WEASEL!!!

Oddly the word weasel has come up twice in two days. Yesterday I described someone as a weasel. Looks like one, conducts himself as one. That is all I will say about that.

Today I will talk about another weasel. My kittens weasel ball. Weasel ball is an excellent way to use up some energy and let the kitten stalk it and play. It will usually keep his attention for about 30 minutes. I have a problem today. I had weasel ball out to play and Frankie was having fun and then I noticed weasel ball stopped. After a couple of deductions I realized that weasel balls batteries were getting a little low. When weasel ball was stuck somewhere he stopped. When he got moved he started back up. Here’s the problem, I cannot find weasel ball. You know at some horribly inopportune time he’s going to suddenly start moving and scare the bejeezus out of someone! Sudden bang bang bangs in the middle of the night or scary movie.

Todays cancer chemo update comes with pictures. As I have discussed ad nausseum I have developed neuropathy. I did do what I was supposed to do and told my doctor. They have started me on a medicine that so far has the lovely effect of making me feel incredibly mellow. Like a pleasant  24/7 after-glow. I have to ramp up the dosage as I adjust to this feeling until it starts actually helping the neuropathy. We will discuss on my next chemo whether to bring down the dosage of the chemo med that is causing the neuropathy. I will try not to think too much about the potential outcome of that.

I currently have neuropathy in my feet. Balls of my feet, toes, side of my feet and occasionally into my heels and calves. I also have neuropathy in my tongue. That’s right, my TONGUE! It feels like I burnt the tip of my tongue. Very strange feeling. I also have the worst of it in my hands. Directly after chemo my neuropathy affected parts started getting hot. Not just too me, but you could actually feel the heat coming off of my fingers and feet. Along with the heat they started hurting. Sharp hot pains shooting into them. I still get the sharp pains but not as bad as it was this weekend. Now instead of heat I get cold. The tips of fingers and feet turn ice cold.  I don’t know if my tongue turns cold, if it does I haven’t noticed it! My big problem is really my hands. Touching anything warm or cold feels extreme. I have resorted to wearing gloves to protect them. This is what it looks like when I am working, or in this case blogging.

 

Typing with Neuropathy
Typing with Neuropathy

 

This is what it feels like when I am typing.

 

OUCH
OUCH

I don’t know for sure but I think the medicine is actually already helping because not all of my fingers hurt as bad as they did. Movement helps. Keeps the blood flowing to the nerves and helps rebuild them, so I walk around flexing my fingers, toes and tongue. 🙂

This actually all bothers me surprisingly little and I feel bad when people think I feel bad. I don’t. I write about it because I write about everything, and because if anyone else starts experiencing problems I want them to know they’re not alone. I don’t really care if I am temporarily in pain, hopefully at some point it will be gone. In the meantime I will enjoy watching my kitten, and bad television, and reading books that I haven’t had time to read but that since I am not safe to work without making mistakes I can now read!

Tomorrow I am hoping I am coherent enough to drive and will go to work! I also am hoping to meet a bunch of vegetarians for dinner. Don’t cry for me, (Argentina) my life is amazing and filled with all of the things I love. I am spoiled and happy and getting fat.

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  1. My family member with neuropathy is on the same med. Played around with the dosage a little. too high a dose and they slept continually – lowered it – and still tired and foggy – too low and everything still hurt – finally found the happy medium. it helps make life bearable. Weasel ball sounds fun for my upstairs recluse cats! I’ll have to do that for them for Christmas. One on the second floor and one in the basement should keep all cats happy. 🙂 I’m sure I have one or two dogs that would love it too. the baby dog doesn’t know how to play with toys. We’re trying to teach her that toys are fun! She’ll get the hang of it. Hope you’re feeling better and better!

    1. It seems to mellow out after about three hours – so hopefully it will be perfect, eventually. 🙂
      Weasel ball is fun!
      Our beagle has never know how to play with toys. Every once in awhile she finds something to play with and I am just enraptured by it, invariably it is something that she cannot have. This just happened a couple of weeks ago, she got hold of a rubber super ball. I felt so bad taking it from her.
      I would like to find some sort of motion activated toy for the kitten. That’s my next great hunt.

  2. I am curious – were they going to step you up with it or did you have to ask for that?

    I am glad that you seem to feel some difference already. That is a good sign. The mellow is nice.

    I have visions of you walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night and weasel ball starting up. The would be exciting.

    I hope you feel well enough to have a productive day.

    Love and hugs!

    1. Good Morning MB. I think the step-it up part was under the assumption that it wouldn’t fully work at the low dosage. As it is right now the pain is mostly gone (except for when I type a lot) and everything has just gone numb. I’ll probably hang here for a couple of weeks.
      I did make it to work today! I’m not sure how productive I’ll be but I am here.
      I asked Sean to keep an eye out for weasel ball because I am afraid of the same thing except it will be Corey and he will have a heart attack while we’re all peacefully sleeping.
      I hope you have a good and productive day too. 🙂

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