By Dave Christenson on
Thursday, June 28, 2007 4:39 PM
Beyond the ongoing pain medications the first chemo drug is now being taken orally. Thalidomide http://chemocare.com/bio/thalidomide.asp This sight gives a fairly complete understanding of what the drug will do for me and what I will be experiencing in side effects. I have felt fatigue, weakness, some rash and ankle swelling. The next oral will start next Monday due to the delay caused by the removal of the teeth as earlier mentioned.
On the note of teeth it was today that I was again able to smile my big smile after receiving a front tooth replacement. As a child the tooth fairy only gave a quarter but for me it was worth so much more to fill the void. It is now that these little things are so much appreciated.
There have been multiple blood draws taken in the past few weeks for testing in all areas. Besides my doctor there has been the oncologist, proctologist, urlogist, dentist and oral surgeon. Every one of them has begun to take a personal interest (billable time) in my ongoing care.