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Afternoon now..

All fine. There's a nasty bruise developing from about 3" from the point of IV entry along about 3" of vein (the part that hurt while the fluids were going in - I was warned about this bruising). It makes typing interesting but isn't insurmountable. I've taken arnica but doubt it'll have a chance as it'll be swamped by all the substances already in my body.

Also, if I allow myself to feel it I'm achingly tired. However, compared to last year when I was really ill (ie from whatever I picked up in Argentina rather than from therapeutic poisons) I was far worse.

I've eaten (my current favourite breakfast is Spanish tortilla) with no effects other than the feeling I get when something's more oily than I like - which it was.

Hope it stays this way

paintist says:

mmmm tortilla...sounds like a good lunch too :-)

Poor arnica doesn't stand a chance really does it......glad that you sound quite 'chirpy'

achh, wish I could say what I mean...I hope it all stays good too x

1st Jul 2009, 12:49

Sprocket says:

obviously your favourite "ever" breakfast is chocolate cake – so I will see about finding you a non-dairy recipe

1st Jul 2009, 12:50

paintist says: this the same tree???

1st Jul 2009, 12:52

Dhamaka says:

thanks guys

Paintist - yes it is, although it's actually a succulent that looks very similar to the Aloe

oh and not chirpy - genuinely happy. Sooner started sooner over and it has always been the chemo I've been dreading - the cancer is gone and I've never been scared of it because I know it won't come back

1st Jul 2009, 12:53

paintist says:

they are beautiful plants.. :-)

1st Jul 2009, 12:54

Dhamaka says:

startlingly so

1st Jul 2009, 12:56

KeithD says:

Thanks for the updates and pleased that considering what you are going through you are tackling this with the strength and charachter I know you have by the bucket

1st Jul 2009, 14:04

Blessings x

1st Jul 2009, 14:44

Viv says:

lovely picture - keep fingers crossed

and now you have more idea of what you are coping with

1st Jul 2009, 21:48

MaggieD says:

Just catching up ..... keeping fingers crossed too ...... lovely pic :)

1st Jul 2009, 22:06

lilitiger says:

I'd say take the arnica anyway, because we don't really know how it works, and might well reach parts other drugs don't.... (excuse the allusion). Might be an idea to ask a homoeopath what to actually take for this kind of poisoning. Remedies are listed on web. Perhaps you've done all this already. Glad you're ok so far, hope it keeps up. Also glad you had such a caring nurse, besides the thing about patients' rights.

1st Jul 2009, 23:03

Dhamaka says:

Thanks all
The arnica seems to have worked (that or time) because there's no pain or bruising on the arm today... even when I press the area..

I'm trying to conserve my energy at the moment. The research that hasn't been done is likely to take an even lower priority - I want to get on with my life. So if you feel like researching stuff for me, just let me know and I'll give you details of the drugs if necessary

2nd Jul 2009, 10:20

JokerXL says:

Sterkte D.

2nd Jul 2009, 21:14

Dhamaka says:

I don't... yet Hotdog and thanks
Joker.. so far :)


3rd Jul 2009, 17:26

jezbian says:

love this happen to know the botanical name of it?

take care,


3rd Jul 2009, 18:42

Dhamaka says:

no but I'll try and find it out for you.
and thanks

3rd Jul 2009, 18:51

paintist says:

thats very interesting info...especially the part about skin reactions to the sap...can recur for up to a year....amazing. Beautiful plants though

3rd Jul 2009, 18:56

midlife says:

:-) Godspeed Dhamaka. The capture is so appropriately upward: looking upward. Just as you are.

4th Jul 2009, 16:03

Dhamaka says:

it is paintist, isn't it

midlife - :) - always

10th Jul 2009, 09:27