Friday, July 08, 2005

It's like playing the "side effects" lottery ...

But you don't get a big fat check .. unless you are a Dr....

It's not so hard to find humor in chemotherapy. They give you a list of the numerous possible side effects and then it is up to you to figure out, based on your wacky body reactions, which ones you have. Welcome to the "side effects" lottery. Holly's drawings are on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. What will she win this week??? Let's poke her thigh with a needle and see what comes up, shall we?

Yesterday after a week of Insurance DRAMA, I got my new Intron-A pens. They are quite functional and the needle is small. So far I like it. In terms of giving yourself a shot, it's convenient and simple. Not cheap but simple in design and function much like good art deco furniture.

It's also very concentrated. .2 mls delivers 10 MIU - Now that will pack a punch!

Unlike the last 2 shots; I felt the shot right away. Today my brain is muddy and I have come across a new side effect. I have to confess, I don't like this "new" side effect much. My knees are sore. Not achey but SORE. Sore like I ran a 1/2 Marathon in bad running shoes. I guess this is the possible "joint pain" that they list on the little "info pack".

OR my running sneakers are wearing out....Not likely though since I have not yet gotten more than 2 miles of running in this week and the last run was on Wednesday. I have done a lot of walking this week but not nearly enough running.

Still I am not too discouraged yet. I have not yet tested to see if this pain effects my running or exercise and I have a great coach with plenty of good ideas. I also have access to a pool ... can I say " Water jogging" ... Yes I can!

Hope everybody has a WONDERFUL weekend!

4 comments:

Flatman said...

Good God you are a strong little soldier! Kep your chin up...this will all be over before you know it!

TriFeist said...

The side effect lottery...too funny! Do you have a chart to keep track? You could give yourself points for most obscure side effect or most side effects in one day. Just kidding. :-) Your positive attitude is infectious!

Oldman said...

achy like the flu...joint pain! the side affects are worse than well.. welcome to managed care...i find if you don't manage your care no one will so key a close eye on what they bill you for...

kerihadley said...

hello, it's tuesday night and i'm just watching the tour de france and thinking about you. so glad to see your sense of humor is very much still intact. rock on holly