Baldies' Blog began originally in the UK by a 26 year old journalist with a blood cancer on a mission to inform the world about bone marrow donation.

He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.

Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."

I invite you to read how I feel along my journey and
how I am continuing to live a full life alongside my Hodgkin's lymphoma, with me controlling my cancer, not my cancer controlling me.

I hope that "Baldies' Blog" will prepare you to handle whatever life sends you, but especially if it's the message, "You Have Cancer."

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Keep it Simple

Who would have known, with access to an entire pharmacy to ease my stuffiness and wheezing, it was nyquil that helped the most.
Yes, nyquil.
After being medicated like a rockstar for four years, sometimes I forget to get back to the basics.
A seriously strong decongestant is just what my body wanted.
I'm finally breathing again!
I can take deep breaths, in and out, without the sounds of squeeking and wheezing! Without my lungs screaming and frothing!
I have energy again.
I'm not saying I am healed from this cold, but it appears, I'm getting better. I'm on the upswing without ever sinking into the depths of pneumonia or having a hospital stay.
This is amazing.
The downside? In my dyslexic, backyard fashion, the NyQuil has woken me up.
This probably goes alongside how amphetamines slow people with attention deficit down enough to concentrate. I'm neurological unstable.
Doesn't matter, I'll take a little sleeplessness to breathe right again, and see how the medications treat me tomorrow.
I'm always hesitant to add anything to my complex regimen, including over-the-counter medications.
I hate waking up with a "hangover," which is exactly like the kind normal young adults get after a night of fun, I just get them after a night of medicating.
I can get a hang over from ading benadryl to my nightly routine or switching my ativan for ambien.
And I have to take something to sleep at night, because during the day I'm ready to fly off the roof from all the adrenaline pumping through my body from the steroids.
I'm an anxious, twitching, fidgeting mess, tapping my fingers, shaking my legs, letting out big annoyed sighs when anything dares slow my pace.
Imagine feel as anxious as you have ever felt in your entire life, your entire being is telling you to go-go-go and go fast, but you're body is stuck, unable to breathe being pushed in a wheelchair!
AAAUURRGGHHH. I can't think of many things that are more drustrating than being stuck in a body that will not comply with
I've been doing a lot of breathing techniques, but this has made it possible for X and I to conintue bonding, especially with the snow yesterday.


linda keenan said...

do your docs ever rec klonopin? i think that's more of a slower acting longer lasting thing for anxiety etc.? i think of it as ativan's bigger tougher sister!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are breathing a little better ... that is encouraging, but it raises the question of whether I'm going to get run off my feet tomorrow!! ;o)

Take care Hill ...


Anonymous said...

Since the manufacturers of Nyquil removed the alcohol from it, the sleepy effect of it is gone. Worth thinking about adding a little alcohol to the mix to counteract the decongestant - remember, just a little. :)
Laura Z.