Chemo Day 1

Lucy's day began around 4:00 this morning.  The nurse came in to draw labs and started fluids.  There was a paperwork snafu, so actual Chemo didn't get started until 9:30ish.  It's in full swing now and Lucy is doing well.  This morning she got Ativan and Benadryl to help with nausea.  Then she received Amifostin, Cisplatin and Vincrystin.  The last two are Chemo drugs and the Amifostin is a recovery med that protects against hearing loss.  Used to, every child that took Cisplatin would end up with hearing aids.  It can do some major damage to your hearing.  Thank God for Amifostin, as it protects the hearing and does a darn good job!  The ironic thing is that the Amifostin causes more nausea than the Chemo drug.  Almost immediately after receiving it this morning, she began vomiting. 

She's only been sick a few times this morning, so we are so very thankful for that.  As the nurse was getting suited up in her protection garb (yeah, protection) I was so nervous I thought I was going to vomit.  It was awful.  I had been preparing myself for a horrible day and so far its not been too bad.  She's gotten up to pee more times than I can count.  Actually, I have to keep track of it, so I know that she has gone over 2000 cc's since 8:00am.  That's more than 2 liters of urine!  These Chemo drugs are very hard on the kidneys so it is important that she goes at least every 2 hours (including through the night). 

She is about to get another round of Amifostin, so we are preparing for a round of yuckies.  We've buckled down for a long day and night.  God continues to provide peace and courage for all of us.  Thank you for your prayers.

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