Karen's High Dose Chemo Diary
Our second day in the Hospital
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Subject: Our second day in the Hospital
From: Harry Patterson <
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 22:13:12 -0500
Today started the HDC process. I arrived at 8:00AM to find Karen fairly well rested. They had given her Ativan, a sedative, the night before that had let her relax and get some sleep. We began by reviewing her inhaler that will allow her to take Fluticasone to ward off the effects of the BCNU that she will take Friday. She will have to use the inhaler twice a day for 6 months, without it she would run a much greater risk of burning her lungs as the BCNU is expelled through her lungs. The doctors also made their rounds with about 7 doctors (I assume at least 4 students) visited her to take her vitals and ask how she was doing.
Shortly before 10:00AM they began another round of Ativan and Compozine (an anti nausea drug) and then the Cysplatin (sp) that would be with her for the next 3 days. I'm not sure at what time they began the 1 hour dose of the more powerful drug (I'll get the name tomorrow) but it was shortly thereafter. The Ativan began to take effect and Karen dozed off for what would be most of the rest of the day. I stayed with her, leaving only to get meals and do errands. By early evening the effects of the more powerful drug were showing themselves and she had occasional bouts of nausea. By the time I left at 9:00PM she was sleeping again. The first day went pretty much as they said it would and as the next 2 days will as well .... sleeping. The Ativan has one additional effect and that is short term amnesia. They say she won't remember a thing and that will be just fine.
I have had many of you asking how to contact her and there really is no easy way at this point. She will be staying at the Hampton Inn, 1816 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705, ATT: Karen Patterson, BMT patient and will be there starting approximately Saturday. If you wish to send something, please only send cards as she isn't allowed to receive much else due to the risk of infection, flu, etc
Until tomorrow, thanks to all for your support,