Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Happy Easter -Bernie Banton issue a lovely Poster to warn Of Asbestos in the Home warning when doing DIY

I have managed to keep the pain down and have had a busy 2 day.

I had to tidy the garden and take the weeds that  are growing in between the slabs. How do they get there. Do the seeds land and grow or do they force their way up from under the slabs. Im having the builder come in May to render with cement so the problem might go away.

Then I tidied the bushes so they look better. Ray helped and cut done all the bigger trees for me and lower bushes so we had a good day yesterday.

easter chick

I thought the weather was going to be so nice for Easter but Im afraid it has now gone cloudy and cool. Such a shame for those that have gone away. We have decided to stay at home and finish the jobs I wanted to do. We are going to Peterborough next week so we can get the clothes packed. We need to save our strength as walking around is very tiring. We cant believe we have had our Autosleeper Clubman for 5 years now as we bought her in Peterborough. Ray always gets nervous when i start looking again.

But I love ours as she is a real Classic even at a 2002 model.  She has been good for us.

So I decided today to defrost the 2 freezers i have in the shed. A great idea to have it out of the kitchen, a bad idea when cleaning it out. A you have to take all the food out and make sure it doesn’t defrost. So B you have to work as quickly as you can.

I did it with the hairdryer. That melts the Ice well but of coarse you have to take a bowl of water out there to clean it.

The job was soon done and I was able to put everything back and I ended up with a draw empty just by tidying up.

I felt so good with myself and went in for a coffee and fell asleep.

I sent over some more photos for my Magazine write up, this is going to be a good one as it is all my story from 15. So many years to talk about that I need a series but the have manged to squash it all down. Cant wait to see it in print now.

Rod in Australia has published a greet campaign photo

17/04/2014 – Australia – The World
Tomorrow is Good Friday, a significant day for those of us who have a Christian faith, it is also the start of a four day long weekend (in Australia at least), which means Do-It-Yourself renovation time! Which in a lot of cases means DIY asbestos exposure or removal time! Can you be sure your home doesn’t contain asbestos? Have you had your home assessed for asbestos? DIY Asbestos could kill you many years down the track – worse, as a parent, you could be responsible for your child’s death even after you have died!
Remember, DIY Asbestos Is Dicing With Death – Know The Dangers – Be Asbestos Aware 365 – Act Now…Ask Us How!
– Rod Smith

A great time to warn people

BLF made my video for Take Five which give the same warning

Nancy has written a great piece on Peripheral Neuropathy

It has explained my condition so well, or should I say I have this condition just as she has described it.

Mesothelioma patients often face months of treatment to fight back the growing cancer cells in their body. Most often, though, these same treatments can result in side effects that cause sickness, infections and pain. While many patients are aware of these side effects, some patients are caught off guard from the lesser known side effect, neuropathy, which can potentially become debilitating.

According to statistics, nearly one-third of all cancer patients who receive chemotherapy will be affected by chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Chemotherapy can cause nerve damage, leading to shooting pain, burning, tingling, numbness, problems with balance and grasping things, as well as cold or heat sensitivity. Neuropathy can also result from radiation and surgery. Treating this condition has proven to be challenging, and living with neuropathy can negatively affect a patient’s quality of live.

“Peripheral neuropathy is a chronic, debilitating problem, with some patients enduring pain, numbness, and tingling for months, possibly years, after completion of chemotherapy,” says researcher Ellen M. Lavoie Smith, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, according to WebMD.

Mesothelioma patients should alert their doctors if they are suffering from neuropathy symptoms from mesothelioma treatment. There are a variety of options available to help patients live a higher quality of life during and after their treatments.

Doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center sometimes resort to trial and error to relieve neuropathy symptoms for cancer patients. For example, if a patient is still undergoing chemotherapy treatments when the neuropathy starts, “the oncologist may lower the dose or extend the time between doses of the drug that are suspected of causing neuropathy,” said Allen Burton, M.D., chair of the Department of Pain Medicine.

MD Anderson physicians may also prescribe pain medications in conjunction with physical therapy. The combination has proven to both reduce pain and restore the patient’s ability to function. In addition, physicians may try alternative treatments including acupuncture and heat therapy.

The antidepressant drug Cymbalta has been found to reduce neuropathy symptoms in diabetic patients, who frequently experience neuropathy. Hoping to find the same relief for cancer patients, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan School of Nursing, led by Smith, tested the medicine on over 200 people who suffered from chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. According to a 2012 article in WebMD, nearly 60% of the patients experienced a decrease in their pain. Cymbalta was the first drug found to alleviate chemotherapy-induced neuropathy symptoms in cancer patients.

Doctors are just as concerned about a mesothelioma patient’s quality of life as they are in treating the cancer. It is important that patients work closely with their doctor and medical team to find the best option for managing neuropathy.

Cymbalta May Relieve Chemo-Induced Pain, Tingling
Cymbalta Reduces Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy
Neuropathy: It’s More than a Feeling

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Nancy Meredith is a blog and web content writer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the Information Technology industry. She has been writing about Mesothelioma for 4 years. Follow Nancy on Google+


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