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 Posted: Tue Nov 27th, 2012 05:57 pm
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Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 28th, 2012 12:57 am
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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
mike3775 wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
The Hammer wrote:
Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.


Wishing you the best Hammer. And it's awesome that a guy like Ted (FF) can tell you what's up and you can take that experience to the bank. It's times like these that make S&W what it really is.



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 Posted: Wed Nov 28th, 2012 08:36 am
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HBF wrote:
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mike3775 wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
The Hammer wrote:
Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.


Wishing you the best Hammer. And it's awesome that a guy like Ted (FF) can tell you what's up and you can take that experience to the bank. It's times like these that make S&W what it really is.


Thanks Eric. I debated if I wanted to sugarcoat or tell Hammer the truth about My experience. I figured that I would want someone to tell Me straight up on what to possibly expect. I wish I had someone to help Me like this during My time dealing with it.

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Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.


Wishing you the best Hammer. And it's awesome that a guy like Ted (FF) can tell you what's up and you can take that experience to the bank. It's times like these that make S&W what it really is.


Thanks Eric. I debated if I wanted to sugarcoat or tell Hammer the truth about My experience. I figured that I would want someone to tell Me straight up on what to possibly expect. I wish I had someone to help Me like this during My time dealing with it.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 28th, 2012 11:20 am
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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: HBF wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
mike3775 wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
The Hammer wrote:
Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.


Wishing you the best Hammer. And it's awesome that a guy like Ted (FF) can tell you what's up and you can take that experience to the bank. It's times like these that make S&W what it really is.


Thanks Eric. I debated if I wanted to sugarcoat or tell Hammer the truth about My experience. I figured that I would want someone to tell Me straight up on what to possibly expect. I wish I had someone to help Me like this during My time dealing with it.


Thanks Ted. Yes it is, that is one of the reasons that I love this board. So far they have not lied to me. They told me that my white blood cells will go down. The shot is just to help keep them up as high as they can, whatever that might be. They also told me that if anybody is sick to tell them not to come over, and to keep hand sanitizer on hand, and even spray Lysol in the house once or twice a day. So having you guys helping me, it helps me gauge how full of shit they are/or not. Thanks guys, your the best.



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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.



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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.


This right here. The Port makes it so much easier for everything

I don't remember reading if you have to take labs every other week before chemo or not, but that port is great because they can draw the blood from that and be done in seconds, without requiring a needle draw

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: The Hammer wrote:
Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.


They told me yesterday after my third treatment they are going to do another ct scan to see where we stand and then maybe they can go back and put in the port.



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mike3775 wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.


This right here. The Port makes it so much easier for everything

I don't remember reading if you have to take labs every other week before chemo or not, but that port is great because they can draw the blood from that and be done in seconds, without requiring a needle draw


I have to take labs every week. Even on the weeks that I don't have chemo. They are watching my levels very close. I have to say that I feel like they are taking very good care of me, and they actually seem to care about me. everyone at that hospital has been fantastic.



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That is great. I really hope you can get the port so that you no longer need to be a pin cushion.

Again nothing but the very best and you will overcome this

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The Hammer wrote:
mike3775 wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.


This right here. The Port makes it so much easier for everything

I don't remember reading if you have to take labs every other week before chemo or not, but that port is great because they can draw the blood from that and be done in seconds, without requiring a needle draw


I have to take labs every week. Even on the weeks that I don't have chemo. They are watching my levels very close. I have to say that I feel like they are taking very good care of me, and they actually seem to care about me. everyone at that hospital has been fantastic.


Getting blood work every week gets old after a while. Also, if You have any trouble breathing whatsoever, go to the Hospital immediately. It could be a series of Blood Clots starting in Your Lungs and They head towards the Brain. I had to get bolld work every week for 10 months even after my Chemo treatments. Also, You might have to go to Pulmonary rehab to get Your Lungs back into shape, due to inactivity.

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Busy week this week. About to head out the door to the hospital to get a pic line put in my arm, then back tomorrow for my 3rd chemo treatment, then back on Thursday for the shot for my white blood cell count. So far all of my counts have held up without any dropping. Which is great. I see the doctor on my chemo days and they said last time that after my 3rd chemo treatment they were gonna schedule a ct scan to see if they could maybe get the port a cath put in. Boy I hope so because getting a pic every 2 weeks sucks! So thats where I am at right now, AND I STILL HAVE ALL MY HAIR!!!!!!!!  LOL



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Great on the hair

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Busy week this week. About to head out the door to the hospital to get a pic line put in my arm, then back tomorrow for my 3rd chemo treatment, then back on Thursday for the shot for my white blood cell count. So far all of my counts have held up without any dropping. Which is great. I see the doctor on my chemo days and they said last time that after my 3rd chemo treatment they were gonna schedule a ct scan to see if they could maybe get the port a cath put in. Boy I hope so because getting a pic every 2 weeks sucks! So thats where I am at right now, AND I STILL HAVE ALL MY HAIR!!!!!!!!  LOL


ABVD will eventually make Your Hair a little thinner, but not that much. You will never lose it.

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