Monday, June 26, 2006

Back to Chemo

We saw Dr. Chemo this morning and he cleared Venita to start Taxol, the recreational chemo. She starts Thursday, and will get infusions every two weeks. She will have training on Wednesday to find out what drugs she has to take with it and the possible side effects, but so far we've heard it's relatively easy and only causes muscle aches.

Venita's temp has only broken 100 degrees four times in the past week. She still has serious shortness of breath, but it is getting slightly better. And it seems her taste buds might be coming back some; she ate soup the last couple of days, a big step up from juice and jello. When asked, Dr. Chemo suggested Venita smoke marijuana. Although medical marijuana is not legal in Delaware, he said that "people manage" to get hold of it.

P.T. Cruiser called today to get details on Venita's failure to show up for therapy. (PT's been on a 2-week vacation and Venita thought moving from the chair to the bed was therapy.) PT released Venita from therapy and told her to show up with a new scrip once she started feeling up to it.

Dr. Boob put more saline in the expander implant last week. It's now up to 280 ccs (capacity is 450). So the end is drawing near on that process.

Thanks to all who have offered words and thoughts of encouragement during what has been a very difficult time.

BTW, Bailey's cremains came home last Thursday.


Alice said...

Use the marijuana.I hope someone gets you some soon. I wish I could mail you some.

Martha and Alley Cat said...

Thoughts about the marijuana.... Because you are newly smoke free - and the slip back is an easy one - I would suggest that you try to stay away from smoking it at this time. Speaking from experience and the quitting smoking is about as big as it gets - for a smoker.

Fairydragonfly said...

I hope things continue to improve. I cannot even imagine how difficult it must have been to get Bailey's cremains. I'm sure it opened healing wounds all over again.

Continue on your road to health. I'm always keeping you in my thoughts, even if I don't post all the time.

Sheree, Nemesis and Kiwi too

{Steve Rapaport} said...

There are other ways of getting the benefits of marijuana besides smoking it, and that don't remind you of cigarettes.

But hey, you'll be having so much fun with the "recreational" chemo that maybe you won't need to worry about it... :)

Keep getting better, Venita!