Cancer SUCKS

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  • PatdysPatdys Shipmate
    Oh, fuck it all.
  • CameronCameron Shipmate
    Thank you all for your sympathy and kindness. Screaming completed, for now.
  • Feel free to Carry On Screaming, as required.

    Screaming is good - better OUT than IN!
    :wink:
  • AuthorDivaAuthorDiva Shipmate
    So sorry, @Cameron .

    Prayers for all who post on this thread.
  • This belongs in several different threads, but is hellish enough for here. My friend A was sent home from the hospital yesterday when they decided he had recovered sufficiently from the toxic reaction to the chemo (same trick that I worked, oddly enough). Once he was home and comfortable, his son was finally able to tell him today that he had been diagnosed with Covid19 a week ago. Now he has to work on getting his strength back to resume radiotherapy as soon as possible. This is hell.
  • AuthorDivaAuthorDiva Shipmate
    @Stercus Tauri -- I am so sorry about your friend, and I will pray that he will recover from COVID-19 and get his strength back. Yes, this is hellish.
  • To clarify, it's A's son who has the virus, not that it improves the situation much. But thank you.
  • PatdysPatdys Shipmate
    Just a reminder.

    For those affected by cancer and other diseases, you are not forgotten in the noise of Covid.
    My ongoing prayers, my concern and my cursing and railing against the injustice, is only one small voice among so many.

    You still matter.
    We still care.
    I still care.

    Fuck cancer.
  • Patdys wrote: »
    Just a reminder.

    For those affected by cancer and other diseases, you are not forgotten in the noise of Covid.
    My ongoing prayers, my concern and my cursing and railing against the injustice, is only one small voice among so many.

    You still matter.
    We still care.
    I still care.

    Fuck cancer.

    You're great!
  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    Absolutely!!!
  • A men to that.
  • RossweisseRossweisse Shipmate, 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Patdys wrote: »
    Just a reminder.

    For those affected by cancer and other diseases, you are not forgotten in the noise of Covid.
    My ongoing prayers, my concern and my cursing and railing against the injustice, is only one small voice among so many.

    You still matter.
    We still care.
    I still care.

    Fuck cancer.
    Thank you!

  • TwilightTwilight Shipmate
    Another amen to Patdys post! I've been thinking the same thing that you might think we were all so wrapped up in this new thing we forget that you guys are still facing the emperor of diseases. You're still at the top of the prayer list.
  • GalilitGalilit Shipmate
    We are sitting ducks
  • anoesisanoesis Shipmate
    Galilit wrote: »
    We are sitting ducks
    Not to be an arse, but I never quite got that idiom. IIRC, it's not at all the thing for a hunter to shoot at ducks which are not in flight.

    But the main point stands, and I haven't forgotten either :smile:
  • RooKRooK Admin Emeritus
    anoesis wrote: »
    Not to be an arse, but I never quite got that idiom. IIRC, it's not at all the thing for a hunter to shoot at ducks which are not in flight.

    ...Now.
    It's possible that it may harken back to a time when hunting was less about entertainment, and more about nutrition.
  • Amen to Patydys🕯🙏🏼🍀
  • RossweisseRossweisse Shipmate, 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    RooK wrote: »
    anoesis wrote: »
    Not to be an arse, but I never quite got that idiom. IIRC, it's not at all the thing for a hunter to shoot at ducks which are not in flight.

    ...Now.
    It's possible that it may harken back to a time when hunting was less about entertainment, and more about nutrition.
    @RooK, I think you're on to something there.

  • Currently in hospital, but waiting to go home. No panic. I came in to see if a stent in my food pipe would help me eat, in which case one would have been fitted. It turns that I probably don't need it, so I'm waiting to be discharged.

    It has been a bit weird. Weeks of not seeing anyone, and then coming into a place which, though comparatively quiet, is still full of people.
  • Bishops FingerBishops Finger Shipmate
    edited April 8
    Weird indeed.

    Hope you're soon out @Robert Armin - but maybe you'll at least get to talk to people (at a safe distance, of course!), and, also, be able to eat properly in the near future.

    Like, today.
    :wink:
  • Safely home, with a large gin. All is well.
  • I have found that regaining the ability to consume and enjoy a modest quantity of alcohol is the surest indication of improving health. I am very glad to hear it, Robert Armin.
  • AuthorDivaAuthorDiva Shipmate
    Congratulations, @Robert Armin . A large gin is just what a person needs sometimes!
  • RossweisseRossweisse Shipmate, 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Bravo, @Robert Armin. I don't particularly care for GIN - I'm more a large single malt Scotch sort of person - but I appreciate the sentiment.
  • MaryLouiseMaryLouise Purgatory Host, 8th Day Host
    (Robert Armin)
  • All went well, but I'm still hoping I didn't catch anything in hospital. Of course, everyone took loads of precautions. In public areas staff didn't wear masks but lots of distancing. In the ward staff wore little blue face masks and gloves. In the area where I might have had surgery they added what looked like welders' face plates (which made me wonder how they were planning on opening me up).

    Half an hour of a little blue mask drove me crazy. How they are managing long shifts in a demanding job astounds me.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    edited April 9
    Glad to hear it went well and you're back home with a GIN, RA - take care of yourself!
  • RossweisseRossweisse Shipmate, 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Sending a (virtual) large jug of GIN, @Robert Armin! Please take care.
  • Today started well. Took part in a virtual service, which meant i saw parishioners I've not seen for weeks. Then sat outside in the sun, tantalised by the smell of beef bourginnon cooking. It was lovely, soft and tasty - and after two mouthfuls it wasn't going down. So I've spent the rest of the day feeling miserable, as well as hungry.
  • I'm so sorry. I can guess at the feeling, having had my GI tract basically upside down for some time in 2014.
  • AuthorDivaAuthorDiva Shipmate
    So sorry your day did not end as well as it started, @Robert Armin . {{{{{{Hugs}}}}}} to you.
  • RossweisseRossweisse Shipmate, 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Oh, I'm so sorry, @Robert Armin. I can relate. Please feel better soon!
  • This is weird. Having slept for 11 hours I've woken from a dream of being in a triathlon with hundreds of other young people (well, I was young in the dream). This something I've never done, and never had any wish to do, but it seems as though some part of me wants to be fit and active in a way I haven't ever been.
  • Bishops FingerBishops Finger Shipmate
    edited April 13
    Was that your last dream before waking? AIUI, those are sometimes the most vivid, and the most readily remembered, dreams.

    I frequently have my 'ambulance' dream, when I go back quite a few years, and revisit my time as an Ambulanceperson, but that has a basis in reality. I assume the dream means that I wish I could go back to the days when I could walk, run, lift etc. etc.

    Perhaps when you were *ahem* younger and fitter, you could have taken part in a triathlon, even if you never had the desire to do so?

    I wonder if being ill with a Fell Complaint (of whatever sort, not just the Big C) does affect one's dreams? I can't see why it shouldn't, and perhaps this might be the subject of another thread (though not necessarily here in Hell!).
  • cgichardcgichard Shipmate
    @Rossweisse I've noticed you often posting prayer for others, but how are you faring? Have you been able to stay on the trial drug? And do you have enough care and support at home (in addition to the feline ministry, I mean)?
  • RossweisseRossweisse Shipmate, 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Thank you, @cgichard. I'm feeling pretty well, all things considered. I now have to have care 24/7, which is expensive (thank God I bought long-term care insurance a dozen years ago; but the company is slow to pay, and it gets in the way of my privacy), but which enables me to live at home with said felines.

    I had a brain MRI this morning, and got the results this afternoon. The mysterious little spot has not grown, which ought to be a good thing, but of course various teams of specialists still have to weigh in on it. I should know in a few days if I'm to be allowed to stay in the trial. Prayers are greatly appreciated - they do make a difference.

  • @Rossweisse, the prayer mat remains down for all on this thread.
  • MamacitaMamacita Shipmate
    @Rossweisse prayers ascending for you and all who are posting here
  • PatdysPatdys Shipmate
    Thank you for the update.
  • Praying for you, Rossweisse
  • MaryLouiseMaryLouise Purgatory Host, 8th Day Host
    Praying you might be able to stay in the trial, Ross, thanks for the update.
  • Prayers for @Rossweisse .

    Can I whinge a bit more please? I'm trying to have breakfast, and now cheesecake isn't going down. This is the fourth day of having problems eating and I'm really fed up.
  • MaryLouiseMaryLouise Purgatory Host, 8th Day Host
    ((Robert))
  • Whinge away @Robert Armin - but is there anything nourishing (perhaps SOUP) that you can keep down?

    And have you contacted your GP/Consultant?

    IANAD, but don't leave it too long.
  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    @Rossweisse and @Robert Armin 🕯🕯
  • @Rossweisse and @Robert Armin 🕯🕯🙏🏼🙏🏼🐈🧸

  • BF's suggestion above is a good one. We have two friends working through the collateral damage from chemical warfare, and we make regular soup runs to them. Vegetable soups seem to be the easiest for the body to process (and to make). Leek and potato soup (with garlic and just a trace of ginger) seems to be the most popular. Praying and cursing are quite helpful too, but it's the soup that's most enthusiastically received.

    Talking of which, A has just about recovered from the chemo and will resume radiation on Thursday. He's been promised no more chemo as long as he lives.
  • RossweisseRossweisse Shipmate, 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    The medical PTB agree: I can continue in the study, and receiving treatment, for another 6 to 8 weeks, when I'll have another MRI and they will reevaluate once again. (I'm going to push for eight weeks.) Deo gratias!

  • ClimacusClimacus Shipmate
    Thanks be to God, indeed. I'm very happy for you, Rossweisse.

    Best wishes for A, ST.

    My thoughts and best wishes, Robert.
  • Rossweisse wrote: »
    The medical PTB agree: I can continue in the study, and receiving treatment, for another 6 to 8 weeks, when I'll have another MRI and they will reevaluate once again. (I'm going to push for eight weeks.) Deo gratias!

    Thanks be to God!!!
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