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Chemo Round 4 Done…

It’s been a very long week… Two trips to St. Paul, Wednesday we had a GFR test, and today/Friday we had another round of Chemo Therapy.

What the heck is a GFR test???
Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR), the chemo therapy drug she’s on had the potential to damage her kidney’s. Now every other month we’ll have to go down 2 days before chemo to have this test ran. If the results are not within the normal range we’ll have to lower her dose of Carboplatin. From what I understand, if the kidney function is lower that can cause a number of other issues.
The test was started at 730 in the morning, then an hour and a half later we did a blood draw then 3 others every half hour after that.

The simplified explanation we were given is this on how the test works. Ana was given a dose of radioactive diagnostic fluid, which will mix with her blood and become filtered by her kidney’s the blood draws mentioned above will monitored kidney function.
Yet another hearing test…
The same day as the GFR test we needed another hearing test done… As the Carboplatin she’s taking for Chemotherapy causes some hair loss. Including the hairs in her ear canal which help with our hearing. In Mid October ago she had a hearing test where she had more high frequency hearing loss in her right ear where in her first hearing test showed that in her right ear she couldn’t hear the higher range sounds.

What side effects of the Carboplatin is she having?
There are complete lists of side effects common, less common, rare however all I/we really care about are the ones she’s going though…

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Constipation
  • loss of appetite
  • ringing in ears
  • lower back or side pain
  • pinpoint red spots on skin; skin rash or itching
  • unusual bruising – just around her port which may not be related to the chemotherapy…

After this long work week plus the 600 miles of road/10 hours in the car, 2 nights in dry hotels we’re truly looking forward to the fact that because of the chemotherapy we are forced to take it easy and just worry about keeping Ana side effects of nausea and vomiting to a minimum.

Good links on Carboplatin…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carboplatin
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/uspdi/202115.html

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