Chemo and the Red Med Video

In this video, Jane introduces us to the "red med" at one of her chemotherapy treatments.
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The red man, the first drug I’ll get is called Adriamycin, and they call it the red man because it is colored red and as it passes through your body as it is excreted, the dye is excreted through your kidneys and so the first time I used the rest room after I get the red man, you’ll noticed that indeed your urine is red. But you drink a lot of water and then flushes it out of your systems pretty quickly then. It’s really not that much different than any other medication you might have to take. It is toxic to certain cells. I mean at the point of chemotherapy to go in and kill the cancer cells and so you have some side effects from that but it’s part of the healing process, and it’s what you go through. They minimized the side effects that you feel so much with the other drugs that they can give you that it’s not that bad. It is just not that bad. Are chemo treatments painful? Yeah, I don’t really feel pain, sometimes I feel some discomfort at my surgery site, and I really should be limiting the activity I used with my left side. So I should be limiting the activity I use with my left arm. I’m a plain left handed and so I’m very used to doing things with my left arm carrying my purse on left shoulder which I’m not supposed to do. So I have to catch my self sometimes and make sure I switch the suitcase that I carry, my purse to my right shoulder. But other than that I don’t you know, minor aches and pains and discomfort, but I haven’t really felt a lot of severe intense pain. I think the worst you feel is basically kind of wipe out like maybe you have the flu or something and sometimes you just really want to rest. That’s in the middle of the day I think it help, but if you’re working you can’t always do that, but anyway you can come home and curl up on the couch and that feels pretty good.

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