Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Toxic Drip # 1

Today was my first infusion experience with the new chemotherapy combination of Avastin and Carboplatin. It was definitely different from the Temodar experience.
  • It is delivered intravenously, so I didn't have to take it on an empty stomach or sit upright for 30 minutes afterward (this is both a pro and a con)
  • It was a four hour drip (con), but it seemed to go by quickly (pro)
  • It is delivered with a dose of anti-nausea and steroids (also, both a pro and con)
  • The nurses who work with me are very comfort-oriented. I was set up in a nice recliner with pillows and a little desk for my laptop so that I could do some work. (pro, even though I could only work offline). They had a TV, DVD player, blankets, snacks, and drinks, if we wanted them (we didn't, but it was nice to know that they were there, so definitely a pro)
  • My husband was able to come with me and stay with me the whole time (PRO)
  • I got to meet other patients and their spouses, and I think I made a friend (pro)
  • I got a flu shot and pneumonia shot (pro) because I will be more vulnerable to both (con)
  • It was easy to tolerate - so far (pro). I hope the tumor disagrees (which would be a super PRO).

Another new experience, and another new adventure. I joked with the nurse about having omitted "traffic" from the informed consent list of adverse events relating to the treatment. Overall, it wasn't as scary/gross/awful as I thought it could have been. I hope and pray that it stays tolerable for every part of me except the tumor.


Faith said...

Krista, I hope that you do very well on this, and that the tumor quails in fear and terror before it! You can't imagine how horrible I felt, asking you to come out to my event the same day you found out that the tumor was returning to show its ugly self once more. But so far we've raised $99 for the American Cancer Society. I told your story to some of my co-workers, who were very moved and donated more than they would have otherwise. So you're still doing your work, making an influence on total strangers, just like you have been doing since long before I knew you. One day you'll know how many lives you touched for good, and you will be amazed.

Anonymous said...

Krista, it was my blessing for the day to meet you at the "frat house". It is a small fraternity and I would pray it stays that way. You are an amazing person who left footprints on my heart. I pray for you and your precious little family. You have a wonderful heart and you are truly a blessing to all who meet you. God has used you mightly - I just don't believe that God is finished with you yet. You have a lot of lives still to touch. Susan

Proud Daughter of Eve said...

You're often in my thoughts and prayers.

Rachel said...

Krista - my prayers are with you. So glad this 1st treatment is done and I hope they continue to go well and your tumor is responsive to them. You have touched my life very deeply even though I have never met you in person. Thank you so much for your example of faith and courage. And thank you so much for creating the 2ofus4now website and chat group! It has seen me though some very difficult times. We all love you! God bless.

Mandi said...

You are so corageous, positive, and I admire you.

Anonymous said...

Krista, Jared
I Love You Guys. You are in our prayers out here.