Saturday, January 17, 2009

9 days until transplant

Today we switched to an IV version of anti-fungal antibiotic, since the voriconazole can cause problems during the upcoming chemotherapy. The infusion took place at the SCCA, and they also taught us how to change the dressing on the Hickman and prepare the dressing for taking a shower. With the PICC, I needed to wrap the arm in saran wrap and carefully tape the ends to make the whole thing waterproof, which was hard to do by yourself. It was also painful since your arm moves around a lot and the tape pulls at your arm hair. The Hickman dressing is waterproof by itself, so all that needs to be done is to cover the ends of the Hickman tubes with a special wax paper called parafilm. A few seconds preparation time and that was it. The nurse set I could even go in the hot tub with it, as long as it's not submerged. Not bad!

After the infusion I met my boss for coffee, then met up with some coworkers later that evening for some Rock Band. Tomorrow is another hour-long infusion and marks the last day of freedom before I go into the hospital. Can't wait to get things rolling.

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