There are all kinds of cancer … too many to name here. Each one is treated with difference combinations of chemotherapy drugs and on different time cycles. Some chemotherapy drugs are administered in their entirety at the oncologist office in their infusion suite once a week, every other week, etc.
With colon cancer, I typically make the trek to the oncologist office every two weeks on Wednesday – in office they administer the pre-meds, avastin, give me a syringe push of 5FU and then hook me up to a portable infusion pump that will slowly administer the 5FU at home for the next 46 hours … and then I return on Friday to have it and all the tubing disconnected from my port-catheter.
They put the infusion pump in a hip bag (or a hippie) so you can wear it as you go about your business. The challenge though is how to sleep with that portable infusion pump. For the first 14 treatments I wore it as a hippie with the pump positioned on my stomach. Since I sleep on my sides or back that seemed like a pretty good solution … but resulted in very few good nights of sleep and a few mornings with a sore back from the pull of the hippie belt on my back.
But last night I may have had a breakthrough … a duh moment so to speak. The portable infusion pump comes with about 4 feet of tubing between you and the pump so I thought “Why not use my bedpost as an IV pole and hang the infusion pump over it?”
And I did … and I was comfortable all night and slept so much better.
Thank you Lord for these little breakthroughs!