Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Day - 5

Today is the second round of chemo: Ara-C and Etopisde, the "A" and "E" in the named BEAM protocol. (yesterday was Carmustine (FIVB), AKA BiCNU) I'll get this alphabet soup every day at 11am for the next 4 days.

I have to tell you, I am tolerating this very well so far. I like the digs, and the nursing staff has been wonderful. They are all bright and attentive, and very helpful with teaching me the routine and the ropes. So far I've met with my:

IVT (Intravenous technician)
RN (registered nurse)
CNA (certified nurse assistant)
OT (Occupational therapist)
Dr. (The Doctor)
NP (Nurse Practitioner)
Dietician (dietecian)

And I'm scheduled to see a social worker, and an exit coordinator. Oh, and as of just a few minutes ago, I am scheduled for a private masseuse to come to my room tomorrow!!

It takes a village!


  1. And you're the FB (Fabulous Patient) : )

  2. I know nothing about chemo. Why do they do it at 11pm? Can you sleep during it, or after it?
    I like the idea of the masseuse. Does Julie get one too?


  3. Oops. 11 AM actually is when I get the E and A chemotherapy. Much more civilized. I DO however get vital signs taken at Midnight AND 4AM! Strange nights sleeping.