Taxotere every 2 weeks 10/17 - 01/19, 31 sessions
Things learned early-
-GET A PORT. After a massive fail to find a decent vein at session 2, I insisted. And we are still using it in my experimental stuff today.
-If he likes the rifle range or hunting, be sure they put it on the opposite side of his dominant shooting side.
-Depending on how they mix the taxotere bag, there could be massive amounts of alcohol pumped straight into his heart. Mine was at least 200ml of 100%, sometimes more. Near intoxicated real fast. No driving one's self home in that condition.
-Get or make a little spacer pad for the car seatbelt to hold the belt away from the port.
-They will offer Grandisetron ? (general name is Kytril) for anti nausea. Accept it.
- They will likely offer at least one, and maybe a chaser, bag of saline. Take it. Helps flush out the alcohol and cuts down on the rough nights.
Make friends with the techs. A happy tech leaves you wondering if they even accessed the port. A grouchy one will ruin the day.
Take in some sweet or snack for the crew and your chair mates
I found that munching on a traditional Chex mix and a big cup of cranapple juice helped keep down the nausea.
Accept the pillow and blanket - as the fluids get in his system, he may (I did) get bone-chilled cold.
Most of my hair fell out. Everywhere.
My finger and toe nails fell out. The fingernails are back. Because the toenails are so messy I sleep with socks to keep from shredding the sheets at night. Did the same for the fingernails early on.
I didn't lose my appetite until Jevtana. But I did lose my tastes. Go to a camping suppy store like Academy and get a set of heavy plastic eating utensils. Some meals made me sick from the taste of the metals.
Get a bottle of lemon juice. Sometimes that will awaken an otherwise bland meal.
Getting home, I went to the couch, and put it a few hours napping. The next day was iffy, sometimes brutal nausea (they will give you Zofran / generic for that, use it), but by day 3 I was functional.
Day 1, no driving, day 2 iffy
Day 1 will be up a lot, as they pump a lot of fluids that will be passed.
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