Cancer SUCKS

16465676970

Comments

  • Robert ArminRobert Armin Shipmate

    ION, I keep getting adverts on my email page for 'Funeral Planing Services' (yes, that is the speeling). Makes me think one is expected to make one's own coffin, and make it nicely, or else...

    Presumably The Old Rugged Cross isn't allowed?
  • edited May 19
    Twilight wrote: »
    I've told him I want him to play his other practice song at my funeral, "Tangerine."

    This one? Can I come? :smiley: (last a couple of decades more and I'll learn the Paul Desmond alto part).
  • TwilightTwilight Shipmate
    edited May 20
    Yes, Mark, that's the one, You can come. I'd like to have some on sing the lyrics too.

    Robert, I love "Just as I Am." The first time I heard it, it was sung by Willie Nelson on his "The Red Headed Stranger," album.
  • RooKRooK Admin Emeritus
    I expect "My Pet Coelacanth" to be played at nigh-ear-damaging volumes during my wake. As is right and correct.
  • RossweisseRossweisse 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Last night I had an Incident: I was getting ready for bed when I suddenly, abruptly, had to sit down. Once seated (on said bed, conveniently), I collapsed onto my left side. I tried to talk, and I knew what I was trying to say, but my aide thought the babble meant that I was having a stroke, and wanted to take me immediately to the ER.

    When I recovered (I told her, "I was just speaking in tongues!" but she didn't get it), I called my internist's practice partner; she considered that it might have been a TIA, but agreed that it was probably due to my being extremely anemic, which can cause dangerously low blood pressure. She further agreed that the Germ Farm is not a good place for people like me, so said that I could go to bed if I promised to call an ambulance if it happened again. It didn't, so I didn't.

    It was frightening, though; a stroke/TIA was a possibility that had frankly never occurred to me. You think you have everything covered, but...
  • Graven ImageGraven Image Shipmate
    Glad you seem to have recovered..I agree it must have been frightening for you and your aide. Now get mad at Trump and raise that blood pressure, I am sure that would be easy.
  • Robert ArminRobert Armin Shipmate
    Praise the Lord @Rossweisse! You've been baptised in the Spirit!

    Seriously though, that sounds scary. Prayers ascending.
  • Bishops FingerBishops Finger Shipmate
    edited May 21
    Amen.

    When they were telling me about the dangers of my brain surgery, back in 2016, the consultant went through the possible side-effects of the operation...

    1. Death - OK, thought I, that's nothing to worry about...
    2. A Stroke - Ah, thought I, now that is something to worry about...

    There was other, less drastic, stuff, but those were the two biggies.

    TBTG, I suffered neither.


  • TwilightTwilight Shipmate
    So sorry about The Incident, Ross. How frightening. I'm sorry about the anemia, too. I was severely anemic when I was pregnant many years ago and I still remember the inexpressible fatigue. It was worse than no energy it was like negative energy. I would sit on the couch thinking, in a few minutes I'm going to have to get up and go to the bathroom, and tears would roll down my cheeks in self pity.
  • Nick TamenNick Tamen Shipmate
    I’m sure that was frightening, Ross. Here’s hoping that The Incident can be remembered as The Isolated Incident.

  • RooKRooK Admin Emeritus
    Ross seems to be going for the absolute full spectrum of human experiences.
  • Robert ArminRobert Armin Shipmate
    Don't be greedy Ross. Leave something for the rest of us!
  • NicoleMRNicoleMR Shipmate
    ((Ross)) No more incidents, ok?
  • RossweisseRossweisse 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    That's the plan, @Robert Armin and @NicoleMR. Thank you! (Don't be jealous, @RooK.)

    The story of how my blood pressure became dangerously elevated fewer than twelve hours later is recounted on the "Today I Consign to Hell" thread in All Saints. Today, however, has been pretty normal. Deo gratias.

  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    Deo Gratias indeed 🕯!
  • MamacitaMamacita Shipmate
    Good Lordt! That's enough excitement for one weekend, @Rossweisse. And it's only Friday!
  • jedijudyjedijudy Heaven Host, 8th Day Host
    Ross, I hope you have no more Incidents!!!
  • Indeed. May you have a completely normal weekend.
  • RossweisseRossweisse 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Thank you. The current plan is to stay within (because rain is forecast) and write for my employer.
  • PatdysPatdys Shipmate
    Indeed. May you have a completely normal weekend.

    Given my experience of the new normal, but I suggest you have a joyful abnormal week!
    It really is a strange fucking world we live in. Please feel free to occupy it as long as you wish.
  • AuthorDivaAuthorDiva Shipmate
    I have been away from this thread (and the Ship) for a number of days, so I have been missing all the new information.

    @Rossweisse , I am so happy that you are still here with us and were able to call your oncologist on May 1. And I am sorry about your scary incident. I hope you will not have any more of them.

    Prayers and thoughts for everyone on this thread.
  • RossweisseRossweisse 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Thank you, @AuthorDiva! (If I have another of those Incidents, I have promised to go to the Germ Farm, and I would much prefer not to do that. So I shall focus on not having another one.)
  • Robert ArminRobert Armin Shipmate
    One advantage of my present situation. I am taking advantage of the good weather by sitting outside, working on my tan, and occasionally going pink. Several people have warned me of the dangers of this. My response is,"What's the worst that can happen?".
  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    Well done, @Robert Armin 😂!
  • TwilightTwilight Shipmate
    One advantage of my present situation. I am taking advantage of the good weather by sitting outside, working on my tan, and occasionally going pink. Several people have warned me of the dangers of this. My response is,"What's the worst that can happen?".

    Exactly! I'll add, "Getting my first good tan, ever," to things I plan to do if my doctor ever gives me a definite timeline. At the top has always been, "Buy a carton of cigarettes and set up a comfy seat on the porch." I quit smoking in 1993 and I still crave them. That's a real downside for COVID-19 for me. I'm sure they frown on smoking with a ventilator.
  • RossweisseRossweisse 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    One advantage of my present situation. I am taking advantage of the good weather by sitting outside, working on my tan, and occasionally going pink. Several people have warned me of the dangers of this. My response is,"What's the worst that can happen?".
    As my internist tells me, "You can do anything you want!" (Mostly, I'm staying up consistently too late, and drinking an extra glass of wine whilst doing so. Oh, and there's chocolate involved, too.)

  • Robert ArminRobert Armin Shipmate
    Chocolate should always be involved! (It's almost all I can eat these days, so I am very lucky.)
  • GalilitGalilit Shipmate

    There's nothing like GIN to flatten the curve, unless it's a treble followed by a double ... should have done it last week
    I also have a Toblerone in the fridge ... payment for a wee translation I did for someone the day before yesterday

    Cancer: be damned; Covid19/Corona Virus ditto. I'm still here!
    I shall read Edward Abbey (Monkey Wrench Gang) till I fall asleep

    Life doesn't get much better than this these days
    Prayers for all
  • Robert ArminRobert Armin Shipmate
    Galilit wrote: »
    Cancer: be damned; Covid19/Corona Virus ditto. I'm still here!

    Cheers!
  • RossweisseRossweisse 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Cheers!
  • MamacitaMamacita Shipmate
    Raising a glass to you all!
  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    I’ll join you!
  • AnselminaAnselmina Shipmate
    Keeping up the prayers for all here!
  • Robert ArminRobert Armin Shipmate
    This thread has gone quiet. Is everyone ok?
  • Bishops FingerBishops Finger Shipmate
    edited June 9
    Good Lord - so it has!

    Hopefully, it's a case of 'no news is good news', IYSWIM, though I think some of the regular denizens have posted recently on Other Threads...
    :worried:

    How's yourself @Robert Armin ?
  • SarasaSarasa Shipmate
    My brother is going back into hospital for another operation next week. From what I understand it's to see what's going on as he is still not really any better than he was when he left hospital in January. There will probably be another operation after they've decided what needs doing. I don't know if the cancer has returned or not, but all in all it is a bugger.
  • Cancer, its friends, relatives and the horse it rode in on, are all buggers. I was just about to throw in another seething rant about the lymphoedema that comes with it, but you've heard it all before. As my niece's husband puts it so eloquently, fuc* fuc* fuc* fuc*adilly.
  • PatdysPatdys Shipmate
    Typo fixed.
    Lymphofuckedema.

    And I am happy to read every rant, irrespective of what has come before.


  • Robert ArminRobert Armin Shipmate
    Good Lord - so it has!

    Hopefully, it's a case of 'no news is good news', IYSWIM, though I think some of the regular denizens have posted recently on Other Threads...
    :worried:

    How's yourself @Robert Armin ?

    I'm fine, but have problems eating. My diet is now: Weetabix, cheesecake, houmous, chocolate and ice cream, and I'm getting a bit bored with it.
  • That diet sounds pretty good to me apart from cheesecake, which I can't stand, but I suppose anything gets boring if it doesn't vary. While rebooting my own system I found that home-made oatmeal biscuits worked remarkably well. I hope the Ship's universal recommendation of red wine finds its way in occasionally.
  • GalilitGalilit Shipmate
    Feeling pretty rough the past 5 days with fatigue and General Weakness- tonight is the last pill of this drug cycle (#27)
    Then 7 days of recovery.
    It's amazing how less bad I feel if I don't push myself. The past 2 days I have been very quiet and planned everything ahead of time to fit in with my Energy Flows. So much has got done!
    I am waking earlier (5am) and it is so lovely and cool (22 degC) and the birds begin to chirp and I sometimes make a little 20 second recording of them on my phone and send to friends. Sometimes I walk out to my "spots" and lately have been sitting at our table-under-the-tree which gives lots of shade. As long as I'm back inside by 9.30 I can avoid the photo-sensitvity of my drugs
    It's a bugger really ... if and when I think about it. But my markers are wayyyy down now, my disease is not progressing and I feel fine (or thereabouts) 20 days of the 28 day cycle. Covid19 is pretty controlled here so that is one less worry
  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    Prayers for you all 🕯
  • RossweisseRossweisse 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    edited June 11
    I'm hanging in - and faithfully consuming my daily doses of red wine, thank you very much. I had my brain MRI yesterday; everything is stable, but the docs in the study research group remain concerned about some little spots that showed up in March. The spots have not changed. Don't said docs have anything better about which to fuss?

  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    Well done, @Rossweisse!
  • TwilightTwilight Shipmate
    Yes, well done indeed Rossweisse, everything bad seems to have stopped!

    And Galilit I love how your day goes! It's very much like mine and though I don't have cancer I'm old and share your fatigue and General Weakness and like you I love the mornings and plan all my housework for that delightful burst of energy I get then. Energy or caffeine not sure which, I just know that things I can do with pleasure in the morning make me cry in the afternoon.

    I'm really happy you're enjoy things again.
  • @Rossweisse: "Don't said docs have anything better about which to fuss?"

    Agreed. In the UK I reckon that the Tories have so overfunded the NHS that doctors are looking for things to do....
  • RossweisseRossweisse 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Today I got word that the neuro-radiologist who wanted to kick me out of the study back in March because he thought the brain freckle was cancer says he doesn't know what it is, but that it's stable, and he's not going to worry about it. Deo gratias!
  • Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen.
  • RossweisseRossweisse 8th Day Host, Hell Host
    Ahhh-men!
  • Nick TamenNick Tamen Shipmate
    Hooray!
Sign In or Register to comment.