Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Welcome to Chemo

Today I went with my dad & sister to the Introduction to Chemotherapy class at the hospital. There was an overwhelming amount of information. I learned some facts and ideas about Chemotherapy. Here is a fact, the hospital gets an average of 200 new chemo patients per month. If you have a temperature over 100.5 you need to call them right away. If it is after hours, weekend or a holiday you must go to the ER. You are not suppose to eat anything "organic." Organic food has more bacteria on it. You must wash all fruits and vegetables before you eat them. (Don't most people do that anyways?) Ginger is good for the nausea. But not ginger snaps. Ginger tea is good as long as it is decaffeinated. If you are constipated "smooth move tea" is a good choice. It is better to get you hair cut then to have it fall out when your trying to eat dinner. Always have your guests wash their hands when they come in. We learned about red and white blood cells. We learned about platelets and blood draws and scans. We also learned that Chemo can kill some peoples reproductive ability. We learned that some people will lose their life and others will not. Of corse the teacher-RN was not that blunt.
It is time for me to go, I am tired.

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