Karen's High Dose Chemo Diary
4th Day Back at Duke
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Subject: 4th Day Back at Duke
From: Harry Patterson <
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 19:21:23 -0500
We didn't post for two days due to taking some time for ourselves. Karen did have the catheter removed at the clinic on Wednesday and we relaxed the rest of the day. Yesterday she was feeling much better and our only obligation was to take her first shot of Lovenox to continue to dissolve the blood clot. The nurse gave us a supply of Lovenox so that I could administer it to Karen and avoid a trip in to the clinic. Karen says I am enjoying poking her with the needles entirely too much.
We took advantage of some wonderful sunny and warm weather to wander around the Duke campus. For those that haven't been here, the campus is so large that it has to be seen by car to cover even some of it's area. We were at one area in particular that was a long stream of stone dorm buildings formed in a rectangle that provided a long but narrow common grassy area. It reminded me of all those movies you see that portray old campuses rich in history and lively with students. We then went to find Duke Gardens which has many walkways and fields that must be magnificent in full bloom. For us it was a few minutes sitting on a bridge soaking in some much needed sun and peace.
Today she woke very nauseous which we think might be a reaction to the Lovenox. Karen had not brought her nausea medicine so we had to arrange to get another prescription of Compozine so that she could feel better. It took most of the day, but by 6:00PM she was able to eat her breakfast that was stored in our fridge from her failed attempt at her morning meal. She will have one more shot this evening and then two tomorrow. We must stop the shots Saturday so that she has a full day off before the operation on Monday (Lovenox is a blood thinner that would cause excessive bleeding in an operation). Yes our nurse Martha was able to work wonders and get Karen's new Hohn catheter sonogram and admittance taken care of on Monday so that the HDC can begin on Tuesday. This shaved three days off an already long time out of work for me and just waiting and anxiety for Karen.
Things seem to be moving more slowly now and that seems just fine. Things were moving too fast earlier and we seem to have caught up with the process. Insurance continues to be of interest as we wade through the process of ensuring our expenses are covered while we are in this "limbo" between pheresis and HDC. We have a great case manager at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and she is caringly helping us through the differences with Duke's arrangements and other clinics arrangements. Once we sort it all out we will bring you up to date.
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