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Monday, July 27, 2009

Visit To UMMC's Oncology Clinic

Dad and mom arrived at the hospital at 7.25am. I dropped them off and sent Ian to his kindy which was nearby. Ian's kindy opens at 8.00am so I parked my car by the roadside and let him catch up on his sleep till 8.00am. By the time I secured a parking and joined them at the oncology clinic, it was already 8.20am. We got a waiting number for blood tests on liver and kidney function and CEA level.

Dr Ros attended to us and when I told her that the chemo port was not implanted as yet due to the delay from the Surgery side, she tried calling them and fixed the appointment for us. She could not get through the right person so we had to wait for mom's name to be called again. I called Dr Tee immediately after I came out from the doctor's room. He told me he would call me by noon when the doctor who was incharged of roster of the operation theatres came back.

Not long after, mom was called in and Dr Ros told us the appointment for chemoport implantation had now been confirmed on this Friday and mom to get admitted a day before surgery. The 1st chemo cycle is now fixed on next Monday. Should there be any delay again in the surgery, mom must get admitted for two nights and would have to get the chemo through direct IV drips until she had the chemoport ready. Lets hope that there would not be anymore delays and all appointments fixed would be smooth sailing.

Selvi, the staff nurse gave mom and I a lengthy education session on FOLFOX regimen, its side effects, operation of AMBIT pump, telephone number to contact in case of emergency etc. I will write in more detail about this later.

Soon after we left the oncology clinic, I received a call from Dr Tee confirming the surgery on Friday. He has been very helpful from day one and we are really grateful and lucky to have him in mom's team of doctors.

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Blogger michelle said...

Really hope your mom doesn't get bad side effects from the chemo. Take care of her and yourself.

July 28, 2009 at 3:43 AM  
Blogger Inspired Momx1 said...

Hi, Thanks for dropping by my blog. I am really worried about the side effects she may get from chemotherapy particularly neuropathy and lung infection due to drop in WBC. I can only pray that mom will be strong enough to sail through the whole chemo cycles.

July 29, 2009 at 9:49 PM  

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