Monthly Archives: June 2011

Kicking a gift horse in the mouth

Or: Look Good, Feel Better! (no actual horses were harmed in the making of this blog) ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ is a program run by the American Cancer Society where for the cost of an hour and a half of time, … Continue reading

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One Size Does NOT Fit All

I went in today for a follow-up questionnaire for the study I’m enrolled in and a blood draw for a Complete Blood Count (CBC); I brought my colored pencils to shade in the areas of my body in which I’d … Continue reading

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This Year

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii6kJaGiRaI Well, I thought I was through the worst of it, and if this was what the pattern was going to be, I could live with it. Roughly two days jacked up on steroids; two to three days of moderate … Continue reading

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Better…

Not quite perfect yet, but definitely better… and back to coffee!

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Stealing time

I can chase the pain with Tylenol or Aleve, get it down to a dull roar and steal some time back, but I can’t take enough to really do the job without exceeding the daily maximum dosage. I’m trying to … Continue reading

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Day 3

Was fine until noon and then crashed hard.  Flu like symptoms, loss of appetite, congestion, body aches (particularly legs), stomach cramping,  yellow diarrhea, and utter exhaustion. poor little bunny… http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/6c5d06bc3f/man-flu-from-stuart

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The widening gyre

Besides going in for my Neulasta shot yesterday, I also gave my blood up for genetic testing for the BRAC genes yesterday – there’s a small risk (approx. 10%) that the test will come back positive in three weeks or … Continue reading

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This is How it Works

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygErvtmZcmE Entering Chemoland, visa in hand, three liters of fluids down my throat the day before; up to the hospital by 8:00, valet parking and in the door with Mom… Appointment at 8:15, paperwork and called in first time a … Continue reading

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Add It Up

Three months of chemo (July August into September); recovery (rest of September); six weeks radiation (October; half or more of November). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmo6qyhdav8 Yes, it’s really going to be that long.      

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double flush good

“Your body fluids (urine, stool, and vomit) will contain active chemotherapy ingredients for 2-3 days following your treatments. Please take precautions to ensure members of your family are not exposed to these fluids. Please double flush the toilet at home … Continue reading

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