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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-14 12:56
Subject: [cancer] Chemotherapy: it's just like the masochism tango!
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Tags:cancer, food, health, personal
Going on four hours without significant lower GI issues for the first time since Wednesday. God it feels good to stay out of the bathroom for more than 90 minutes at a stretch.

Thanks to chemo and its discontents, last night was another crappy round of sleepfail. Got enough shut-eye in to survive the day without melting down utterly, though I haven't stirred from the chair since returning from Valentine's Day breakfast with shelly_rae.

In the department of other small, annoying things that will likely later turn into larger, more annoying things, I note that my nasal passages have been incredibly dry lately. Both the inside of my nose and the inside of my mouth have begun to develop small, transient sores on an alarmingly regular basis. This is also connected to the recent onset of nosebleeds, in part because I unthinkingly begin scratching at my nose. Oi.

Meanwhile, on the plus I have enjoyed that nice breakfast, and since some leftover Peking duck. And oddly, the body decided to rejoin the libido briefly this weekend, which was welcome, and both symbolically and practically pleasing. Chemo doesn't always keep everything it steals away.

Have I mentioned that chemo sucks?

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shelly_rae: Rae in the Sunshine
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-02-14 21:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Rae in the Sunshine
Hey! Masochism Tango? There were no beatings, whuppings, or bad check writing.

A step forward, a step back, the problem with the cancer dance is that nobody really knows the steps for certain--I guess that means it's a sort of interpretive dance at best. Well then, follow my lead but keep your own pace. One and two, and one two three...
Anon
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2010-02-14 21:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
good to stay out of the bathroom

you might want to consider a raised toilet seat and one that is padded. Less strain on the back and a softer cushion for extended seating.
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User: cypherindigo
Date: 2010-02-14 22:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Saline nasal spray.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-14 22:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Already on it. But still, meh.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-02-15 01:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Use a little Astroglide on the dry nasal tissues. When I get plagued with nosebleeds--happens occasionally in hot and dusty weather--I find that helps keep nasal membranes soft and cuts back on nosebleeds.
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-02-15 02:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mouth sores are a huge chemo thing. Did they set you up with any medication or mouthwash in case this happens? If not, give the doc a call.
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shelly_rae
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-02-15 02:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep. He's got good mouthstuff from his dentist. Staying on top of hydration is huge too.
Anon
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-02-15 02:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good deal.

I found a nice resource on the Mayo Clinic web site explaining why they happen, how they can be treated, and with numerous home remedies and self-help tips:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mouth-sores/CA00054
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auriaephiala
User: auriaephiala
Date: 2010-02-15 02:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You could also try running a warm-mist humidifier, which does wonders in cold dry areas for nose bleeds and dry skin. In your location you shouldn't normally need it, but it wouldn't hurt to run it for a while.
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They Didn't Ask Me
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2010-02-15 03:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Both Ayr and Ocean, makers of saline nasal sprays, make nose gels. Don't overdo them, but an occasional light application may make tender noses feel better. Works with my sinus troubles anyway.

Dr. Phil
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2010-02-15 06:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ugh. I used to be the nosebleed queen when I was younger (it's gotten somewhat better since I moved out here, actually -- all my allergy/nasal issues have improved). I always liked the humidifier more than the saline spray, largely because it required less effort on my part. ;)
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