A broken heart, a case of fine wine, bacon chili leftovers the next day. These are things that get better with time. Fluorouracil 5% chemotherapy does not. The effects of this topical chemotherapy build over time. In my case, 23 days. Each day another application of the cream with worsening effects. In an odd way it feels a little “off” when you realize you are treating you. Like receiving a set of surgical instruments with sheet instructions before they send you home to take out your own appendix. It is a little “off”. Today I was a little off. The treatment brings with it an array of dizzying side effects;
Skin irritation, burning, redness, dryness, pain, swelling, tenderness, or changes in skin color may occur at the site of application. Eye irritation (e.g., stinging, watering), trouble sleeping, irritability, temporary hair loss, or abnormal taste in the mouth may also occur.
I left out the part about skin ulceration because…ulceration. It is all medical speak. Kinda like when I talk about isentropic lifting in a forecast (look it up). It would be better to say your skin will burn, turn red and it is very painful. Pharmacists call this drug F-U-5. They say it tells skin cancer Eff-You. It comes with pain. The pain is real. Not constant but in cycles. It will be okay. I got this. I am almost done. A few of you have sent notes. You have been prescribed Fluorouracil. You don’t want to start. You are scared. So was I…I still am. But listen, you gotta do this. 30 days of discomfort now versus skin cancer later. You gotta do this. I will help. I will be your chemo buddy. I have messaged a few of you, and we are in this, together. For the rest of you; buddy-up. Find that person in your life that needs help and buddy-up. We all need each other. There is someone in your life that needs help right now. Reach out, buddy-up. Invite me to as well. We are all stronger together than apart.
Hey, who ate the leftover bacon chili?
Day 23. Thanks for stopping by.
I can’t wait to get back to the gym for some isentropic lifting.(weatherman joke, really funny, trust me)