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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-18 04:46
Subject: [cancer] Chemo session three, day one
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
Thursday night I took the new drug regimen of Zyprexa plus Lorazepam. This was because while I'd been on Zyprexa for nausea control during session two, the medication succeeded but had the side effects of making me irritable as well as a strange combination of very drowsy and quite sleepless. Apparently the two together are a double whammy on sleep. I slept twenty hours between 9 pm Thursday night and 4 am this morning, and drowsed or dozed much of the time I was awake. Freaky and frustrating, to say the least, but it seems to have gotten me over the worst of the chemo hump, including very minimal nausea.

Frankly, I feel better this morning while on the pump than I maybe ever had. My mental acuity and fine motor control are off, judging by the high rate of typos while blogging this morning, but that's part of chemo.

One of the low points yesterday was a borderline crankygram from someone who really should have known better. Hey, people, while I'm on chemo, really, is not the time to initiate or resume discussions your issues with me. For that matter, neither is it time to initiate or resume discussions of good stuff with me. I am not thinking straight.

Spending the weekend at my parents' house as none of my rota of primary caregivers was available for the last minute reschedule necessitated by the bump in my chemo schedule. I'll probably be back at Nuevo Ranch Lake on Sunday morning. There are recreational activities planned today that involve my head. Photos should be forthcoming. Meanwhile, I continue fuzzy and muzzy.

Be well.

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Renegade Vagabond
User: khaybee
Date: 2011-06-18 12:13 (UTC)
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I've never had great luck with anti-nausea drugs, and I remain convinced that when they do work it is because I am not conscious enough to be sick. Of course, there are times when that is nicer than the nausea.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-06-18 13:45 (UTC)
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The patch is the only reliable thing for me.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-06-18 13:50 (UTC)
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As I noted before, the DS was on a similar regime (minus the Zyprexa) when he was struggling with rate reactions to Remicade (infliximab). Developing the habit of sleeping during infusions has really helped him. Of course, at the time he was also taking Prednisone during the infusion. That was a real witches brew...premedicate with Prednisone the day before, during, and several days after, Ativan, Benadryl and Tylenol during. He had been on 6-mercaptopurine for part of that cycle, before studies showed it didn't help with Remicade performance (if it does what it does, it will) and could lead to lymphoma. Plus his liver couldn't tolerate a full dose of 6-mp.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-06-18 14:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>There are recreational activities planned today that involve my head.<<

How intriguing.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-06-18 14:55 (UTC)
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The 20 hours of sleep may have been freaky and frustrating, but if they got you through the worst of the chemo hump, then I count that to the good, especially given how much better you feel this morning. I know that you hate sleeping long, but it seems like it's the best thing for you right now.

Glad your folks could step in to take care of you. Like garyomaha, I'm curious about the activities that will involve your head. What about the rest of you?
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User: mlerules
Date: 2011-06-18 17:17 (UTC)
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So glad you're feeling best then ever on the pump this time around this morning. May the fuzzy 'n' muzzy abate and you regain energy for Locus Awards, &c.

Having a FAB weekend of music and soon, more fae!
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