My Daily Dose of Meds

jeremy-medsJust a shot of a few of the meds from the daily routine of pills and injections including:

2 acyclovir capsules (antiviral antibiotic);
1 tablet Bumex (decrease gadtro intestinal upset);
50 ml IV every 8 hrs of cefepime (antibiotic);
daily injection of Neupogen (growth factor for white blood cell count recovery);
daily orally administered syringe of fluconazole (antifungal antibiotic);
1 folic acid tablet;
2 tablets Keppra (anti seizure medication);
2 tablets melatonin (for sleep);
orally administered syringe of Flagyl (for abdominal infections);
1 tablet Protonix (to prevent ulcers);

before each meal 1 swish and spit medication cup of stomatitis cocktail (to prevent mouth sores);
1500 mg IV every 12 hrs of vancomycin (a bacterial antibiotic);
and previously 50 ml IV for 2 hrs of magnesium sulfate (to increase electrolytes);
one 4 hr. IV infusion of potassium chloride (also to increase electrolytes) Bumex tablets (decrease gastrointestinal upset);
1 tablet of senna-docusate (to promote bowel movements);
multiple tablets of Bumex (a diuretic to cause me to pee off 31 pounds of excess water weight gained in my abdomen, legs and feet while receiving kidney dialysis to prevent Tumor lysis from kidney failure as well as 27 pounds of actual fat lost from being an out of shape middle aged man prior to the cancer diagnosis.

In addition I have received blood platelets transfusions, red cell transfusions, and of course intravenously cycle A of the first round of introductory chemotherapy.

Altogether that comes to about 20 forms of pills, syringes, IV infusions, injections I have received since my arrival on the Hematology Oncology unit of Rush University Medical Center and excludes any procedures I have received in the room or on other floors (such as an MMR, EEG, chest ex rays, blood draws, picc line operation, CT scan, spinal tap, Ommaya Reservoir operation, checking vitals every 4 hours (temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and pulse oximetry reading, respiratory rate); in case of any fever over 100.5° blood cultures, IV antibiotics, urine testing, and a chest x-ray, monitoring for signs of infection or bleeding, taking weight every morning, check lab reads, measuring liquid and and food input and output and then each morning anywhere from two to six teams of physicians complete their rounds evaluating and updating me on the current state of my treatment and speculate about the future course of treatment.

~~ Jeremy

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