Everyone else is.
So, the ongoing saga of my wrist splints aka carpal tunnel versus neuropathy. The first night I wore them I had no numbness at all, the second night just a bit in my pinky. Thursday I had a bad day.. just felt like crap in general, spent most of the afternoon and evening on the couch, so by the time I went to bed my back was killing me, I wasn’t tired after dozing off and on all day and I tossed and turned for hours. Around 3 a.m. I woke up and my hands were completely numb. I couldn’t feel them at all. And I had to pee. I sat there in a panic flailing my left hand to get the blood circulating while ripping at the velcro straps of my right hand splint with my teeth. I finally managed to get them off and get the feeling back in my hands, went to the bathroom and then came back to bed and lay there panicking that the chemo would be discontinued now. I got myself all worked up . I thought I may as cancel the radiation too, have a bilateral mastectomy and be done with it. (Now mind you, at no point in time was I ever told I had to have chemo to save my life. It was more of an insurance against recurrence. I could have opted for just radiation after surgery. I have had 4 rounds of dose dense AC, and 7 of 12 rounds of Taxol. That’s a whole lot of chemo. But.. while I was initially more afraid of the chemo than the cancer, now I am afraid to stop.) All of these thoughts kept me awake and Friday I was dragging all day. I went to bed Friday night and while putting on my splints, realized I had worn them backwards the night before, essentially cutting off the circulation to my hands. Honestly, I should never be left alone with devices of any kind. I am happy to report that Friday and Saturday night I had no numbness at all. The splints do go flying in the wee hours when a hot flash hits and I can’t stand them, but they are working. When my oncologist asks how they are working out I will say “Fine” and leave it at that. If she wants to know what’s going on with me, she can read my blog. I want to continue the treatment if I can, but if she feels I’ve had enough that’s cool too. I’m all zen and shit about the whole thing now.