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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-11 05:59
Subject: [cancer|personal] Sometimes I win one
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
Yesterday was shedding day. This has been discussed previously on the blog, so I won't go into the extensive TMI embedded in that concept, but rest assured that if you never have to go through such a process yourself, you will live a very happy life. After prior episodes of sleepfail, and self-management issues around the combination of Imodium and Lorazepam (somehow I'd convinced myself that this particular set of drugs was a moral failing), I took the bull by the horns and took the pills by the mouth.

Presto digito! Almost nine hours of perfectly solid sleep, with two brief interruptions of the usual but not distressing sort. Boy do I feel better.

Yes, sometimes I do listen to my doctors and my caregivers. Today seems like a win, like I anticipated and controlled a difficult side effect with complete success. That isn't such a common feeling for me. I am learning.

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shelly_rae: Spoons
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-02-11 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is me hugging you! Yay. I'm glad you learn fast.
See you tomorrow!
love et
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-11 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay tomorrow!


Spoon Boy
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-02-11 15:24 (UTC)
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Yay! Good for you on anticipating and controlling that side effect. That's half the battle won right there when you're going through something like chemo. Learning your cycles so you can cope gives you power over the body instead of the body controlling you.
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2010-02-11 15:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What others said and sleeping well is the key to healing. Also, apparently this list of foods: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/10/highlights-from-ted.html Is key in fighting the blood flow to cancer cells which is important to fighting cancer itself.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2010-02-11 15:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Utter and total WIN! You're a smart guy, even when chemo-addled.
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User: zxhrue
Date: 2010-02-11 15:56 (UTC)
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drugs are your friends ftw!
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-02-11 15:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, sometimes I do listen to my doctors and my caregivers.... I am learning.

I had no doubt that you would. I'm so glad you had a good night.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-02-11 16:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay win.
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User: deckard7
Date: 2010-02-11 16:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't think you need to view a drug like Lorazepam as some kind of failing. I've seen plenty of people who obviously abuse a drug like this for no good reason, but I've also seen just as many people derive an enormous benefit from it. When fighting cancer take whatever you need to aid in the fight, when its over, toss it to the side.

As an aside, I just started following your journal and discovered your writing and have been enjoying both very much.

All the best in your battle
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-11 16:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you, very much. And yes, trying to fight smart.
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The Empress of Ice Cream
User: icecreamempress
Date: 2010-02-11 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad you found a hack that worked for you.
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The NewroticGirl: staying in bed
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2010-02-11 20:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:staying in bed
Yay sleep!
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