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BEP Chemo Round – Day 15 – Round 1

11:00am

Last day of chemo for round 1. Today is Bleomycin (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000586/) day which means I am only in the doctor’s office for about 4 hours versus the 8 I had been going in during hell week.

Today they are giving me 30 minutes of IV hydration before we get started followed by the Zofran (anti nausea), Dex (steroid), Tylenol and Benadryl before getting to the Bleo push. The Bleo push is actually really quick. The nurse hooks up a syringe to one of the ports on my IV and SLOWLY pushes it into my blood stream. I can’t feel it but apparently this is the drug that can cause me to go into anaphylactic shock (stop breathing) so they sit with me instead of putting it in an IV bag like the others. The first time it was given to me they gave me a 2 unit test with it where the doctor sat with me checking my pulse. I did not have any reactions to it so they gave me to remaining 28 units. I asked the nurse about this last week and she said this office just doesn’t give many people Bleo so they are very cautious when dispensing it.  :)

As planned, I got my blood count numbers back and found that my white blood cell count is low enough to justify the bone marrow growth stimulant, Neupogen (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000912/). This consists of injections I will have to give myself. Ugh.. so now, not only does my arm look like a junkie due to all of the IV’s I have had in the last 3 weeks, I will now be receiving lessons on how to inject myself with Neupogen later on today.

1:53pm 

I just got done with my lesson on how to inject myself with the Neupogen. I am not looking forward to doing this injection tonight at 9 pm but apparently it is needed for the next few days.

Now that I am on day 15, according to other folks I have been following on blogs that are going through the same process, I should start losing my hair in the next few days. I made the choice not to shave my head in hopes that I can get a few photos with the “mange” look. I figured it I was going to be losing my hair in chunks I may as well get some good photos where it looks like I have been attacked by a rabid dog or raccoon. This will require some setup when it comes to photo time (ripped tee shirt to look like I was clawed by a raccoon) however, I think it will be worth it. I mean when else am I going to have a photo op where I will have chunks of hair missing?!! Last Friday I received a call from the salon where I get my hair cut to remind me of an appointment needless to say, I canceled it. At this point if I don’t end up losing my hair soon I am going to need a haircut and I would be pissed if I got a haircut only to start losing my hair three days later. The other thing is that I have all of these caps and hats that I have ordered or been given as gifts that are to be used when I lose my hair.

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  • Jan 18th 201221:01
    by Rob

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    Dane,
    Just wanted to say that I’m glad to hear that you did amazingly well with your round of BEP. I’ve been in email contect with your Mom and wanted to check in with you and introduce myself. I was diagnosed in July (seminoma, stage 2C), and will start my 3rd, and hopefully last, round of BEP next week. I’m getting treated next door at the NC Cancer Center. If you get a chance, let me know how the rest of your day goes today. On the days I get bleomycen alone, I’ve spiked a good fever about 4 hours later and it ruins what otherwise would be a good day. I see that they set you up beforehand with some premeds, I’ve only been given a small bag of saline, the bleomycen and pat on the back. I might argue for your pre-meds next time if you say the rest of your day was ‘uneventful’. Again, glad you did so well with your round of treatment, stay strong.
    -Rob

    • Jan 19th 201213:01
      by Dane

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      Rob,

      Thanks for the introduction. I will shoot you a personal email today but thought I would update here on the rest of my day yesterday. I felt 99% yesterday… the 1% is just because I felt like I had poison pushed through me earlier in the day but that is more psychological than anything. I would really ask for the pre-meds if you can. The steroid is the best I think. It gives you energy and to be honest makes you feel like a rock star! I am feeling 100% today even though the hair has started to fall out. I am having such a different reaction to the chemo than others I keep reading about. Talk to you through email.

  • Jan 19th 201200:01
    by Derelys

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    If you had a “Like” button on your blog, I’d click it. I love your upbeat attitude and your way with words. Can’t wait to see the photos (not that I want your hair to fall out, though).

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