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I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from my first dose of chemo. The theme seems to be anti-nausea, water, anti-nausea,water, steroids,water,bladder protector (too much water?),water, Kersplat-in, water, don’t forget your anti-nausea, water. Currently waiting for last bag of saline to finish, lounging and watching Antiques Roadshow uninterrupted. All in all, not so bad. Plus Dave in a toga.


P.S. I sent Sam to school in shorts and a t-shirt. Temp dropped to 49 this afternoon. Pre-chemo brain? Builds character, right? Cause he needs more….




I am (also) my Dad’s Daughter…



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Well, yes.   OBVIOUSLY.   Aside from the freckles and the propensity for plumpness….I like a plan.   When it comes to situations like the one that Meredith and I are in,  I want to know the next steps…and the steps after those.   First Chemo – ok fine.  Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How Much?  That may have been Mom’s voice sneaking out.   Both of them come out of my mouth on a regular basis.

So first: Chemo.   I’m participating in a study looking at Neoadjuvant Cisplatin vs “AC” for women who carry the BRCA 1 gene.  I’m paraphrasing.   There are lots of big medical words, and I’ve looked most of them up….but I’m not going to try to spell them right now (see exceptions below).   By the virtual flip of a coin I am in the group that is taking Cisplatin (which in my head is like Ker-SPLAT -in).   This is part of the Moonshots program at MD Anderson which sounds very glamorous and exciting – but mostly they are going to take any leftover tissue and lots of blood and discover a cure for cancer.   I mean you know.  No biggie.     I’ve also learned that when they see the words “Triple Negative”  the researchers come out of the woodwork to sign you up for all sorts of studies.   Which mostly involves blood.   I say take it…I’ll make some more.   Just remember the little people when you discover the cure.

So Greetings and Salutations Cisplatin – next Monday we report for duty and get to work.


*Neoadjuvant  and Deleterious are exceptions to the not wanting to spell the big words rule only because I like to say them.


I’m all registered. If nothing else, these ramblings are keeping me occupied. I was the first one here this morning. Just glad for hot coffee. There is a couple across from me that is cracking me up. They are both sound asleep in their chairs and snoring in unison (or close enough).

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