Monday, April 16, 2012

Interferon - Day 1

Madeleine’s Blog

April 16, 2012
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Isaiah 41:10

Madeleine had her first Interferon treatment today and is doing amazingly well so far! She is having the treatments daily by IV at Kaiser here in Santa Rosa. To help combat the flu symptoms from the Interferon, they have her take alternating doses of Advil, Tylenol, and Benadryl, as well as lots of fluids. Hopefully she will have a good night tonight, and at this point she is planning to go to school tomorrow.
The nurses we worked with today were very helpful. It was also very interesting to see several of the other cancer patients (who were undergoing treatment in the infusion center) come over to encourage Madeleine as she was beginning her treatment.
Thank you, everyone, for your prayers and encouragement. The nurse says that the symptoms tend to build with time, but we are praying that Madeleine will have grace and strength for each day as it comes. Madeleine may have to be careful about how much she exerts herself, but she is definitely making plans for the Prom and Graduation!

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