First chemo – live blog!

We are here at the PNWCC at NW Hospital. The cyborg has been plugged in, taking on saline and STEROIDS! Hell yeah!

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Pre-treatment drugs

1 liter of saline + magnesium and potassium
Hydration and flushing kidneys while replacing electrolytes
2 hours, pushed alongside all treatments

Step 1
Dexamethasone (aka Decadeon) – steroid
Granisetron (aka Kytril) – anti-nausea
Time pushed = approx 20 min

Step 2
Fosaprepitant (aka Emend) – anti-nausea (effects last 3 days)
Time pushed = approx 30 min

Actual chemo drugs

Step 3
Cisplatin – chemo
Furosemide (aka Lasix) – diuretic
Time pushed = 1-2 hours

Step 4
VP-16 (aka Etoposide) – chemo
Time pushed = 1 hour

No cell phone service here, as we are in the basement/ground level of the building. But the Google+ app allows for messaging, so we chatted with some friends for a little bit when things got rolling.
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The view from Chris’ chair
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The view from my chair
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Where they mix the drugs
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The drug tree pumping life saving poisons (I almost typo’d “life saving poissons”, but iPad doesn’t recognize the veracity of life-giving French seafood)
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1:20pm
We are both sleepy and bored a bit. Been here since 9:30am. Lalala…

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Up close and personal with cisplatin. We are particularly amused by the expiration date…
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