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The good news is the nausea is definitely much better today. So have stopped the meta and just have the exorcist ones for the evening, hopefully these will stop tomorrow. Still have the sleeping tablets for back up.
Hasn’t done a great deal, mainly lain on the couch watching black and white films, it seems to help with the constant stomach ache. He used to be such a healthy eater, now he’s a true couch potato, drinking coke and eating chocolates ( both of which help to take the taste away). Tonight will be having bacon, eggs and chips – have told him to be careful ,don’t want us turning into Wayne and Waynetta.
He has managed to gain a couple of pounds over the course of the treatment so far, ( compared to my seven!) so after this bit is over, have told him we’ll be into the getting fit stage , cycling to Richmond Park etc. Time then to get his figure back.
The blackbird is now a constant visitor, still without his tail feathers, so think he may have had a close encounter with a cat. He also seems to be permanently moulting ,so is really scruffy.
Ray was mentioning today about chemo brain – he says its so difficult to focus on anything , he can’t even list what he has had to eat in a day without being distracted. Is now concerned that at the end of the chemo , will be the proverbial husk, the lights will be on but no-one will be home. Have told him not to worry , an sure he will still be as grumpy as he was previously, so won’t be that different.
Here are just a few examples of what patients call chemo brain: am slightly concerned as I exhibit quite a few of these and haven’t had chemo, so in my case it probably is old age
Forgetting things that they usually have no trouble recalling
Trouble concentrating — they can’t focus on what they’re doing, may “space out”
Trouble remembering details like names, dates, and sometimes larger events
Trouble multi-tasking, like answering the phone while cooking, without losing track of one of them — less ability to do more than one thing at a time
Taking longer to finish things — disorganized, slower thinking and processing
Trouble remembering common words — unable to find the right words to finish a sentence
Doctors and researchers call chemo brain “mild cognitive impairment.” Most define it as being unable to remember certain things and having trouble finishing tasks or learning new skills.
For the person who has lost some brain function, even short-term problems with thinking and memory can be scary. Some people may have trouble remembering simple things, like closing doors or turning off lights. Others may notice that their brain doesn’t work as quickly as it used to.
He still has his hair, although much thinner and softer than before , it used to be very wiry , he still has a better head of hair than 90% of the men I work with , so told him not to complain, told him it will probably grow back curly ( don’t think he found that a comfort)