Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mom's 1st Treatment

My Mom had her port put in last Thursday which went very well and her first treatment started on Monday. Each treatment consists of 2-3 hours in the doctor's office and then she has to have a pump for the next 48 hours. That means she went back to the office today to have the pump removed. As expected, she was anxious to learn more about everything on Monday and have the first treatment done so she knows what to expect. The main side effects with her protocol include tiredness, diarrhea, mouth sores, a sensitivity to cold and a feeling of numbness. Thankfully nausea isn't a major side effect although it can't be ruled out. As of this morning, Mom has experienced a few of the above. Monday night her right hand felt numb and while she was drinking a cold beverage the liquid felt like fire going down her throat just as the nurse had explained it might. This is a real bummer for my mom who loves cold drinks and munching on ice; however, she has said she would take that over vomiting any day (I know I would too). The next few days will be the real test because the doctor said most side effects appear after the medicine has been in the body a few days. So far, pretty good all things considered. As I have said before, she is a strong lady and I know she will get through this. Thank you for your prayers and support!

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