Well, Zut alors . . .

I had my visit to the dermatologist Monday, and both he and I agreed that what I was having were some of the milder side effects of bendamustine. However, he could not guarantee that I would not have Stevens-Johnson syndrome , which is life-threatening, if hit with another dose of same. Therefore, my oncologist is going to switch to cyclophosphamide, vincristine and prednisone. I’ve had those before too. That’s when half my hair fell out and I ended up in hospital with pneumonia (and was on “portable” oxygen for a month after that!). So, next Thursday, I get labs, see the oncologist and then get my chemo. I get to come back the next day to get the hormone that keeps my white blood cells from bottoming out.

Right now, I’m kind of bummed, because one of the other possible side effects of vincristine besides hair loss is that it can cause nerve damage (neuropathy), leading to numbness, tingling, or even pain in the hands and feet.  Fair warning. Numbness of the fingers makes it hard to type. (Or do anything else with my hands, like knit. . .) Numbness of the feet makes it tricky to walk and puts me at fall risk.

Another concern is the oral prednisone I will be taking. Prednisone is a steroid. Long-term steroid use causes thinning of the bone (osteoporosis). Osteoporosis and a fall risk. Whoopeee!

Yesterday’s supper, dunk salad with beef and cheese sandwich.

In the knitting news, the Savannah Square out of Malabrigo Mechita is at 13 inches from center to corner, so halfway there. I started the second skein last night. The hexagonal baby afghan continues apace. I knitted it onto a longer needle Tuesday. If I’m going to lose all my hair, maybe I need to rummage about and find some nice cotton yarn to make a hat out of, and a nice hat pattern . . . Sigh.

Author: WOL

My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.

3 thoughts on “Well, Zut alors . . .”

  1. Of course the old saying is “If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” but there’s no good reason I can think of that you should have to put up with one thing, and then a few extra others to go along with it. I did chuckle at your phrase “dunk salad.” You may have used it before and I’ve just forgotten, but it’s perfect for the sort of veggie noshing that I like to do. Putting the word ‘salad’ to it makes it seem even more nutritious.

    Side effects begone, sez me.


  2. Zut alors, indeed! You are having a run of not-the-best luck of late! That is hardly fair.
    Your mom surprised and delighted us with a phone call yesterday. I am amazed that she is no longer having back pain. That is at least one worry that you don’t have to fret about now.
    Just wanted you to know that I’m thinking about you!


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