Chemo Cycle #5 – A Real Eye Opener

Two days ago I completed my 5th cycle of chemotherapy for Stage IV bowel cancer. The cycle process itself was fairly straight forward. Just another long day, hooked up to 19467844_356790164735770_3513361671270325389_opumps with drugs being pumped in near my heart. But one thing made this trip very different. A very sick young lady.

As soon as I saw her enter the chemo ward I said to myself “there is no way you are getting treatment today”. She walked into the room slightly bent at the hips, with a flushed face and dark, wet eyes. This poor girl had seen better days. After only 1 minute of sitting in the chair opposite me she started to throw up and complain of abdominal pains. Apparently she had a cold…..is this is what a cold looks like when you are undergoing chemotherapy?? The fact that a cold could be multiplied so dramatically scared me somewhat. At this point I wasn’t able to listen to what was going on. In went the earplugs and up went the music. What I couldn’t ignore was all the curtains being drawn and the numerous doctors and nurses coming through with monitoring equipment. I couldn’t help but feel for this poor young girl. I was later told that she was beyond distraught when she was informed that she would not be receiving treatment that afternoon.

This ordeal also left me with one questions, should she have been brought into the chemotherapy ward with patients undergoing treatment? I am by far not a medical expert and I understand that hospital staff are often stretched thin. But I did wonder whether a better option would have been to take her to a medical ward, rather than the chemo ward.

I wish the very best for this young girl and hope she is on the road to recovery.

 

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  1. Without understanding fully why they would even consider putting her in the chemo ward, My opinion is ,i think she should have been certainly moved to a medical ward ! Hospitals have gone as far as putting hand sanatiser at every entrance ( at my local hospital anyway ) and throughout the wards to ensure not only those who may be carrying a bug of some sort , but even those who are heathly take that extra step in doing what they can to prevent germs & I think it’s a great idea ! My thoughts are with the poor girl ( just as they are always with you Mel 🙂 ) but I believe she should have been treated privately , not just for the sake of other patients but also for herself as she distraught and for good reason with having to miss her treatment & that would be hard enough xx

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  2. I completely agree. If that was me I would have preferred some privacy. But I do understand that sometimes it may not be possible due to bed shortages. I just hope she is feeling better now.

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  3. You reminded me… Last Sunday I went to the ER for dehydration caused by mean diarrhea, and while everything seemed ok with me, on my third trip to the bathroom I got one of my two worst cramp attacks ever. It’s horrible, I end up useless with all limbs cramped up, even unable to talk. The nurse and my wife poured electrolyte into my mouth just as you pour oil into a car, and the cramps started to go away. I still asked about a biker kid that had been brought to the next room, all teary eyed from my own experience, but I also have been a cyclist. I was going to the hospital on Monday anyway, I was already scheduled for surgery. They removed a lymph node, it was positive for malignancy and Tuesday I was back at the ER to have my new port installed. Haven’t used it yet, but I can already see the storm coming. Feel good.

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    1. Hey Untrainedwarrior. I’m sorry to hear that you are having troubles. Diarrhea can be nasty, especially if it gets to the stage that you are dehydrated. I hope you are feel better and are recovering well from surgery. It’s funny how we often worry more about others when we are in undesirable situations. Maybe it’s a way of distracting ourselves from our own problems. Stay strong.

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