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Sharn Getting Chemo

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 16:45
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Sharn has a few days at a Cancer Center to get chemo– she’s about halfway through now.

Learning about how chemotherapy works is wince-inducing. To begin with, the drugs used are SO toxic that everyone besides the cancer patient has to avoid touching it at all costs. That’s an eye-opener! The patient is released from treatment with a shattered immune system, so their recovery room at home has to be pretty much sterilized and then everyone has to change what they do to avoid accidentally killing the vulnerable patient.

At least the immunity-stuff I feel I have some experience with– it’s all about hands and surfaces that get touched by hands a lot:

~ Wash your hands every time you touch a surface that isn’t clean (this can cause very dry hands, unless you…)

~ Avoid allowing your hands to get contaminated by using tricks like shutting doors with your elbow or hip

~ Turn off faucets with the backs of your hands, since dirty hands turned the faucet on, and if you touch it after washing them, you’re back to dirty hands again– think of surgeons in medical shows. Notice they have a protocol for avoiding that?

~ Wipe off doorknobs, handles (especially fridge handles!) cupboard door knobs and edges, toilet handles, keyboards, and remote controls at least once a day, then try to avoid touching those things with unclean hands

~ Wash your hands and then re-wipe the door knobs to outside that you used to get inside in the first place.

It sounds cumbersome, but honestly- both Gerick and I found ourselves doing these things so I wasn’t flaring all the time, dealing with fatigue, pain, and fogs constantly. This household didn’t follow all that, and I’ve had more flares in the last year than in the last ten or so. I know all the tricks to avoid germs, though I don’t freak out and douse myself in Lysol or anything. I hate having to even care, but at some point, anything can become a habit, then it feels weird if you don’t do it.

Anyway, the project for the weekend is putting together a plan with our Selling Realtor team (seriously, the guy has a bunch of people) and cleaning Sharn’s bedroom/bathroom so that she’s in a clean environment. I’m doing most of it, as Cat is so behind at work, she has to work part of the weekend. AND she has tons of paperwork to do to prepare for the move.

After that– I have to essentially train Cat on modes of transmission and instigate all the policies you see above regarding DIRTY HANDS transferring pathogens. On top of that, we still have to wear masks when we go into Sharn’s room once she’s here. Buying the air cleaner with the UV light that kills germs a year ago seems really smart now. We have it running in her room 24/7.

Cat admitted she felt guilty that she was relieved to have a few days off from caring for her mom. It has been astonishing how quickly Sharn’s health has deteriorated, and I’m afraid the chemo will just hasten that– but on the other hand, without it, she was told she’d have less than five months left, even with constant transfusions. So what other choice is there? And I’m helping out, so I understand Cat’s relief to have a few days where educated people can look after things that baffle us mere mortals.

I’m okay for the most part, but at times I feel so sad and even scared. I just swallow it and go on, though, because that’s what you do in this kind of situation. I bite my cuticles (after washing my hands– and then wash them again afterwards…) and eat too much sugar and try to avoiding feeling the pit in my stomach.



Source: https://lucretiasheart.livejournal.com/1300307.html

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