Sunday, June 1, 2008

Chemo Rest

Hurray! On Friday night Maura was disconnected from her chemo pump for at least two weeks. She had so many drugs put into her body this week--some via 24-hour pump that we brought home in a backpack each night, but most of them infused at the hospital Monday through Friday. Besides the two different chemo drugs, she was given drugs to counteract the side effects of the chemo, and more drugs to counteract the side effects of the drugs that counteract the side effects of the chemo (are you still with me?). We hope that the next round of chemo will start in the daytime because Maura did not sleep much this week because of certain drugs that kept her awake for several hours after our 11:pm or midnight return from the hospital each night.
So, for the next two weeks, she only has to go to the hospital three times a week for blood work and any additional treatment that the blood work might indicate she needs--not quite sure what that will be but I think it has something to do with low white or red blood cell counts and something in the blood called nutraphils (sp?). I'll look that up another day.

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