It's chemo time again

January 09, 2008 by barbara

barbara writes

Taking a break while David deals with latest chemo infusion. An amazing extension of a stunningly Dark Ages kind of cancer treatment. Fry 'em with radiation and then poison 'em with toxic chemicals. Hair gone, energy tanking. Woo hoo!! A little bit more.

It was not heartening to watch the oncology nurse haul out a haz-mat kit to clean up a small spill from David's IV. She clamped a protective mask on her face, donned special gloves and kneepads, used special cloths to absorb the tiny spill, and then scrubbed the spot on the floor three separate times.

Meanwhile, the same substance was drip drip dripping into David's body.


Back with you soon as I can.

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leftymn (not verified) | January 9, 2008 - 6:09pm

Hang in there... and thank you for keeping us all involved.

I know it doesnt remotely compare, but in the same vein of medical oxymorons, I always think about this when I get an xray at the dentist, if it isnt harmful , then why do you guys always leave the room when you zap me?

Crikey indeed... steady on... we think of you.


barbara says (not verified) | January 10, 2008 - 8:34am

Thanks, leftymn. Really and truly.


Lynnell Mickelsen (not verified) | January 11, 2008 - 9:32am

Hey Barb. You and Dave hang in there. I'm sending up prayers from SW Minneapolis. A good friend of mine is a big-time cancer specialist/researcher. She used to tell me, "Some day we're going to look back at all this chemo and radiation and just shake our heads. We'll view it as something right up there with leeches, only a lot more barbaric."

A couple of years ago, she got cancer too---went through the whole chemo/radiation deal.

I keep hoping we're getting closer to that breakthrough she was always working on......


barbara says (not verified) | January 11, 2008 - 3:14pm

Hey, Lynnell Mickelson (not verified). This is Barbara (not verified and functioning in slo-mo). Great to hear from you!

Like your friend, I look at the whole cancer treatment deal as something primitive practiced in current time in sophisticated medical settings, e.g., Mayo. Not sure waterboarding tops this, given that in either case, the victim isn't sure they're going to survive it.

Anyhoo, thanks for stopping by the Clothesline.