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AggieJ
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Joined: May 2012

Hello everyone.  Ladies I need your advice.  I take care of my mom fulltime.  83yr old on Taxol/avastin.  Taxol/avastin week 1 and 3 Taxol week2 off week 4.  Cr125 was at 300 after first round down to 132.  Mom is always tired to start with and I can understand all she has been through and all she is going through.  I just don't know how much sleep or just laying down and resting she should do versus getting her up and try to motivate her.  She goes to sleep between 10pm and 11pm gets up at 8am or 9am.  Breakfeast and right back to sleeping and resting in bed till about 3pm then up till 10 or 11.  After round 2 week1 she seems to have lost all the energy she did have which wasn't much.  What do you think girls please let me know.

Very worried

Dave 

mopar
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Joined: Apr 2003

So sorry to hear your dear Mother is going through this.  As you know, chemotherapy takes a toll on a person's body, even in the best of circumstances.  Given your Mom's age, I would expect that she would be expceptionally tired.  I would just make sure they are testing her blood levels, and asking if Procrit or other blood booster would help her.  As for the enormous amount of rest she's been getting, I would say it's whatever her body requires.  But in her waking hours, I would encourage walking or whatever she can handle to keep the blood moving and to help her lymphatic system.  Nutritional support is also extremely important.  Focus on lean protein (protein shakes if necessary), fluids and whatever nutritious food she can handle.  

My best to you and your Mom.  Sending prayers to you both for strength and encouragement!

Monika

mopar
Posts: 1954
Joined: Apr 2003

So sorry to hear your dear Mother is going through this.  As you know, chemotherapy takes a toll on a person's body, even in the best of circumstances.  Given your Mom's age, I would expect that she would be expceptionally tired.  I would just make sure they are testing her blood levels, and asking if Procrit or other blood booster would help her.  As for the enormous amount of rest she's been getting, I would say it's whatever her body requires.  But in her waking hours, I would encourage walking or whatever she can handle to keep the blood moving and to help her lymphatic system.  Nutritional support is also extremely important.  Focus on lean protein (protein shakes if necessary), fluids and whatever nutritious food she can handle.  

My best to you and your Mom.  Sending prayers to you both for strength and encouragement!

Monika

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wholfmeister
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Joined: Dec 2012

It must be very difficult as a caregiver to try to find a balance for your mom.  I have a 92 year old mother, and while she does not have cancer, her energy needs are quite hard to judge.  My concern for your mother would be that the long periods of sleep (or inactivity or rest) might impede efforts to keep her well hydrated (very important with chemo), well nurished (very important for healing) and circulation moving.  In nursing school...several decades ago!...we learned about the hazards of immobility affecting every system of the body, including cognitive functioning.  I would suggest gently trying to get your mom up at least every 2 hours during the day, to walk around the house (or in the yard!), get something good to drink, have a little snack and a bit of conversation.  I think this would help avoid more complications in the long run.

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lovesanimals
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Your mom is so lucky that she has you to take care of her.  Like the other ladies, I would encourage your mom to get a little exercise each day.  Nothing strenuous of course but a gentle walk should do wonders for getting the blood circulating and keeping the "juices flowing".  One of my big problems during chemo was constipation but walking helped to keep the intestines on track.  Gentle exercise may help to stimulate your mom's appetite too.

Sending prayers and good wishes to you both.

Kelly

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Glad to be done
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Joined: Jul 2012

I too admire what you are doing for your mom.  Exercise is very important while in chemo.....  Make sure to keep an eye on her blood work results and make sure everything is in the normal range and if not they are doing something about it.  I found when I had low magnesium I was achey and fatigued.  They had me on magnesium pills and it took FORE VER to get it back up.  It wasn't until I joined here I realized that I could have gotten thru IV during treatments.   Make sure your mon is drinking enough fluids.  My oncologist told me  80 ounces per day....

 

 

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