Drugs I am taking

What drugs I have been taking: Folfirinox (my chemotherapy regimen: Oxaliplatin, Irinotecan, Fluorouracil, Folinic Acid), Emend, Ondansetron, Dexamethasone, Prochlorazine, Creon, Fragmin injections, Nupogen injections, and Citalopram.

What drugs I may start taking: Pot.

My brother likes to repeat joke that I like: You know what they call alternative medicine that’s been proven to work? Medicine.

I’ve heard many suggestions for various alternative medicines, passing along a few to my medical team (doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, dietician, pharmacist) to see what they would say. Everything I mention, they are sceptical about its value, but at least they think a few are harmless. And so if it’s important to me to try those ones, they tell me to go for it. But it’s not important to me if it doesn’t work. I want to know what works. And I don’t want to spend my time and effort on things that do nothing.

But when I asked about marijuana for symptom management, wondering if it had any value at all or it was just another crazy theory, the doctor said, “yeah, let’s get you a prescription.” The nurse practitioner said, “yeah, we’ll get you a prescription to a dispensary. It can help with nausea, low appetite, and insomnia.” The nurse said, “Yeah, most patients here are on pot. And chemo patients have been using it for decades. Make sure to use vaporizers; they’re much better to use than smoking it the old fashioned way.” There was no question of its usefulness. The team was unanimously in favour of me trying it.

So there you have it. Pot was once an alternative medicine, but it ain’t alternative no more. It’s just medicine now.

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