Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Benadryl Queen

The day had arrived.  Three weeks after Herceptin appointment #6/13, when I first experienced an allergic reaction to the Herceptin, it was time to see whether we could prevent a similar reaction via preemptive use of a steroid and antihistamines.  Prior to arriving at Kaiser, I took one Zyrtec as instructed by the oncology pharmacist. …

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Swim. Bike. Run. Eat. Sleep.

I did it.  Last Sunday, I completed my first open water based triathlon, the Reservoir Sprint Triathlon in Morgan Hill.  In a little more than 2 hours, I swam 1/2 mile, biked ~16 miles, and finished up with a 3 mile run.  Here is my bike parked amongst hundreds of other much fancier and more …

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Herceptin #8/14

Life is never boring at the oncology clinic.  Serenaded by the lullaby of my neighbor’s quiet conversation, I was quickly nodding off into a Benedryl induced stupor at my appointment this week when the patient next to me called out, “Nurse!” I opened my eyes in time to see the patient’s elderly husband, who had …

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A Sad Day

As part of life’s normal flow, we grieve at the passing of others, whether they are close by or distantly located, mere acquaintance or best friend, real or fictional.  I am saddened at the death of a someone dear last week.  She was a generous friend to me (and countless others), engaging teacher to my …

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Tears for Fears

There’s nothing like a brush with cancer to catapult a garden variety case of hypochondria into a tailspin.  In the name of hypervigilance, every little thing can be misconstrued as a new manifestation of disease. Chest twinge — more cancer?  No, probably just rejuvenating nerves. Bump on skin — melanoma?  Nah, merely a bug bite …

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