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Old 11-10-2008, 03:05 PM
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I was going to start chemotherapy on Thursday, but I've caught some sort of cold. It's really bugging me. runny nose, cough, and a slightly elevated temp.

I'm going to call the doc tomorrow, hopefully this won't hinder my treatment.

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Old 11-10-2008, 03:23 PM
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This is just a minor setback at worst. My wife screens her chemo patients all the time for things like this and you have to be really sick in order for you not to be able to get chemotherapy. If it is a simple cold, you may still be able to receive your treatment as long as you don't have a fever Thursday morning. The best you can do is stay calm, get rest and proper nutrition, and let the illness take its course. I'm gonna guess that you are going to receive 5-fluorouracil and avastin. Let me know what your doctor wants to prescribe.

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I recommend the following (if it's okay with your doctor.)
1. Hot chicken soup (been working for hundreds of years)
2. Hot tea with a tablespoon of honey, a liberal dash of lemon juice, and a shot of whisky (I.E.: A hot toddy).
These are tried and true cold remedies that won't necessarily cure you (nothing will), but will make having a cold a lot more tolerable. Good luck.
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I recommend the following (if it's okay with your doctor.)
1. Hot chicken soup (been working for hundreds of years)
2. Hot tea with a tablespoon of honey, a liberal dash of lemon juice, and a shot of whisky (I.E.: A hot toddy).
These are tried and true cold remedies that won't necessarily cure you (nothing will), but will make having a cold a lot more tolerable. Good luck.

And if you can't find whisky, Romulan ale should do the trick
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And a nice glass of orange juice with the chicken soup.

Most importantly, rest!
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It will be fine. I doubt they'd change your chemo schedule for a cold. Your body has already started building up immunity to the bug you have, so the chemo won't be a problem. Heck...I bet once they dose you with the chemo you completely forget about having a cold.....

Sleep as much as you can. You'll need much more after the chemo! plus, you will not want people bringing NEW infections into your realm after the chemo, so if the cold is making the rounds, ask the family and friends to a) stay away and b) use extreme care when contact is needed. (when my Mom was in chemo we kept a bucket full of water with a couple of cups of bleach next to the sink...we ran every pot/pan/plate/utensil through the bleach mix before putting it out to dry...notice that's before dishwashers...nowadays, just set the dishwasher on the most intense setting available and use a GOOD (not cheap) detergent).

Make sure there are a few "hand sanitizers" in the house so everyone can use one before they contact you and probably carry one yourself just in case you come into contact with someone who's "sanitary status" isn't obvious (that's everyone you didn't just watch use a hand sanitizer)...better to dry out the skin on your hands than risk transferring icky germs from someone else to your eyes or nose...

I know for a fact that my father had chemo after his colon cancer surgery, but I have NO memory of it. And, I was 17 at the time, not a baby. So, I suspect it's really not that invasive or horrible. (ask me about my mother's chemo and you'll get a very different story).
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And if you can't find whisky, Romulan ale should do the trick
Yes, the Romulan Ale will make you feel so bad that you will forget about the cold!
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just take good care your self now ok?
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Hey friend,
A lot of folks are picking up colds this time of year. Rest up, drink your fluids and you'll feel better in a couple of days.
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