The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Finishing up chemo

There are four drugs in the chemo combination they are giving me: avastin, oxalyplatin, leucovorin, and 5-fu. They give them sequentially over about five hours. Then they send me home with a chemo pump fanny pack to adminsiter the 5-fu over 48 hours.

To avoid allergic reaction, they gave me a combination of four drugs before the chemo. They knocked me out cold. Christine stayed up most of that night to keep a close eye out for any reaction. The good news is that there was no reaction at all, not even at the level I had from my allergy to cisplatin, a drug I took years ago that is related to oxalyplatin. This means I'll be good to go for more of this stuff.

They observed me as an inpatient for the first day of the chemo. Last evening, I was discharged. I've slept most of the day. The chemo is draining, but I'm not feeling too sick. Tonight I'll unhook the pump when the infusion is complete - Christine and I took a class to get "certified" for removing it ourselves. Otherwise, we would have had to go to the E.R. because the infusion ends tonight after the infusion department closes.

Next round is scheduled for Nov 15. We should be headed back to Dallas soon to enjoy the time until then at home.


Carl said...

You and Christine have a heavy burden, but I know the Lord will make it bearable. I look forward to the day when this burden is lifted.

anne and michael said...

Greg and Christine,
We thank God today for this important blessing he has given you. This was a big hurdle that you just cleared. Alleluia!!!
anne and michael

Mom and Dad said...

Happy Birthday Christine