Saturday, September 10, 2011
I have completed my first IV Cytoxan infusion for Myasthenia Gravis at Vanderbilt's 100 Oaks Medical Infusion Center. We arrived around 12:30 PM for my 2:00 PM appointment and checked in early. Things went very well.
The treatment procedure will be the same every time. First, I have blood work and an urinalysis. If all results are in allowance, they proceed with the infusion. Second, I am premedicated with Tylenol, Benadryl, and Zofran. I am then hydrated with a normal sodium IV solution for about thirty minutes. Third, I receive one gram of Cytoxan through a one-hour IV drip along with more saline. Finally, after about thirty minutes of more hydration I am released to go home.
I have had no bad effects from the Cytoxan. I have drank and drank and drank lots of water yesterday and today. The nurses suggested I take my Promethazine every six hours for the next few days to keep down nausea. It seems any side-effects from Cytoxan are not immediate; they come a day or so later. So far, so good!
Now we wait for the next infusion and signs of improvement. More to follow later!
Thanks again for the prayers and support