My second observation is the most vital in my opinion. Chemotherapy is bad and makes you sick. But not all symptoms are just "chemo"! Have an excellent cardiologist before you start (hard to find but look they ARE out there) and Primary Care doctor. Because of my lack of knowledge, my mama went 11 weeks without more than a sip of water to take her meds when they would stay down. I am a certified pharmacy technician by trade not practicing due to a car accident and 3 back surgeries with another one pending. I say that to explain the knowledge aspect. I repeatedly asked for other forms of anti-nausea medications; she was given Zofran and Phenergan the leading edge I was told which boggled my mind as that was leading edge in 2008. After 11 weeks and 3 hospital stays after each chemo treatment, we were told about compazine by a nurse. Compazine, of course, I knew about that; it is an older drug but why didn't I ask for her to try it? Knocked the nausea down by 85% given with Zofran. Then in ICU a nurse suggested Marinol, a synthetic form of the part of the marijuana plant that works for chemo patients, and the cardiologist (he saved my mama's life at least 4 times from chemo related drops in things needed to live and the malnourishment....absolutely love him and he is a genius!) said go for it as it should have been in the oncologist's realm not his. Nausea gone completely in ONE day! Don't settle and watch them suffer. Fight and ask questions and pray for these answers. She had to skip her last 2 treatments and had her surgery on August 14, 2014. The pathology report came back with excellent margins and no lymph nodes involved. She is my hero!! She fought when I would have said no, enough. She fought for us!
A sad note to this blog today. A good, long time friend of my husbands and myself passed from a massive heart attack caused by chemo. Tom, you will be missed for your jokes, laughter, and Christmas lights:) We will miss you terribly but I know you are with Dave in heaven and ya'll are probably acting up! Much love to you and to your precious family always! You will live on in our hearts and minds just as Dave has for the past 10 years never to be forgotten!
Just so you know, this blog is not all about cancer and sadness, I promise! I hope there will be laughter, a little learning, some crafting, and lots of cool pics my son and daughter have taken! I just had to get that info out there before I could move on to other things. I will share some more of our journey with you as mother and daughter but it is mostly sweet, funny moments during very serious times. So don't write me off as a downer! Because Yes, I am a Pirate! and my inner hippie wants to come out and play!