December 29, 2005
Well, here we are, 3/4 of the way through this adventure. The last two weeks have been some what of a roller coaster ride, good days and bad. I had two sick days which were not drug related, just stupidity on my part. I was treated to a birthday supper at a new China Buffet in town and pigged out on fried shrimp, sick as a dog the next day. Then on Christmas night at the hospital they fed 2nd shift, so when I got there I was told to hurry to the cafeteria as they were putting up the food. I got a carry out of 2 pieces of chicken, a porkchop with mushroom gravy and green beans. I thought this would really hit the spot at 2 or 3 in the morning. You can guess with the food that had been sitting out for awhile and now another 3-4 hours. Yes, it made me sick again. Other than that, just the same old reactions of cold finger tips and extensive breaking out on my head. To clarify, these are not pimples, but a dry crusty stuff that eventually I just scrap off. Still better than losing my hair!! This may be boring to some, but of interest to someone. I have never listed the drugs by name and thought maybe I should, so here they are as administered. First, folinic acid (Leucovorin). Next, the experimental drug Panitumumab (what a name) to be treated with the next drug bevacizumab (Avastin). My favorite, the cold sensitive drug oxaliplatin (Eloxatin) and finally the 46 hour, carry the infusion pump, fluorouracil or 5-FU. I guess one could see that all that stuff would either help or make you sick. I've stopped taking my anti-nausea pills after treatment as it seems my body is accepting all that junk. I still have the bottle of $30 per pill. What a waste if I never have to use them. Guess that's about it for now. Seems like old times at GE. I worked Christmas eve and Christmas night and will work New Years Eve and New Years night. Surprisingly (sp), the emergency room at the hospital had fairly busy nights. HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone.