse had a little trouble connecting to the PowerPort and asked me if I knew what gauge needle they use; I didn’t know the gauge. They showed me the options, though, and I knew that the one they use every time has yellow wings (my term). When they insert the needle, they tell me to take a deep breath. They use a quick and firm movement to insert the needle. They check it by observing a back flow of blood. After that, they flush the port with heparin, to which I am not sensitive, a question that arose and that seemed important at the ER.

I have stopped taking the Ativan® (lorazepam) as the Zofran® and Decadron® sufficiently calm down both the physical and other side effects. I’m usually falling asleep at some point during the infusion, and I remain groggy long afterward. The nurses say some people feel the Decadron® gives them an increase in energy. I completely chill out.

Marvin got me a scarf with black and pink print and took me for a manicure and pedicure afterward. I am getting into pink, a color I have long avoided since my love affair with black. Somehow, going through all of this makes me feel the need to wear more color, and particularly, pink. Marvin got me a pink mesh fedora for summer from Hot Stuff, our friend’s shop here in Long Beach. Got to return to get the lavender hat and another cool conductor’s cap. I love hats, but most of those I wear when I have hair are too big now with my baldness. Hehe, that gives me a good reason to buy more hats. Still prefer wearing hats or going bald to wearing wigs.

Mostly, between Marvin’s attention and my own attitude: I feel like a diva.

5 6 7 8

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