Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Feeling no Pain

Hey, I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm not in any pain, or even any real discomfort (it's kind of a recurring question). Even the scary-sounding procedures I've been through (bone-marrow exams, spinal tap) are much more uncomfortable after the fact, and a lot of that is due to trivial things like tape and awkward lying positions.

A case in point is when I had my chest catheter installed—basically, a set of I/O ports for keeping the chemo and other drugs flowing, plus allowing for blood draws without having to repeatedly jab me with needles—the surgery took about ten minutes, and the staff and I were joking the entire time. Aside from the pinpricks for the local anaesthetic and the weird sensation of having jacks plugged into me, it was a lot better than, say, stubbing my toe.

The anti-nausea meds are working fine, I guess, because I don't feel sick. On the two occasions I've felt a little twingy—and with the food here, I'm amazed it's only been twice—I've had some natural ginger ale or ginger tea and it's cleared right up.

Oh yeah, and for those of you who knew about my dehydration problems: they tried out a drug on me yesterday that kept me from running to the bathroom, and more or less kept me hydrated. At one point in the afternoon we discovered I was sweating—for the first time in weeks, I realized. I had enough water in me to sweat! Being stinky never felt so good.



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