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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-08 05:39
Subject: [cancer] A wrapper on chemo infusion session three
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Tags:calendula, cancer, family, health, shellyrae
This one went a little easier in some ways, and a little harder in others. I had more dread heading into infusion day last Friday. shelly_rae and my family were magnificent, calendula_witch was much missed. I spent more time resting and sleeping this weekend, including 9.25 hours last night, after unhooking. Which makes me feel very deprived, given my usual habits and productivity. The chemo bottle ritual [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] was not nearly so overwhelming this time.

I am down three, nine to go. As calendula_witch says, I'm not actually sick right now, they've taken the second tumor out of me. I'm doing this preventatively. So far my cancer has been like an exotic Soap Opera Disease — potentially fatal, but right now I'd still leave a good looking corpse. No wasting away for me. Not yet, anyway.

It's all so strange.

tillyjane is staying at the house to look after me until tomorrow, as I tend to forget to eat these first two days, then Bad Things happen. This week I have the digestive shedding to look forward to, along with the usual fatigue nonsense. Some social life occurs later this week, then calendula_witch returns, followed by the return of shelly_rae. My life is lived in the rhythms of the tide of chemo.

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desperance
User: desperance
Date: 2010-02-08 18:10 (UTC)
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My life is lived in the rhythms of the tide of chemo.

Yes, this. It's one of the prime lessons, for both patients and their carers, that you need to listen for the rhythm and get into it. For you - not being actually sick, yay! - it's the increasingly predictable rhythm of the medication, rather than the vagaries and the whittling-away of disease, but the principle absolutely applies.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-02-08 18:40 (UTC)
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No wasting away at all would be optimal.
Just sayin'.
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