Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cycle 4 of the study

Cohen was in the hospital this month from October 6th-10th then again October 13th-19th . This month he received IL-2 the first week; which he handled really well; and IL-2 and the antibody the second week. He had a really rough time the second week. It was harder on him this time than in August. He normally gets Dilaudid for pain because he gets really itchy and hives on morphine but Dilaudid isn't compatible with the other two meds. So they gave him morphine again because he did alright with it in August. He didn't do so well this time; his heart rate was in the 190's, he was bright red, itchy, had hives, etc. So they decided to take him off the morphine and put in an iv in his foot (later moved to his hand) with dilaudid. They said if taking him off of the morphine doesn't remove all of those symptoms than they'd consider taking him off of the study. We were ok with their decision either way. But luckily it was the morphine and he did much better. He finished the meds on Friday but still had high fevers and was nauseous so they kept him until Sunday. One of his cultures came back positive so they put him on iv meds at home for 7 days. He is back to his normal self again, as of Thursday, playing around and eating again.

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