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The Toxic Twins

Well, this is my 5th week of chemo and my 2nd periodic update. Chemo consists of 5 decadron pills and 10 procytox pills - the toxic twins - every Monday morning. In my first go-round with the beast 2 years ago my chemotherapy was intravenous. The pills are more convenient - no weekly trips to the hospital - but they're no less effective.

And the treatment brings with it the same wonderful side effects. The biggest side effect is lack of energy. The couch and I have a most intimate relationship these days and are on a first-name basis. The second is insomnia, particularly the first 2-3 nights after chemo. Hello, again, couch. I'd have to say the third effect is an increased appetite but that's neutralized by a distinct lack of taste. As in tasting food - I still can't dress myself appropriately. And finally, I notice a diminished ability to focus over an extended period of time. Wha? What was I just saying?

The other Toxic Twins

Before I zone out completely, did you hear about the guy who hand't been feeling well so he decided to see his doctor. The doctor examined him and referred him to the hospital to see various specialists. After a couple of weeks, all the test results came through, so the guy returned to see his doctor.

"I'm very sorry", said the doctor. "I'm afraid I have bad news and worse news."

"Tell me the worst."

"I'll be honest, you have cancer, you'll be dead in three months."

"Shit! " said the guy. "What on earth is the bad news?"

"You also have Alzheimer's Disease."

"Alzheimer's? Oh well, at least I don't have cancer."


Lady Banana said…
How lovely you such a good sense of humour! When my sis had chemo it made her terribly sick (this was in 2002) Has this improved these days?
nonamedufus said…
Lady B: Ummm...yeah. I'm not there yet but given my experience from my last go-round I expect it soon enough.
Quirkyloon said…
Hey, hey, hey!

I know you may not be feeling well (hugs) but let's leave my favorite toxic twins alone!

I can't believe Stevie-poo has left! He's gotta get back with the band.

It ain't Aerosmith without Steven Tyler AND Joe Perry.

GUYS! You've made millions TOGETHER!

Make some more money, k? (TOGETHER)

Seriously, Noname, I feel for ya Dude! Chemo is NOT fun, but I like that you can laugh about it.

{hugs} And be nice to the couch!

word ver: gumss
Venom said…
Hey Dufus -
That's all I've got, but you know I mean it.

Hang in there.
nonamedufus said…
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nonamedufus said…
Quirks: Thanks for the positive thoughts. The last I read was that Tyler say's he not quitting Aerosmith. Can you say "hype"? Sheesh, he's rock's answer to bubble boy.
nonamedufus said…
Venom: Thanks, I appreciate it. And I'm not about to stop "just hangin' out" just yet.
Moooooog35 said…
Let me know if you need any painkillers.

I have a ton left over from my vasectomy, shoulder and hand surgeries and have a pretty good meth lab going in my...

nonamedufus said…
moooooog: I'll be sure and let you know.

Wow, vasectomy AND hand surgery. You're not fooling around.
AmyLK said…
Love your sense of humor. When my mom was sick, I would joke that I would get cancer from her side of the family and alzihemers from my Dad's side. I would then forget I had cancer.

{{hugs}} and prayers for you!
Don said…
Best of luck with the chemo. I hope I don't ever find out first hand about it, but one never knows...
Anyway, I hope that your Tuesday is much better than today for you.
Me-Me King said…
Speaking of Old Timer's Disease...I was here earlier and forgot to leave a comment. I think the world has tipped on it's axis or something. Nothing is going right today. It is Monday, right?

Anyway, I wish you good health, happiness and peace.
nonamedufus said…
Amy: Thanks. That's a sweet story. I hope you'll keep coming back - for the corn not the cancer.
nonamedufus said…
Don: Tuesday & Wednesday are probably the worst. do the drugs on Monday so I can have a decent long-weekend.
nonamedufus said…
Me-Me: And you think you're spaced-out?

Noname, I had no idea you had cancer. How did I miss this news (I've been following you for a while now)? I'm sorry, and I'm sorry that you have take those nasty pills. Losing your taste sucks, especially if you're still hungry. That would be like trying to have sex without getting an erection, or having sex without reaching orgasm. Not that either one's ever happened to me, I swear. I'm just imagining what it would be like, that's all. And now I'm off to do some Noname back reading, to catch up on what I've apparently missed.
ReformingGeek said…
Wow! Hang in there!

I love that joke!
nonamedufus said…
Mike: Thanks, guy. It is what it is.
nonamedufus said…
R.G.: Oh I be hangin'. Thanks for the good wishes.
MA Fat Woman said…
Tyler prolly needed to get some Botox injections to keep his lips at optimum pout level.
nonamedufus said…
MAFW: Yeah, that's the ticket.

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