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chemo 2.4.2

Posted Aug 28 2009 8:08pm

All went well today, though the day seemed very long, and after chemo I was very tipsy for most of the day.

IMG_0427 No blood test today, so as soon as I got my room, we did the usual: Jessica came to take my stats, and all were good. Then, my chemo nurse today, Claudia, set me up with the pre-chemo cocktail: , Decadron®, saline (which I normally don’t mention) and Zofran®. Again, we left out the Ativan®. After the Decadron drip is done, Claudia returns with the big guns, Abraxane® 145 mg and Carboplatin® 200 mg. As always, she and another chemo nurse perform the required verification process. Claudia set up my infusions with the Abraxane first, and Marvin brought me my favorite breakfast veggie burrito and another beautiful scarf: white and lavender with peach flowers; he also got me a cool lip balm (Thai Traveler) from Twist and Pout.

Thinking a walk might sober me up, we walked to the new hospital. UC Irvine opened the new UC Irvine Douglas Hospital earlier this year, and I had not been over there at all. The closest I had been was when I had my surgery 1/30/09: my room was only feet away from the bridge leading to the new hospital. I could look through the window at the outside of the new hospital.

Anyway, we walked around the lobby, got some chocolate in the gift shop, sat and watched people come and go. I found the site’s Web page has a virtual tour, so I will do that tomorrow from my computer. I always like to know about places that I might visit in the future :).

I also learned today that UCI’s cancer center, Chao, has again been designated a national cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. I like knowing that and feeling the comfort of having a cancer team who is on the cutting edge of treating patients like me. If you haven’t visited the NCI site, it would be worth a few minutes to check it out. It has lots of useful information in a friendly format, including an excellent search tool for clinical trials.

All went well today, though the day seemed very long, and after chemo I was very tipsy for most of the day.

IMG_0427 No blood test today, so as soon as I got my room, we did the usual: Jessica came to take my stats, and all were good. Then, my chemo nurse today, Claudia, set me up with the pre-chemo cocktail: , Decadron®, saline (which I normally don’t mention) and Zofran®. Again, we left out the Ativan®. After the Decadron drip is done, Claudia returns with the big guns, Abraxane® 145 mg and Carboplatin® 200 mg. As always, she and another chemo nurse perform the required verification process. Claudia set up my infusions with the Abraxane first, and Marvin brought me my favorite breakfast veggie burrito and another beautiful scarf: white and lavender with peach flowers; he also got me a cool lip balm (Thai Traveler) from Twist and Pout.

Thinking a walk might sober me up, we walked to the new hospital. UC Irvine opened the new UC Irvine Douglas Hospital earlier this year, and I had not been over there at all. The closest I had been was when I had my surgery 1/30/09: my room was only feet away from the bridge leading to the new hospital. I could look through the window at the outside of the new hospital.

Anyway, we walked around the lobby, got some chocolate in the gift shop, sat and watched people come and go. I found the site’s Web page has a virtual tour, so I will do that tomorrow from my computer. I always like to know about places that I might visit in the future :).

I also learned today that UCI’s cancer center, Chao, has again been designated a national cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. I like knowing that and feeling the comfort of having a cancer team who is on the cutting edge of treating patients like me. If you haven’t visited the NCI site, it would be worth a few minutes to check it out. It has lots of useful information in a friendly format, including an excellent search tool for clinical trials.

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