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I had oozing [:$] and a nurse finally dug down into the wound and found that complete healing was being prevented by a plug of Fibrin.

Might be worth asking about.

Chemo is much better than the horror stories you here from the past.

She will probably have to have a "PAC" (a 'porte à catheter' inserted under the skin in the shoulder or neck.

This is used for each session of Chemo, and avoids the constant need to put needles into the arm etc for a drip.

The first thing they give you along with water to hydrate your system is something to avoid nausea.

I had almost NO side effects apart from a lowering of the white blood cells after each session, which needed the time between treatments to come back up to a reasonable level.

Each different cancer needs a different 'cocktail' of drugs to treat it, and each cocktail has its specific side effects, which they will tell you about before the start.

I have just had some good news which is that mine is clear for the moment  after my Op and Chemo, so it is pretty usual that all goes fine.

Keep believing ...

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Hi all. 

The "oozing" (which I refer to as bleeding like a stuck pig, btw) is a bit off and on and the medics seem far less concerned about it than I am.

The visit to the oncologist was not much fun.  She gave me a list of possible side effects and declared dismissively that I will certainly loose my hair (uncut for three years) and and possibly suffer from loads of other stuff to boot, for which she has prescribed a whole list of drugs and we haven't even started on the treatment yet.[:-))]

Indeed, Norman, a PAC will be inserted and then all the fun starts.  In theory just 6 treatments at 3 week intervals before they take a look to see that all goes well so if the plan works then it should only write off the rest of 2011 and a bit of 2012.  Happily, I appear to have been prescribed the very latest drugs which Overcome (I'll leave you all to figure out what their specialism is!) suggest are the best so keep everything crossed for us.  Happily, I have the best support on the planet under my roof so it's easier to be positive about it than I know it is for some.  Of course you know I mean the cats.....[Www] (not).

Thanks to all (I keep saying that but I really do mean it) for their positive thoughts and kind words - they really do help. 

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[quote user="NormanH"]I have just had some good news which is that mine is clear for the moment  after my Op and Chemo, so it is pretty usual that all goes fine.



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Me too,

Just as Norman says, minimal side effects, a nice crisp apple helped with the nausea, hospital sandwiches didn't [:D]

Chin up. wishing you all the best.

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The visit to the oncologist was not much fun.  She gave me a list of possible side effects and declared dismissively that I will certainly loose my hair (uncut for three years) and and possibly suffer from loads of other stuff to boot, for which she has prescribed a whole list of drugs and we haven't even started on the treatment yet.[:-))] 

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 Go on - treat yourself ! [:)]

http://www.mynewhair.org/Home.aspx

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I have just had some good news which is that mine is clear for the moment  after my Op and Chemo, so it is pretty usual that all goes fine.
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Without wishing to highjack Coops' thread (and to whom I add my best wishes as with everyone), just like to say great news for you Sir.

Trust that you continue to keep the bad guys at bay.

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Very nice to hear from you, Coops! Well, you might lose your hair with the chemo they're planning for you - and maybe not. If you do, it's just hair - although I know your hair is long and lovely. There are wigs etc if it does go - or you might just fancy the bold bald look - but with the cold weather on the way, maybe not!  [:)]

It's good to hear from Norman that all is going well with him, and Teapot too; good news about treatment gives us all a lift, as we all seem to know so many undergoing cancer treatments.

Coops, everything will definitely be crossed!  [:D]

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    Cooperlola I've been reading this thread and like everyone else here , been wishing you well. Just thought I would share the text below with you ( if I have managed to copy-paste it).

It is one of a collection of texts/poems written by my friend who has been  ill and lost her hair twice as a result of chemio treatment. To put this in context, it was written after a group of us had been out for lunch and some rather insensitive over-wined oaf had craned his neck a bit...When she first brought it to show me she read it with a bit of a glint in her eye and a chuckle....' My hair ? Gone? Does it matter? my hair is just my facade....'

I'd give you a copy of her book if I could think of a way of getting it to you- some nice stuff...childhood, friendships, 1970's in Algeria... her reflections on la maladie make up only one small chapter

 

 

C’EST  JUSTE  UNE  BALLADE

 

 

 

Pourquoi tu me regardes

Ai-je l’air malade ?

Tout ça n’est qu’une parade

Ecoute plutôt ma sérénade

 

 

Mon cœur bat la chamade

Il faut que tu le lézardes

Pourquoi toutes ces salades

Chante plutôt une aubade

 

 

Ils sont partis en ballade

Avec une envie d’escapade

Pourquoi toutes ces tirades

Ecoute plutôt le chant des cascades

 

 

C’est juste une promenade

Pourquoi toutes ces tornades

Les cheveux c’est juste une façade

Regarde plutôt les étoiles par myriade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                       F.Bausseron

 

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Sue, that's one of those poems that make you smile one minute, wipe off your smile the next, reflect on the difficulties of your life one minute and be thankful the next.

It makes you grin at the rhyming devices and, whilst you are aware of the author "working out" the technicalities of the poem and the complexities of life, you know that, at one time or another, it will resonate with the stuff that goes on, day in, day out and over which you might not have total control but which, if accepted with good grace, is a lot easier to bear.  

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It reminds me of one of my late mother's sayings - "What can't be cured must be endured" and also her reason for not worrying. If you can do something about it go on and do that and don't waste energy worrying. If you can't do anything about it then worrying isn't going to make it better.

Just remember that what most of us admire and love in our friends is their inner character and personality not their looks. Looks can always be improved by a makeover. The real person is the real jewel in the crown

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Rabbie, what a philosopher you are!  And, no that's not one of jokey, irreverent remarks.  I so agree with everything you have said.

It's not always easy to "go back to basics" but, when we do, it makes everything so much more comprehensible.

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The internet's been unavailable all morning.  Surprising how cut off it makes one feel - what did we do in the past for goodness's sake?

I've heard all the arguments about the hair thing but it really is a big thing for me.  When I was young I was always being mistaken for a boy and my mother wouldn't allow long hair so I got quite sensisitive about it.  Daft really, especially now as two of my other attributes make it pretty obvious I'm a girlie....[Www][:D]  But it's surpising how these things continue to haunt one long after it ceases to matter.  Luckily, I love hats and have loads of them. Time to drag the hat boxes out from under the bed.  I also have been given a prescription for a wig.  Blimey there are some hideous ones on the internet!  I thought maybe I'd go bright purple or something or buy several cheap, outrageous ones.   Something I'm supposed to discuss with the nurse when I meet her.  Do top-up insurers contribute anything, does anybody know?  Guess I'll have to ask them but there seems to be quite a lot to sort out, suddenly, especially as the final meetings with the insurance (post my accident) are fast approaching also.  Some retirement, wot?

Norman and Teapot, so glad your news is positive.  Onwards and upwards, you guys.[:)]

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