May 05, 2012 - 8:55 pm
Two long days again. They gave me emend IV for nausea the first day with my Cisplatin. While I was getting my post hydration, I got very nauseated and had dry heaves. Compazine usually works for me, but there is a shortage of IV compazine, so it was not available. Zofran does not work for me, so they gave me IV Ativan. It stopped the dry heaves, but not the nausea. So I went home and took a compazine pill and slept for a couple of hous and the nausea went away.
Day two I got Aloxi for nausea with the Taxol. Day two was uneventful. However tonight I am nauseated and had to take compazine. I put my patch on tonight and will leave it on for seven days. They did give me a prescription for Ativan pills if I need them for nausea. I know others have talked about how they had used Ativan.
Next time they will give me the Aloxi on day one and Emend on day two. That's what they did last treatment, and I had no nausea.
My blood work continues to look good. The doctor did not order a CA 125 though. I told him I would to know what it was. Knowing it is going down is encouragement for me to keep taking the chemo. My CA 125 dropped from 365 to 148. I will probably need two more treatments. Considering my CA 125 was 3200 before I started chemo the drugs are still responding very good.
This doctor is talking about using Avastin for maintenance to make the time between the stronger chemo longer. I am not sure I want to do that. It does not seem like a break if I am taking more drugs. Anyone have thoughts on it. He also talked about hormone therapy. I told him I took Arimidex and it did not do anything. He said there were other things to try.
I still have swelling of my eyelids. He thought it might be from the steroids, or from allergies. He said if it did not bother me or effect my vision he would just ignore it for now.
I asked his thoughts about the blood thinner shots when I stop chemo. He said it is really unclear whether the chemo or the cancer is causing the clots. He said if I worried about having a stroke then continuing the shots would be best. But even with the shots there is no guarantee I won't have a stroke. But he said if I was comfortable with taking the pills they I should switch to the pills. I do worry about a stroke, so I guess I will continue with the slots every day.
There were so many people this week much sicker from the chemo than I am. I am thankful I am tolerating the chemo as well as I am.
Hope you are all having a good weekend. I was able to work in the gardens this week. I can only work about an hour and then I take a break, and then work for another hour. Things are getting in shape. In peace and caring.