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Rolled on in Earth's diurnal course: Chemotherapy; Friend's stroke
Health Update:
My chemotherapy continues; unpleasant but not very horrible, so far surviving. Around the peak of immune suppression was keeping kitchen and bathroom stuff and hands rather neurotically clean, away from crowds and other people. Using drugs to suppress some of nausea, diarrhoea — able to go to opera (Graeme Murphy production of Aida) — but very tired. Drinking lots of fluids (soup + water, juices, milk), as recommended to counteract effect of cytotoxin on kidneys means I have to keep back & forwarding to toilet a lot.

Friend with stroke, 4 weeks on is conscious! He has fair movement and strength on one side, very little on the other. Still tracheostomy and nasogastric feeding, because his swallowing isn't good, but breathing by himself (yay!). Is doing exercises, or at least practising movements of his limbs, head and throat. He seems frustrated at being unable to speak & tiring easily. Both understandable.
I feel helpless & inadequate. Am hoping to be
  • a) healthier later;
  • b) able to help with further rehabilitation.
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    Moodiness: ambivalent

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    mjlayman From: mjlayman Date: September 11th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
    I'm taking cytoxan to help taper the prednisone (currently 25mg/day) and the doctor said to not only drink as much as I could, but to be sure to pee before I go to bed so I get as much of it out. But I usually end up going a couple times at night, too.

    I'm so happy your friend is doing better! I'm very lucky with this stroke.
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