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Unread 06-03-2003, 08:26 PM
yucky 1st chemo, see what you mean, Maureen

Hi ladies. I just need to vent a little after round #1 of Carbo/Taxol.
All I can say is: NO WONDER THEY ONLY GAVE TAXOL IN THE ICU AT FIRST. 1.9 ccs went in and my chest was tight, short of breath, lips and tongue swelled, aggitated, itchy. I couldn't wait for the second doses of Benadryl and Decadron to kick in. I kept asking Gina, my nurse, are they in yet, are they in? She was fantastic and of course, had warned me about the side effects. Never left my side. The meds worked fine and the most wonderful feeling came when they started to kick in. How scary. This better work.
Now, my forearms are sore and tight. Muscle pain to come? Hmmm....
Hope Karen's son is ok.
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Unread 06-03-2003, 09:29 PM
yucky 1st chemo, see what you mean, Maureen

Well, I'm here to say that misery does not like company!

I'm so sorry you had that reaction, too. It is frightening, isn't it? What happened then? Were the drs able to re-challenge you? They kept me in hospital overnight and my dr hit me up with steroids every 6 hours and then at 8 a.m. the next day, gave me the pre-meds again and then started the Taxol on a really slow drip. Took forever but it worked.

I'll tell you this, too. After the chemo, I kept having to figure out whether the physical aches and pains were "real" side effects of chemo or just the manifestation of all the stress. I had a little of both.

You had a hard day today, Mary. Treat yourself to something nice.
Unread 06-03-2003, 10:13 PM
yucky 1st chemo, see what you mean, Maureen

((Mary P)), I'm sorry you had a bad reaction. It must have been horrible. Take good care of you.

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Unread 06-03-2003, 11:28 PM
what happened after

Forgot to mention, Maureen, they restarted the Taxol and it went fine. The chemo infusion room is in a medical building a few doors down from my gyn/onc. (which is handy). They reported the reaction, restarted after symptoms resolved (at a lower rate,) and I was able to continue. My nurse said it usually does not happen the second time. Whew!! No problems with Carbo. But strangely, a few hours ago, broke out in hives (no respiratory problems), and took Benadryl for some relief. I'll have to call the doc in the am. Take care and looking forward to a treat.
Unread 06-04-2003, 07:13 AM
yucky 1st chemo, see what you mean, Maureen

That's great! I'm so happy for you! It took me a few days to "shake" everything off but now I feel like my old self again...

Here's to no surprises for "Round 2" for both of us!
Unread 06-04-2003, 02:41 PM
yucky 1st chemo, see what you mean, Maureen

Hi Mary...

Welcome to the taxol reaction club. I had the exact same reaction and I can remember like it was yesterday. Actually it was a year ago...

All I can say is that it does not happen again.

Unfortunately the aches are going to come around day 2 and 3 after the chemo.

I would have my chemo on a Thursday, be fine and go to work on Friday, be all achy and yucky on Saturday and Sunday, and then fine for work on Monday.

Hang in there... IT does get better.

Unread 06-04-2003, 04:29 PM
yucky 1st chemo, see what you mean, Maureen

Just sent you a huge PM that I hope is helpful. :-)

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