Not everything happens in the hospital. Like with most diseases, medicines must be taken at home. Who hasn’t seen those plastic, flip-top-lidded pill box with the days of the week imprinted on them. Chemo is different. In our case, we don’t infuse at home, but we do what is called a push. Rather than having a bag of fluid, we have to “push” the medication using a plastic syringe.
CHEMOTHERAPY FOR DUMMIES
Papa setting up the medicine.
The meds all laid out in SASH order.
We do this twice, once with Zofran and once with Ara-C.
Once the blood comes out, we can push the first saline. It goes in relatively quickly, but not super fast. Sometimes the children can taste or smell salt. Isa did this in the hospital, but hasn’t done it since then.
Zofran, must really work, because Isa has displayed very few signs of nausea after receiving the Ara-C.
Notice the fabulous Hat!!! Thanks to Ooh Baby!!
After the Heparin we typically wait for 20 minutes or so. Even though on Thursday at the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) the nurse just pushed all the medications as fast as she could, because we were the first in line for some hot spinal methotrexate.