Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Chemotherapy Finished

Yesterday afternoon Julia had her first chemotherapy treatment. The scariest part was just the fact that her port in her chest had never been accessed. She had cream on it to numb the area and so it didn't hurt to put the needle in. She got a little flushed when nurse Tom put in the needle, but otherwise didn't even flinch. She even helped push some of the saline flushes into the port herself. Afterward she was in good spirits and the staff said she did a crazy-good job for her first time.

It's unfortunate that she has a hell of a time taking medicine orally. She does so good on the strong chemicals pumped directly into her chest, but then gets so scared and upset about taking an antibiotic to prevent illness. I don't blame her, I'm sure it tastes horrible, but like I said, it's unfortunate.

The only possible side effect of the chemo we've seen so far is that her legs hurt pretty bad this morning. How she described it afterward we think it may have been muscle cramps. She's on anti-nausea medication too, so we're not sure if that would be an issue yet or not.


Anonymous said...

FYI - Zofran (generic odansetron, an anti-nausea drug) is available as a rapid-dissolve, tasteless tongue strip and works very quickly. Maybe Julia would be more amenable to trying that as opposed to the other oral forms. She is such a trooper!

Best wishes to all as you continue on the journey to wellness :).


Jess said...

I 2nd the orally disolving Zofran I was on it through Cecilia's pregnancy and it was the only way the anti-nausea meds worked for me.Dehydration is a nasty cycle that I hope she doesn't get sucked into.