Sunday, December 12, 2010

More of the same, with family

Kit got into Nashville on Friday night and Dad got here yesterday.  The last two days have been the same routine as the first two days.  They take blood, inject Zofran through the central line (anti-nausea), she takes Decadron (anti-nausea), and then they start her on a drip for an hour of fluids, then 30 minutes of Fludarabine, followed by another hour of fluids.  At some point, the doctor will come in and do a quick check on her.  She's done by around noon, central time.  Kit went with her today and yesterday, and dad stayed with her for 2 hours today.

Tomorrow is going to be a bit different, though.  We'll be at the clinic much longer.  On tomorrow and Tuesday, she'll be receiving two chemo drugs - Fludarabine and Busulfan.  As usual, the Fludarabine drip takes 30 minutes, but the Busulfan drip is spread over 3 hours.  One of the side effects of Busulfan could be seizures, so starting today, mom is taking Dilantin to pre-medicate against seizures.

It's been nice to have Kit and Dad here for the weekend.  All of us went on a walk around Nashville before retiring to the house due to rain.  Last night, I made a meal of kale, caramelized onions, and sweet potatoes to go with salmon that Kit prepared.  Every time I write about food on here, I ponder whether I am becoming my dad, who will tell me what he ate for dinner every time we talk on the phone.  I think I'm describing it because people may find it fun and interesting, but who knows, maybe my dad and I are the only ones that care.
Kit and Mom (note the snow)
Mom and Dad


  1. Love the pic of you and Pat and you in your "woolies"! Bet it's cold up there! Tell case I also love his food facts! All mothers on the planet LOVE it when their kids cook for them! The chemotherapy cocktails sound rather gruesome and I will say special prayers that you sail thru as best as you can. I suppose they would not like it if you accidentally dripped it into the plants when they were not looking :). Be strong my friend and may the peace of the Lord be always with you!

  2. I tried to post a comment a while back, but, alas, my lack of computer skills apparently prohibited me from completing the task. I said, Case, that I was all too familiar with food obsession. My father, while eating breakfast, planned his lunch menu, and, while eating, lunch, eagerly anticipated dinner. So, I am with you on the food deal.
    Wanda, the photo of you in the snow is adorable, almost as cute as how you looked at book club last week in your yoga skirt. Your continued positive attitude and sense of humor inspire me still. Keep it up, dear friend, and know that you are constantly in my thoughts.
    Hope this damn message gets through. Oh, how I detest being so computer illiterate....

  3. I have to say, Ms. Taintor - you dress better than I do! You look so great with those boots on. I am so happy to see you in good spirits during this difficult time. Keep up your good attitude, know that you are in everyone's thoughts and prayers, and remember - this too shall pass.
    Thinking of you daily!
    Kelly Williams (Callie's friend)