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Laura's Caregiver Notes

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Following are caregiver notes from cousin Laura’s stay:

Laura H’s Caregiver notes

Wednesday, July 1

Arrived at 8:00 a.m. and see Melissa. Wow!! She looks great!! It feels like I had just left a few days ago, but she’s been through a lot since I was here last.

We left right away to Cancer Treatment Centers of America to her MRI appt at 8:30 a.m. for a brain scan. They pre-medicated her before and said she had no reaction during the scan, nor did she have any the next 24 hours. She was very sleepy afterward and it took awhile for her to wake up. We then went to the cafeteria for lunch. Melissa and I ended up sitting with the marketing dep't for CTCA and they asked if she would like to be interviewed in the future regarding her care there.

During her MRI, nurse Bridgett of Dr. He’s office called (her oncologist) and she wants to switch her from Prevacid (for stomach discomfort) to Rantidine, generic for Zantac. He just received a study that shows Prevacid inhibits the effectiveness of Tarceva by 46 to 71 percent!! Somehow antacids like Prevacid effect the absorption of Tarceva, but Rantidine only effects the absorption by 15 to 17 percent, if taken exactly two hours before Tarceva and 10 hours after Tarceva.

They immediately called into the pharmacy Rantidine (one office down) and presto!! It was done in a half hour. They had this all done before she woke up after MRI. This place is awesome!! What a blessing!! Yeah. Instead of having family searching for all this info, there are people there updated on the latest it seems.

After all her appointments, she can go eat and drink at the cafeteria close by, and/or she can rest upstairs in a room until the next procedures if any. At CTCA, they have everything there to take care of Melissa. They start with a care manager and have mind-body medicine, naturopathy medicine, nutrition and metabolic services, pain management, pastoral care, rehabilitation services, chemo and imaging…all in one place!!! The people there are so sweet and helpful too.

Ok, enough promoting this place. I’m just so excited for her!

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Thanks for being so caring and generous with your time Laura. It's such a demonstration of love to help somebody in their time of need. You set a good example for all of us. Thanks!

July 17, 2009 - 9:06am
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