Finally, the Trib took the liberty of asking “Just how badly is Mayor O’Connor doing right now?”
- In each of his intravenous doses of the agent methotrexate, O’Connor is receiving 14,000 milligrams of the drug — more than 450 times the 30-milligram dose given to people with most head and neck cancers. “It’s an extraordinarily high dose,” Kirschbaum said. “Not too long ago we used to go 3 grams of methotrexate and that was considered a high dose.”
- O’Connor’s dose is extremely toxic and potentially damaging to his organs. “You’re hitting a person really hard with those doses,” Kirschbaum said. “You’ll affect the liver, the marrow and other parts of the body. Patients get pretty darn sick.” So sick, their bodies weaken and they’re often unable to walk and eat for weeks at a time.
- O’Connor, 61, has been hospitalized 24 days at UPMC Shadyside and is so weak he’s undergoing an intensive physical rehabilitation regimen in his hospital room. His body is puffy and he has struggled with bouts of hiccups.
So all of this news totally gels with the fact that the Mayor’s physical therapy was delayed for so long, that he’s never been released when they say he will, and that he is getting toxic doses of chemo, the next of which will take place on Monday.
And says Dick Skrinjar, Mayor O’Connor’s Chief of Making Shit Up, to this news when questioned by the Trib?
“His condition improves every day,” Skrinjar said.