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Lonewolf Ed 04:51 PM 01-24-2015
I thought I'd start a new thread for updates on my cancer treatments and whatever else is going on, since the bad news thread title is misleading now.

My last treatment went better than the previous two and my chest wound is still closed up, which is a good thing. My arm is getting slightly stronger and I hope to resume lifting dumbbells next week. I need to build up my strength again, because I am going back to Denmark in May and I am extremely pumped about that! I'd like to be able to schlepp my own checked bag and not have someone else lifting it for me.

It's going to be a fabulous trip, 6 weeks and a couple of days for me. My brother is going along as well as my friends Chipp and Rod. Chipp is staying close to 3 weeks and has not gone with me over there since 2006 so he is also very pumped to be going. It will be Rod's first trip and he will be there for 2 weeks. I will get to be a tour guide. Also, I am throwing a party in my favorite pub of all, the wonderful, ever-magnificent Irish House in Aalborg on May 7th. The owner and I are friends and he will give me a little discount. We'll have Irish stew and brews in the cellar and I hope to have around 25 family and friends there. I might bill it as the "Fu** Cancer Party." A few months back, I was not sure I'd ever be able to go over to Denmark again or if I'd even be alive, but the cancer hasn't gotten me yet. I'm doing a number on it, instead.

Some other cool things I plan to do when I am back in my ancestral lands include a wine tasting in a castle, touring another castle and the northernmost manor home in the country, and visiting Skagen, the top of Denmark, where you can stand on a little patch of beach and have one foot in one sea and one in another. They also have a brewpub up there I am wanting to check out. I will start and end my trip in Aalborg and spend 5 weeks in an apartment I rent that is very close to the beach. I can hardly wait for May 4th to roll around!
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Buehler445 09:20 AM 03-31-2015
Originally Posted by Lonewolf Ed:
The chemo has been rough, but today I actually feel strong although a nice 5 hour nap would be great. My blood test results came in and I have some high and low numbers, and the one that concerns me most is my platelet count, but it has come up 15 points yet it is still a bit low. My red cell count is low now, so I need somethig beefy to eat. I'm just waiting on my chemo bags in the treatment room. I went to find Nurse Amanda since I was bored. She lightened her hair color for the summer and it looks great. She is soooo cute! If I was 20 years younger, I'd make a fool of myself around her for sure.
:-)

Is the blood thinner affecting your platelet count? I know an awful lot about wheat and corn physiology, but human physiology escapes me.
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Lonewolf Ed 09:59 AM 03-31-2015
My platelets have been low for the past several treatments so it isn't the blood thinners. With 2 and 3 types of chemo, all sorts of stuff is going on that I don't the what fors about.
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Bearcrumb 11:54 AM 03-31-2015
Hope you're feeling better than the last time we talked and are getting plenty of sound sleep... I'd still be giving them hell about something strong for pain, though.
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Lonewolf Ed 04:43 PM 04-03-2015
Tylenol is what I was told to take. I looked for Tylenol PM at the Price Chopper, but they had the standard type only. Dammit. And I don't know what good Tylenol would do for my feet, which are killing me. The soles got red and hot and it hurt to walk yesterday and this morning. They are finally starting to feel a bit better, since I've been putting skin lotion on them often.
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Buehler445 04:55 PM 04-03-2015
Originally Posted by Lonewolf Ed:
Tylenol is what I was told to take. I looked for Tylenol PM at the Price Chopper, but they had the standard type only. Dammit. And I don't know what good Tylenol would do for my feet, which are killing me. The soles got red and hot and it hurt to walk yesterday and this morning. They are finally starting to feel a bit better, since I've been putting skin lotion on them often.
Tylenol PM is Tylenol and benedryll FWIW.
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Dante84 05:30 PM 04-03-2015
Ed you should get one of those foot bath massager things.

Let's the dogs rest
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Lonewolf Ed 05:37 PM 04-03-2015
Originally Posted by DA_T_84:
Ed you should get one of those foot bath massager things.

Let's the dogs rest
I don't know if that would help or not. It's a chemo thing that finally got me, like those accursed tongue ulcers. They are getting better, too, but not fast enough! I'm going for barbecue for dinner, so I will have to walk some and eat, so I am in for some discomfort, but barbecue is worth it.
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Buehler445 07:27 PM 04-03-2015
Originally Posted by Lonewolf Ed:
I don't know if that would help or not. It's a chemo thing that finally got me, like those accursed tongue ulcers. They are getting better, too, but not fast enough! I'm going for barbecue for dinner, so I will have to walk some and eat, so I am in for some discomfort, but barbecue is worth it.
You damn right its worth it.

You might try soaking them in epsom salt.
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Lonewolf Ed 10:09 PM 04-03-2015
Originally Posted by Buehler445:
You damn right its worth it.

You might try soaking them in epsom salt.
That's good for hemmaroods, too, isn't it?
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Buehler445 11:20 PM 04-03-2015
Originally Posted by Lonewolf Ed:
That's good for hemmaroods, too, isn't it?
Fortunately I do not know. :-)
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Lonewolf Ed 01:23 AM 04-04-2015
Originally Posted by Buehler445:
Fortunately I do not know. :-)
Consider that a great blessing!
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Valiant 01:27 AM 04-04-2015
Great news, hope everything keeps getting better.
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Lonewolf Ed 11:57 AM 04-08-2015
I have another CT scan coming up so I will have to down two big barium infused vanilla-ish crap again. I just hope I don't have to go to the hospital again like I did after the last one since they discovered blood clots in my vena cava and a lung. I hope the blood thinner pills are working so I don't have to take the painful shots in the gut. I hate needles.
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Lonewolf Ed 01:38 PM 04-08-2015
One deeeeeeelicious barium vanilla down, one to go... 450 ml each. Yum. :-)
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Eleazar 01:40 PM 04-08-2015
Originally Posted by Lonewolf Ed:
One deeeeeeelicious barium vanilla down, one to go... 450 ml each. Yum. :-)
Q: What do you do with a dead chemist?

A: Barium.
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