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kitten0385
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Hey everyone!!!

I'm getting chemo right now as I am typing this. I am receiving Taxotere and Irinotecan. Hopefully these will kick my cancer's a$$. :0) The taxotere has ran all the way through, waiting for the iv to finish flushing, then on to the Irinotecan. So far I'm not feeling much for side effects...with the next one I guess I have to watch for sweating and flushing. But, just thought I'd say hello from my lovely bed. :0) Hope everyone is doing well and hanging in there!!!!

Cathy

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

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mumphy
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Hey Kitten

I'm just doing alittle housework while Al is taking a nap. He started the ativan and I guess he still isn't used to it yet, also he was up a couple of times last night with diarrhea.

How often will you be getting chemo? Al is on the irnotecan we just call it cpt 11 it's easier. You should be almost if not done already. Are they giving you post hydration with it? If not I think you should be its supposed to help keep away the abdominal cramping.

I get to go to my nephews 30th birthday party on Sunday Can't wait, Its been awhile since
I've seen everyone and a couple of cold ones too

You know I'm pulling & praying for you.
Let us know how it goes.

Talk soon,
Kath

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kitten0385
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Hi,

I'm home from Mayo now!! They did not do post hydration, but I may have to mention it next time as I am having some abdominal cramps, nothing too bad though. and...other than that, I'm feeling pretty ok. Thanks for that tip!!! I hope you have a blast at the birthday party, sounds like fun!!!! Thanks for you note!!! Talk to you soon!!

Cathy

Oh, and I get chemo once every three weeks.

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Betty in Vegas
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If they don't then you have to do it for yourself. Also, did they give you something to stem nausea? Layne's zofran was a huge help during chemo.

Now is a good time to take up reading a long novel or making an afgan or something. Those long chemo visits are very boring :)

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kitten0385
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Hi Betty!!

Thanks for the advice!! They did have one saline bag run through me inbetween chemos, but I've also just been trying to drink a lot on my own. They've loaded me up with whatever I want/need for nausea. I have Emend, Compazine, Zofran, and they give me an injection during chemo for nausea as well...so I'm definitely doing ok so far in that department, just a few minor belly cramps here or there. I love reading, so that's usually what I partake in. I think I may go to lunch and a movie with my parents today before my counts drop too low to go out amongst a lot of people. You're right, those long visits can be very boring! We usually request a private room, they have nice tv's with what they call Video on Demand so we can choose from hundreds of movies to watch, so hubby and I usually just hang out and watch a film.

Talk to you soon!!!
Cathy

runabe
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It is a VERY STRONG Medicine It will cause hair loss like it did in Linda They will give you a steroid with it Linda went 5 rounds of Kemo Monday & Wednesday then the next week off Then all over again the following week What is you scedual??? After second treatment and steroids wore off slept most of the time do not worry about that STAY HYDRATED!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY IMPORTANT If you see you are dizzy or anything else go back to hospital for fluids Do not drive during kemo I was Lindas Kemo buddy stayed with her the whole time treadment from start to finish about 3 hrs

Abe

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kitten0385
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Abe, yes...I was told it is a strong drug, so far just a few belly cramps from it. I've been trying to drink a lot of fluid. Yes, I have to take steroids the day before, day of, and day after with the chemo I'm on...I'm also on taxotere. I'm not looking forward to the hair loss, but I have my wig sitting and waiting for me, I was suppose to lose it on my last go around of chemo but never did. I have already noticed that it makes me very tired, I took two naps yesterday and slept most of the night, until 9 this morning. When I go for chemo, my husband takes me, and if he's not able to one of my parents or in-laws do so I don't have to drive....the clinic I go to is 4 and a half hours away. Right now my treatment regimen is once every three weeks. You are so great to Linda, she is very lucky to have you!!!

Cathy

runabe
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Linda is thr GREATEST women i know Had a LOT of trouble readjusting after i got home from THE NAM Got into a REAL JAM Linda stood by me which the judge took into account and made it easy for me to readjust 10 years of therapy helped Als the children settled me down I remember on of my first partners was a very unassuming man We talked he also was a Marine like I was Fought in the Pasific Was telling me of a Kamazie raid He was a machine gunner was only worried the barrel of the gun would not melt If you looked at this man you would NEVER believe that he was a hero won a Gold Star for that He helped me a lot calmed me down when i needed it Worked with him for 4 yrs till he retired Cried when I herd he passed Had a good like passed at 90 yrs old We kept in touch all the years he was retired Sorry to bore you all with my memories

Abe

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kitten0385
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Your memories are not boring, Abe!! It is wonderful to hear about others' experiences.

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kitten0385
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Your memories are not boring, Abe!! It is wonderful to hear about others' experiences.

englishteri
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I like your quote. I coach a high school dance team and they made me a blanket that says "Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine". Your quote reminded me of that

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mumphy
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HI CATH,

HOW YOU DOING? We are still the same, Al is being taken care of in the hospital. I am resting at home. I asked if he wanted me to come in and he said no he didn't need anything and to see him tomarrow. I'm all about another day of rest considering I reall did rest yesterday. I didn't even go to the party!!! I was just to tired. I'm even staying in my P.js today I don't have to go any where or do anything.

GOD BLESS.
CHECK IN LATER
KATH

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kitten0385
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Hey!

I'm doing ok, I'm having a couch day though, having some yucky belly cramps. Mayo just called in some tylenol with codine for me to see if that'll help, as regular tylenol and ibuprofen aren't cutting it. If The tylenol with codine doesn't work I'll have to go to my local hospital for something stronger, as they can't prescribe narcotics to me from Mayo. I'm glad to hear you got some rest, you deserve it!!

Cathy

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JaneE2366
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Cathy,
I agree with Kathy...coke syrup can do wonders. I always keep it in the house.
Also, when you leave Mayo, won't they write you a script for something stronger just in case you need it?? Just a thought.....
Feel better.
Jane

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mumphy
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Hi Cath,

Sorry to hear about your tummy, hope the meds help. If they don't help see if your pharmacist has some good old coke syrup. Thats what my mom used on us when we had what she would have a bad belly. Some pharmacys still carry if & for some reason it works.

Al is still spiking temps on & off. He wont be able to come home until he doesn't hava a temp or 24 hours. He did sound better when I called after lunch.

It's a good thing I actually really do love a good thunder storm, I have ever since I can remember my sister thought that I was weird lol..Thats why I lover your quote so much.

Keep resting, I talk to you soon.
Kath

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JaneE2366
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Kathy,
Keeping Al in my prayers...hope he is feeling better and gets home soon.
Jane

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