Steven and Sean on the Polar Bear Cam
Steven and Sean on the Polar Bear Cam

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Cycle 4, Day -2: Chemo without Ativan

Like yesterday, today Steven got cyclophosphamide along with mesna for his bladder. The double vision cleared up, but the issue of his right eye not tracking is still apparent.

Because of the double vision, we tried to do his chemo without using ativan, just zofran. He was OK for a while, but about two houra after the chemo started, he began vomiting uncontrollably.

We gave him benadryl, which knocked him out for a couple of hours, then he woke up and began vomiting again.

We gave him one half-dose of ativan, which helped for a very short period of time, then more vomiting. The ativan is quite effective normally, he vomited 8 times or so today compared with one or two times with ativan, but we've been afraid to give it at the doses that worked before because of the confusion, weeping, and double vision.

Around 5:00 or so, he suddenly perked up. He got out of bed and started putting Legos together, the rest of the evening was pleasant.

Tomorrow he sees the ophtalmologist.

- Kathleen

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