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  •  I start my final chemo on Friday (4+ / 0-)
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    2 hours in the hospital, than hooked up to an infuser for another 46 hours. I figure it will be disconnected by 11 AM on Sunday. I can't wait. Luckily, I haven't had a lot of side effects. My oncologist calls me "The Lizard Man", because my body seems to heal really fast. I had 18" of my colon removed on a Wednesday afternoon, and by Friday night I was home eating a turkey sandwich and ice cream. It's now been 6 months since I've had ice cream due to the neuropathy from the chemo (the only side effect I've had). As soon as that goes away, it's ice cream for dinner. That 1st ice cream headache is going to feel like an orgasm.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:36:21 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, it's great to reach that milestone. (3+ / 0-)
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      Good for you. Such a tough haul!
      But your onco doc has a point. Wow--48 hours post-surgery eating a turkey sandwich!
      FWIW, did I already mention to you that acupuncture did wonders for my neuropathy? It doesn't work for everyone, but it did for me, and quickly.
      It's heading into ice cream cone season now too. Hope you don't have much longer to wait for that.

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      by peregrine kate on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:48:17 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks (3+ / 0-)
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        I haven't tried acupuncture, but I find playing the guitar really helps with the neuropathy in my fingers. The neuropathy in my feet went away with the cold weather. It's the tongue and lips neuropathy that's really annoying, but I figure it will go away quickly once I'm done with chemo.

        I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

        by jhecht on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:59:06 AM PDT

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        •  That is a very pleasant remedy. Glad you found (1+ / 0-)
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          something that works for you.

          Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

          by peregrine kate on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 08:32:08 AM PDT

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        •  Congratulations on finishing! (2+ / 0-)
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          Some neuropathies go away.  Some you get used to.  The neural pathways in your mouth should heal once the chemo finishes, if only because there are so many of them that the undamaged ones should take over for the ones that go numb.  I hope.

          I don't have feeling in the ends of my fingers.  I burn myself all the time.  It's earned me the "asbestos hands" award. And if it hurt, I wouldn't joke about it.

          "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

          by DrLori on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 08:43:16 AM PDT

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