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“Blah” days

Just reread my post from yesterday and it was obvious I was in a very “blah” mood when I wrote it.  It surprises me a few truly “blah” days I have.  Today I am still suffering some of the chemo side-effects but my legs aren’t aching quite so much.  Tuesday after chemo seems to be the worst time for my bone-marrow to be effected by the chemo, and seeing largest concentration of that is in my femurs (upper legs/thighs) its not surprising they get achy.  I am also having some numbness/tingling in my hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy in med-speak) – this is to do with the taxotere effect on nerves. 

 Still managing to type though LOL

My mood is greatly lifted from yesterday too although it is hard not to worry about the CT scan I am having on Monday.  I feel much more energetic today whereas yesterday all I wanted to do was curl up and doze.  I am even doing a couple of loads of washing. Shock/horror!!!! LOL.  I have also written a newsletter for one of the organisations I am involved in.

Anyway better go and put that other load of washing on

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  1. Diane dotchin

     /  November 25, 2008

    You’re doin great girl. You’re perfectly entitled to a few ‘Blah’ days

  2. Noelia

     /  November 26, 2008

    i would do the washing with you!!! miss you.

  3. cheryl

     /  December 7, 2008

    Blah days are to be expected and it is great that you can share them. It is better to have them out and vent it than to keep them in and get depressed. When all is not right with your world paste on a smile and count your blessings. you would be surprised at how it can uplift your mood and make you realise that we arelucky in so many little ways that we take for granted. My thoughts are with you and keep on your positive attitude It is the number one cure for cancer.


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