Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Update on Mom and Dad
Dad has not had any more TIA episodes since coming home from the hospital. Went to the doctor yesterday and according to his blood tests he is now on the correct theraputic dosage for his blood thinner. Other not being able to drive, somewhat weak, and not able to leave alone he is better. Took mom to Emory today for her treatment, but unfortunately it didn't happen. As most of you know she had chest pains two weeks ago that put her in the hospital. The chest pains came from a side effect of the cancer drug (high blood pressure). When we got there today her blood pressure was up but had been down low all week because she hasn't had any treatments in two weeks. The protocal says if the blood pressure is not under 150 she can't be treated and you can't go longer than two weeks off. So they had to pull her from the clinical trail. Met with her doctor and he is going back to plan A which is the same oral pill she is on but being able to lower the dosage as needed depending on what her pressure is doing. Can't do this on the trail, protocal doesn't allow any deviations. Also means we won't have to go as often, which has been once a week and she probably won't be as sick like she was after the infusions. Just have to pray no more chest pains. Probably will be 2-4 weeks before starting anything again. Still have to work out the financial end of things, because every thing with the clinical trail was free. The drug will cost about $300 a month.