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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi folks - Thanks for all your messages. I more or less decided today that i'll get back to my weight training regime,just to see if that might help to ease my breathing by stretching my chest wall....
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    Hi folks - This is more or less due to a prompt by Trevor at TAMCO UK,whom,apparently has been fielding a few enquiries about my current health. As much of a gentleman & & all round nice guy that...
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    Hi All - Many thanks for your continued moral support,& once again,my thanks to Scott T.for allowing this thread to continue. I've been a member for 13 years & you folks are almost 'family' inasmuch...
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    Hi Folks - The last couple of days 'food-wise' have been truly lousy. My sense of taste is slowly coming back (at times !),but the texture of food seems to have taken a nose dive. All but the very...
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    The spores that cause thrush & other 'fungal' diseases are all around us. My white blood cell count is way down due to the chemo.,& so i'm particularly vulnerable to anything of that sort.

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    Mouth problem identified - THRUSH !!. My own idiotic fault that it got so dreadfully bad. My doc.examined my mouth a week ago,& identified the start of it. I was given some oral drops (Nystan), &...
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    Hi Phil - That's a good look !. I used to have quite long hair,but it was always a chore to comb. When i retired,i had my hair cut really short = NO combing.

    Right now,the worst of it is lack...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Well,this morning,it's a repeat of the Sat. after my first chemo. session. Slightly swollen lips & a slightly sore mouth,both of which vanish in a day or so,but my taste buds have crashed & burned...
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    I had my second chemo. session on Wed. - just the same prolonged 6 hour day as last time. It seems that a bit of hair loss is kicking in - so what ! - i'll shave my head if i have to. Fortunately,my...
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    Hi Bernie - No infection, only cancer !. I do have a slight cough,but that's one of the side effects of the chemo.therapy.

    The prospective buyer for my banjo just ducked out - he offered me...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi all - It's an unfortunate fact that the Chemo. has it's own detrimental side effects. Apart from the assault on my taste buds,it causes breathlessness & an ''artificial'' tiredness as well - both...
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    Hi Gordon / Dang - Many thanks. I'm just hoping that my sense of taste doesn't lessen even more after my next dose of Chemo.

    It's even more chicken curry tonight !!. I can taste it - so who...
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    Hi Johnny - Many thanks indeed.

    The ''Chicken Madras'' curry last night,coupled with Garlic bread so strong the wallpaper almost peeled off,was delicious. Really - one of the only meals that...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi - For all you very patient & incredibly supportive folk,here's a 'progress up-date' (sort of ).

    My review x-ray yesterday, showed no further increase of my ''infection'' (should we call it)...
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    From Bernie - " ..it just blows my mind that so much more has not been accomplished in this regard with the incredibly powerful tools of molecular biology that we have today. "

    Bernie - For...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi John - As i mentioned in another post - this is a 'cathartic' effort on my part = ''if you talk about it'' you're not sitting dwelling on it so much. Each day is different. Some days i can feel...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi Folks - Especially Bernie D. I'm sorry that i haven't been in touch with you & the guys for a while. I spend very little time on my PC at the moment. I field my e-mails - end of - as long as there...
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    Hi Doug - The 'taste' thingy is total crap !!!. I'm going to embark on a diet of hot/spicy & Pickled types of food. The ONLY things that have tasted 'real' so far are pickled foods such as Pickled...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hello folks - Just a quick update on the Chemo. business - basically it's evil !!!. The worst effects are a constant feeling of having been gut punched / my taste buds have gone AWOL & the sort of...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi folks - I'm very deeply appreciative of the fact that our illustrious leader Scott T.,hasn't closed this thread.

    I've been a member for 13 years & as you might see,i've posted a fair few...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi all - Thanks once more for all your good wishes & kind thoughts. I have to have blood tests / x-ray & an ECG prior to Chemo.,to make sure that i'm ok to have it - let's hope so !!,
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    Hi Rick - I hope that you enjoy your Weber as much as i enjoyed mine. They're terrific mandolins by any standard. Unfortunately,the type of Cancer that i have is pretty severe,so holding on to any...
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    Hi Eric - Healthy cells also need sugar to function. All foods contain some form of 'sugar',so cutting out sugary foods may help,there's still a lot of sugar derived from other foods circulating in...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi all - Right now,apart from my up coming Chemo.,everything i'm doing is to make things easier for my wife should the worst happen. She knows where i bought my mandolins,but she wouldn't have any...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hello Bertram - Yes,Mesothelioma is usually associated with asbestos - but !. It can be caused by other things. Even small children who haven't been exposed to asbestos can get it. Myself - i've...
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