OK, seriously, where do they get these names?
I totally get the idea of some brand names, as this article from Pharmacy Times points out. Ambien, Lunesta, even Viagra, all make sense, on some level. But what image am I supposed to conjure up as I think of the name Stivarga? (I suppose it does have some similarity to Viagra, but I can say the effects are most definitely not the same.)
Anyway, I made it through the first three-week cycle, and the first 10 days or so were fine. Then the mouth sores and blisters on my hands and feet happened. Let me tell you something: it ain’t easy walking around with blisters that don’t go away. And when you have blisters on your hands it ain’t a simple thing to open a tube of toothpaste, or brush your teeth, or get dressed, or change an ileostomy bag, or open a ziploc bag, or close it, or open a bottle of juice. But, thanks to my family, I got all those things done. Also, after a quick email exchange with my oncologist, I was able to cut back from four pills daily to three and, then, when I stopped the meds (as is required after 21 days) everything seemed to get a bit better. Now, I seem to be wrestling with incredible exhaustion.
But, at least I know what to expect. That makes things easier for the next go-around.