Robb’s Life Chapter 24 – A Drug Treatment More Toxic Than Chemo

Robb clowns around as the visiting nurse checks the insertion site on his arm.

Robb clowns around as the visiting nurse checks the insertion site on his arm.

In late September, 1995, Robb was in the middle of a 21-day drug treatment for cytomegalovirus, a common virus associated with AIDS. The drug was more toxic than chemotherapy.

A visiting nurse stopped by several times a week to check how he was doing, clean the arm where the tube was inserted, and make sure he wasn’t having trouble with the machine administering the drug.

Robb had been sick for a couple of weeks and he was getting a lot of mail at WHBF-TV, and I would take the cards and letters to him.

This episode shows the visiting nurse, and Robb discusses the mail he is getting, including one horrible letter from someone in Clinton, Iowa.

This blog is recreating Robb’s Life as it originally aired during the last year of Robb Dussliere’s life. Please help keep Robb’s legacy alive and donate a few dollars to the DeLaCerda House — Robb’s favorite charity that provides housing for homeless HIV and AIDS clients in the Quad Cities. Go to www.delacerdahouseinc.org and click the Donate button on the right side of the screen.

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