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Nephfratera Carter (Tera)
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Self motivated, innovative, wife of a military husband,
Self motivated, innovative, wife of a military husband,

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Day 15 of Radiation...maybe I need to start blogging again?
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Chemotherapy cycle number 11 and life still goes on
So today I realized that I have not been sharing my life experiences.  To recap, I was diagnosed with breast cancer a week before my birthday. Life was just getting exciting again. I just started my new job using my license as a Radiologic Technologist. My ...
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17 SEPTEMBER 2015, 08:05 AM
Once again it was time for me to have another round of chemo. So my friend called because she knows that Im neverous. Not nervous of the treatment but just one part of it that really makes me sick. She asked me to explain in detail what the problem was. So I told her it was the chair. The chair at the infusion center means so much more then just life and death. It is a reminder of what I need to do to survive another day. Its my time to think about me.
Here is the processe that I have to endure on the day of chemo. The day before I always make sure that the house is ready and prepared, as much as possible, I pay last minute bills, grocery shop for 2 weeks for the family and I shop for food that I will need to stay healthy for at least 7 days. I shop for my soup that my uncle E. makes and I buy the naked drink smoothies, GNC protein shakes, and any other foods that I can taste and that are healthy for me. Lately I've been eating a personnal pan pizza from pizza hut about every 4 days. I coordinate with everyone for rides to keep track of who is taking who where.
Our morning usually starts with a drive to the hospital with my Uncle E. I prepare my breakfast starting with oatmeal and brown sugar, and zero water. I picked the zero water pitcher because the pitcher assembly provides a water measuring tool that checks the total disolved solids (TDS) within water . For example I found that Dasani water has 35 TDS, my facuet water measured 60, but the zero water pitcher measured 000. I can taste the difference in all the different water bottles. For weeks my blood pressure was going up and I started to have more headaches. But since I started drinking the zero water no more headaches and blood pressure has started to go down.
Back to the chair. I like to drive to the hospital because it takes my mind off of what Im about to do. I think about the traffic, my boys, and my Uncle E. keeps me entertained with what he has being going through with at work. I have to get blood drawn first from my port in my chest. My blood draw helps the "chef" who cooks up my drugs to be measured correctly with my weight and metablism. Its at this point when the lab technicians test my blood for following things: (i will only list a few things) white blood cell count, hemoglobin (oxygen within blood), hematocrit, the amount of blood platelets(for blood clots), neutrophils(amounts of cells fighting infection), (kidney-BUN), potassium, sodium and many more.

Appt #1 accessing the port: In the morning I put on a numbing cream and place a piece of plastic over it an hour before my appointment. After the infusion center the nurse first flush saline into the port to see if it is working. The is the part that I TRULY HATE, the port in my chest is connected to my subclavin vien and goes directly my heart and sits above my right atrium. I can taste the saline and it makes me vomit. In the past I have tried lemon head candy, fruit snack, and even sour gummies, but nothing helps to get rid of that taste.

Appt #2 seeing the doctor (Dr): The visit to the Dr is the easiest. We just talk about how I have been feeling since the last time we spoke and we talk about the treatment plan and what is next. He gives me a lot of reassuarnce that this treatment is working and if I have any problems than I know what to do. I have the medical oncolgy people on speed dial so I leave his office feeling pretty confident.

Appt #3 the chair: After being checked in a third time, there's a nurse that goes over all my lab results. The labs asssure me that my red blood cell count is good my platelets are good and all of my numbers are in range. Because if they're not then I can't have a chemo session. Next, the lab technicians go update the data so the chef can prepare my chemo medication, which at this time I ask the nurses to make sure that they add on ativan ( it helps me to basically sleep through the whole things).
So here is the rundown of all the meds they give me and why it now takes 5 hours to sit in this chair. The first meds are for nausea (they stay in my system for about 3 days) wonderful, it helps me to eat. Next is the ativan, one by one the chemo chemicals are pushed into my system, and each one takes about an hour long. Some of the meds make me vomit. All of these chemicals and the constant drip of saline makes me go to the bathroom about 3 times. Its hard to walk around when you have the ativan and benadrayl flowing through your body. When its all done I slowly take the walk to the car and go back home to sleep.

Well that is just the morning and afternoon of my chemo day.

If you have any question or comments please feel free to ask.
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A Conversation with a Friend
I wrote a blog a few days ago about how my 3rd cycle of treatment was going. It was pretty long and in great detail and then I lost it.  So I will start this blog talking about what me and my best friend of over 13 years talked about, that dealt with my bre...
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My 2nd Chemo cycle of Breast Cancer
I know that I haven't written in a while, but I've been spending a lot of time with my family.  I had to be sure that my boys had their school uniforms, supplies, and I put groceries in the house for the next two weeks.  Both of my boys had summer project t...
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More into my life of the beginning stages of breast cancer.
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Days before 2nd cycle
Just before going into my 2nd cycle of chemo I was feeling great. But let me explain how my 2 weeks went with the first round of  chemo. Day one was good both of the people taking care of me was there.  That made me not feel alone. My husband and Uncle E. a...
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The day I found out I had breast cancer.  Read and comment.
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Today is the day
I didn't receive much sleep last night, as I was worried about my results.  I keep everything on the down low just between me and my husband.  He went to work that day and I started cooking breakfast for my boys. Then the phone rang, it was a Doctor from th...
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