[cancer] Losing bits of ground to enemy action

Three new side effects issues today. First, I had a nosebleed around midday. Wasn’t too dramatic, but that’s something I can go years and year without experiencing in my everyday life. Given that my platelet count is dropping while my blood pressure is rising, due to chemo, I can probably expect more, and messier, nosebleeds.

Second, I noticed while brushing my hair I can see more of my scalp than ever. Not balding per se, but the thinning seems to be setting in. You can imagine my joy.

Third, this is the first time peripheral neuropathy has not been transient. I’ve been having problems with my feet and fingertips off and on all day. I think I let my core temperature drop a little too much this afternoon, which may be a contributing factor, but, grr.

Also having the usual “I took too much Imodium yesterday” problems today, to the point now where eating is becoming difficult due to the general backup all the way through my GI. Yes, I’m doing what needs to be done pharmaceutically and nutritionally, but no, this does very little to promote my sense of well-being.

I’m watching myself very slowly fall apsrt, and I know this won’t begin to repair until July at the earliest.

3 thoughts on “[cancer] Losing bits of ground to enemy action

  1. You can do this.

    It sucks. Nothing about it is pleasant. But you can do this.

    Don’t give up. So many of us are behind you.

  2. Nora Kelly says:

    Neuropathy sucks. I am diabetic, and have struggled with it in my feet and legs (and to a lesser extent, my fingertips). One thing I’ve found to bring a bit of relief is Tiger Balm massages. I hope that can help you.

    Prayers, good thoughts, lit candles and chickens spun over the head whilst standing in pentagrams are all coming your way.

  3. Stevie says:


    There are times when watching ourselves can be too much of a good thing, even for a writer.

    Sometimes what it does is paint us into a corner, and at that point we have to remind ourselves that if needs be we can text a friend who will drop by and take a sledgehammer to the wall, enabling us to exit via the hole.

    My particular sledgehammer is stuff called Taurolin.

    Last summer I had a rather spectacular bout of pneumonia, when my longstanding multi-resistant mucoid pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection decided that it was going to man up and qualify for the intergalactic all-comers pan-resistant bug stakes.

    It did it very well.

    This is Not A Good Thing, at least from my perspective, so following a fortnight of intravenous industrial strength doses of the usual ‘kill everything in sight’ suspects, I embarked upon the novel therapy of nebulising Taurolin.

    This was Definitely A Good Thing, since I am back to harbouring a mere multi-resistant colony of mucoid pseudomonas aeruginosa.

    What with that, and the azithromycin which doesn’t actually kill bugs but screws up the colony’s quorum sensing abilities, things are looking a great deal better than they did last summer.

    Things are going to look a great deal better for you as well…

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