Monday, April 4, 2016

Day -5 (Apr 4) Update

I haven't updated the blog for the past few days really because there wasn't much to update. We have been receiving our Filgrastim shots twice per day to stimulate stem cell production. I've been waking up with some pretty intense headaches and seem to have nausea on and off, but overall, this is not bad at all.

Lauren went home on Saturday morning. On Friday, she went with some of the team to see parts of Puebla (pictures below). Looks like she had fun. Thanks to Fanny, Shlomo, Chris and Patti for letting her tag along. I wasn't feeling well, so Scott & I stayed in.



Saturday - Most of group 2 went to the rooftop of the apartments where we have a fantastic view of the volcano Popocatepetl. Some of Bill's friends live in Mexico and came by to say hi to everyone and we were even entertained by David who played the hang drum for us.  All in all, it was a very nice time with my new friends.  

Ragesh & Fanny

John & Norman

Scott & Brid
Norman & Hege

Bhakti took some exquisite photos of Popo that she has generously said I could re-post. 

Drug update for yesterday and the next few days.  

Day -6
  • Filgrastim: A granulocyte colony-stimulating factor analog used to stimulate the proliferation and differentiation of granulocytes; it is a pharmaceutical analog of naturally occurring G-CSF. It is produced by recombinant DNA technology.
  • Dexamethasone: A type of steroid medication.
  • Ondansetron: Marketed under the brand name Zofran, is a medication used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery
  • Pantoprazole: Sold under the brand name Protonix among others, is used for short-term treatment of erosive esophagitis associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Itraconazole: A triazole antifungal agent prescribed to patients with fungal infections. 
  • Trimetoprim/Sulfametoxazol: An antibiotic used mainly in the treatment of bladder infections. 
  • AcyclovirAn antiviral medication. 

Day -5 and Day-4 are a repeat of Day -6 less the Dexamethasone

Tomorrow I will get the catheter placed in my neck in order to prep for the apheresis (cell harvesting).  Not looking forward to that, but apparently it will be under local anesthesia which is good.  

Well, that's about it.  I'll probably update after my catheter placement.  We'll see how it goes.

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