The staff at the UCIMC infusion center always have something new to teach me. Today, it was a lesson on preventing nausea instead of treating it after it occurs. Sounds like both a logical and a good idea. They sent me away with instructions on alternating Zofran® with Compazine® in order to allay the nausea from happening. My current method has not been working so well, and that is what brought up the subject. I’m getting it that trying to swallow a pill when you are already retching is less successful than preventing it in the first place. I am going to follow these new instructions.
Last time I went to the infusion, following the ordeal with Doxil, I was nervous enough to push my blood pressure up. Today, it was back to normal, and I even had a normal temperature. The infusion center was quiet today with less of the commotion than we normally witness when I go for treatment. Linda did my blood work for the required labs and then assigned me to a room where I would wait for lab results and then get treatment. I also saw my physician’s assistant, who is the one who advised me about the nausea treatment. My lab results came back good and showed the Neupogen® effect on my white blood cell count; anemia has been with me since I got mets, so those readings were fairly typical though a little low. That is another explanation for the fatigue and weakness, which I always forget. The first time I noticed it, I could barely walk up two or three stairs. Before that I did not realize how much of an effect anemia can have on one’s overall energy. Naturally, if your blood is failing to supply the required oxygen to your heart and lungs, you simply do not have the breath to power yourself through certain movements.
Because my white blood cell count was about double the norm because of the Neupogen, I will forego the shots this week. I am happy for that news as it means the side effects for that drug, lots of bone pain, will also be stalled.
After chemo today we drove by the marina so I could get some fresh air. I happened to see a seal playing in the water, which was rather fun as they are so cute to watch. It was rolling back and forth and diving and coming back over the top of the surface. Although I caught a photo, it was really only a glimpse of the seal. I will just keep the memory.5 6 7 8 © 2004–12 Donna Peach. All rights reserved.