Saturday, November 05, 2005

the tool of last resort

The headaches seem to have disappeared, which is great. I felt like I was in an inescapable fog before today. I have felt more energized in the past two days, although far from normal of course. This feeling could also be due in part to the fact that I haven't been doing much. My upper legs and lower back did ache quite a bit yesterday and a little today. The lower back might be due to the Neulasta injection, which I received on Monday.

The one surprise with regards to side effects of the chemotherapy so far has been the persistent constipation. Ugghh. I don't recall having this problem when I was treated with ABVD chemotherapy back in 2003. In one of the chemo guide books that I own, constipation is described as one of the common side effects of some chemotherapy drugs. Oh boy. Indeed, the DICE regimen of chemo that I'm taking now is stronger and more intense than the ABVD.

It's, therefore, even more important that I watch the foods I eat. High fiber foods are a plus. Of course, if proper nutrition fails, there's always the tool of last resort: the indomitable Fleet enema. {laughing}


Comment Anonymous Lauren Peyton said...

Hey Duane, it is lauren! If you have any more questions let me know! I was thinking of you and decided to check up on your blog. If there is anything I could do to help, please let me know. Take care and keep in touch!

1:57 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks, Lauren. I'll talk to you soon!

10:58 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Duane - Just wanted to tell you how strong and amazing I think you are. I saw your website on the LLS board. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins last year and went into remission in March of this year. I will keep you in my thoughts and hope for your comfort throughout this ordeal. There is a really great website forum to go on if you want to talk to others in your position, although I love the LLS site, this site is much more active...

Also, here is my site if you are interested...

You will continue to be an inspiration. All the best to you.

9:46 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks Tiana. I just left a message on your website's guestbook. Stay well and positive as you enter remission.

You have my sincerest wishes.

9:01 PM  

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