Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Chemo is Half-way Over!!!
Tuesday afternoon, Morgan's G'ma Irene and I took her to her 3rd round of chemotherapy. In preparation for the hypersensitivity reaction she has experienced before, we more than doubled the amount of dexamethazone (steroids) during the 12 hours prior to her appointment (10 pills rather than 4). The steroid is to suppress her immune system and keep it from fighting the poison. Apparently it worked fairly well. She did have a minor reaction but it took longer to begin from the start of the Taxotere...7 min. vs the 3 and 5 minutes the last two times. Also, I happened to pull a "Shirley MacClaine" and "demanded" that the oxygen be on her face before the medicine goes in. It worked! Morgan even said that if the oxygen hadn't been on, she wouldn't have been able to breathe. Score 1 for mom! It took only 12 minutes for her to flush it clear through and start the medicine again, so it really was a much more mild reaction than the previous two times. She started the day much more tired than usual and the first bag of Benadryl made her even more tired and a little dizzy. There is a definite difference in the girl she is today vs the girl she was after the first chemo. She is much more tired and feels like part of her is missing. She is now officially 1/2 way through the chemotherapy treatments!!! YAY!!!!!