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I had several of the above symptoms listed. The facial edema has been one that has been present increasingly more each chemo treatment. It seems to be more of a redness in the face and flushing that comes and goes. This time it decided to stay and get worse. Because of the allergic reaction my chemo was suspended and I did not receive my normal dosage amount. I am told that this is no big deal right now. As for future chemo treatments I don't know about that either. There is much to discuss. This was a very scary ordeal for me. My primary oncology doctor was not in town when all of this happened so I will have another follow-up appointment with her on December 14th, which is when I am scheduled to have my 10th round of chemo.(I am hoping for maybe an earlier appointment to discuss options and allow time for prayer.) Case studies point to a re-occurrence of these clinical symptoms when oxaliplatin is administered again.
The nurses were excellent and moved quickly to make me comfortable and treat the symptoms I had. If you are allergic to a bee sting and have a reaction to that you know what I am talking about. If you have been stung once and reacted poorly you avoid getting stung again. If you do get stung you make sure you have an antihistamine readily available. Great caution and care must be taken. It is my earnest prayer now that God would grant us and doctors wisdom as we sort all of this out. It gives new meaning to the phrase practicing medicine...I just don't like to be the one they are practicing on! We know that God is faithful and can work out the details of an impossible situation. Praying for that peace and comfort now. I am so grateful to so many of you for praying for me daily. One just can't be prepared for something like this. It gives me great comfort knowing how your prayers cover me.