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Unread 06-22-2001, 07:59 PM
chemo day #1

And a long day it was! I had to be at the cancer center by 7:30 am to have
an infusaport inserted in my chest under conscious sedation. That went off
without a hitch. Then a quick snack and off to the chemo infusion area.
I was given four drugs pre chemo: zofran, kiryl(sp), decadron and benadryl.
Then the taxol infusion began. Six minutes into that infusion, I had the most
scary reaction. Chest tighted, difficulty breathing, little circles before my
eyes. My nurse, who was sitting with me, as this infusion began, immediately
turned it off, started oxygen, called my doctor over, and gave me more
Decadron. The sensation passed quickly. I figured i was allergic and that
would be the end of that med. My doctor quickly informed me it was such an
effective med, that there were two other ways we we try to get it in me.
Their hope was that I had desensitized myself to it with that reaction. It was
off for half an hour and then restarted slowly. Sure enough, no trouble this
time. It ran over six hours!!!! I finished the day with carboplatin. Here I am
tonight, feeling pretty well, and glad today is over. The battle has begun
and I plan on being the victor.

Karen STage III ovarian cancer
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Unread 06-22-2001, 09:55 PM
chemo day #1

Oh Karen. , you have such a good positive attitude and that help get you through this. You are right ... you will be the victor I havent had chemo but I am here to support you through this journey, right to the other side, cancer free. Much, much love
Unread 06-23-2001, 04:37 AM
chemo day #1

's Karen!!

So sorry your first day was such a tramatic one. Hopefully the rest will go smoothly.

They do watch us very carefully with the chemo for exactly the type of reaction you had. I remember my first day, and the nuse was sitting beside me and every 5 minutes she was saying..." are you feeling ok?".....any breathing problems?".... She had me scared to I didn't know what they were waiting for.

But its good that they are so attentive to us while having that. I am so happy you do not have any nausea . Thats a good sign that you may not have any at all, which surely helps get through it.

Keep us posted. We are here for ya!!!
M. xoxo
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Unread 06-23-2001, 07:25 AM
chemo day #1

So sorry that you had such a bad start, but I am thankful to hear that your nurse was experienced enough to act quickly. It is good that you are feeling well now, and your attitude is a big plus! You are a victor have begun treatment and will make it all the way through to tell others how you are cancer free!! God bless!! You are not alone...we are all here and care!!
Unread 06-23-2001, 08:22 AM
chemo day #1


I'm so sorry your first treatment was rough. Thank goodness they keep such a close eye on you. Chemo nurses are a very special breed of people. I had numerous over the 8 months I had chemo and they were all wonderful!

Now your countdown has truly begun! One down and only 5 more to go! You're well on your way to a cancer-free life!

You absolutely have the right attitude about this! You WILL be the victor, I just know it!

Please keep us posted on how you're doing. We're all here for you anytime you need.


Unread 06-23-2001, 08:37 AM
chemo day #1


You can do it! It just shows that you're in good hands with people who know what they are doing that they could so quickly adjust it so it would be ok.

To the victor belongs the spoils---so spoil yourself! Pamper the princess!

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