The on-going, first-hand tale of a journey through medical oncology... and what happens after.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Neuropathy, continued

OK. We are what, nearly two years out from the last chemotherapeutic encounter with FOLFOX. And the idea was that after a certain period of time the tingling feet and the extreme sensitivity to cold in my fingers and throat would go away. And while I am certainly less tingly and sensitive, I am still aware of the peripheral neuropathy every day. Just yesterday, on my way to work, I had a strange itching sensation right above where my PowerPort used to be... and then today the itch was back again. I even thought that is was on the wrong side, but sure enough (I checked) it was the scar site.

So, what are we talking about here? I don't know. Except that the original purpose of this blog was to tell my story, and the story continues. My hands and feet are still susceptible to cold, though the tingling in my feet is confined to a very small area near the balls of both feet. I do not feel pain when picking up cold objects immediately, but I cannot comfortably hold cold objects for long periods of time in my bare hands. Swallowing cold drinks is not a problem at all. I have not "forgotten" how to swallow food/drink since the chemo ended.

That's the news for today.


Megan said...

Hi Ed! I just stooped by your blog to see how you were doing.'s tricks? You should become my facebook friend, now that you're in the loop!

vaidyadilemma said...

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I am a doctor by profession who now works in Moscow, Russia