Dexamethasone and Covid-19
I meant to write this post earlier but…stuff happens, such as our blocked kitchen sink pipe (We spent all day Sunday trying to “unblock” it using a bunch of different methods, including a high-pressure cleaner!, but to no avail. So today I’m waiting for the plumber to come fix it…), and I didn’t get to it until now. So you have probably already read about the Dex-Covid-19 connection. I’ll write this bit of news anyway, for those of you who might have missed it. Last week Stefano asked me if I knew what dexamethasone was. Do I know what dexamethasone is? Hah! You can imagine my r...
Source: Margaret's Corner - June 23, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll dexamethasone and Covid-19 Source Type: blogs

Yesterday I helped save a dog
Yesterday morning I received a whatsapp text from one of my neighbors who had spotted a small, terrified dog on the other side of the tiny river at the bottom of our hill. She took a photo of it and asked if it belonged to anyone we knew. Wait, before going on, I should note that, years ago, my neighbors and I created a whatsapp group that enables us to get in touch quickly should anything happen or if anyone needs anything or whatnot. This group is super useful at times, as it was yesterday, as it turns out… Some of my neighbors immediately mobilized to help this little dog. They didn’t wait for the municipa...
Source: Margaret's Corner - June 18, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Source Type: blogs

Quercetin has anti-myeloma activity
This study shows that quercetin works well both alone AND in combination with dexamethasone. Let’s not forget that it’s a proteasome inhibitor (like curcumin and, in the conventional world, Velcade). Here’s the direct link to the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5216736/?fbclid=IwAR2Nk3FwZ3b8MfAqKUNOz1YXfQ6PU2lcQzAN-eGSMWvVBO7dTD9waNpxXn4  I have to admit that I haven’t taken any quercetin in years, but it looks as though I’ll be putting it back on my “menu” now. For many reasons, not just because of its anti-myeloma activity… Quercetin is good for a ...
Source: Margaret's Corner - June 5, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll dexamethasone myeloma quercetin Source Type: blogs

Terry Golombick ’ s new website
Now, I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but I’m making an exception today because I have such a HIGH regard for Dr. Terry Golombick. If you don’t know who she is, just do a search of my blog…In a nutshell, she was in charge of the Australian MGUS and SMM curcumin patient trials…so, lots of experience, there… Terry has recently relaunched her website and is offering consultations specifically for MGUS and SMM folks who live in or near Sydney, Australia. I think it’s WONDERFUL… Anyway, here’s the link for those lucky Sydney-dwellers: https://www.mgustherapy.com/ ...
Source: Margaret's Corner - May 28, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll curcumin Dr. Terry Golombick MGUS SMM Source Type: blogs

Reaching out to all MGUS, SMM, MM patients and caregivers
Last week I was contacted by Stephen Quinn, a Ph.D. student at Queen’s University in Belfast. He informed me about a study called IMPaCCT whose intent is to look at the effect that the current Covid-19 crisis has had, and is having, on pre-cancer, cancer and rare disease patients and their caregivers. The researchers, which include Stephen, hope to be able to use this data to inform patients and caregivers, as well as publish their findings in scientific journals. He asked for my help in reaching out to smoldering myeloma and MGUS patients. Of course! So, how can we help? By taking their online SURVEY. I am about to...
Source: Margaret's Corner - May 25, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll ImpaCCt study Source Type: blogs

Cat is the star of a classical music concert
I loved this…absolutely loved this… (Source: Margaret's Corner)
Source: Margaret's Corner - May 20, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Stray cat crashes concert Source Type: blogs

More important news on vitamin D and coronavirus
On March 27, I published a post about some findings of a team from the University of Turin (Italy) showing that low levels of vitamin D might increase: your risk of being infected with Covid-19 your risk of having complications if you already have the virus The University of Turin data also showed that vitamin D can counteract lung damage caused by hyperinflammation. Well, now a research team led by Northwestern University has found a “strong correlation between severe vitamin D deficiency and mortality rates.” Their results are based on data from hospitals in several countries, including Italy. Incidentally,...
Source: Margaret's Corner - May 12, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll covid-19 vitamin D Source Type: blogs

Just a cute cat photo
One afternoon last week Prezzemolo and I were lying in bed, watching a TV series. Okay, okay, truth be told, he wasn’t that interested in the series. He was fast asleep, snuggled up right next to me. At one point I must have moved and woken him up. He looked up at me reprovingly and then started yawning. I was quick enough to catch almost the entire sequence on my cellphone. This is one of my best shots. How about that long tongue????   (Source: Margaret's Corner)
Source: Margaret's Corner - April 28, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll cats Source Type: blogs

Did I have Covid-19?
A few blog readers have suggested to me, privately, that the awful flu I had back in early January might have been Covid-19. But well before I had read their suggestions, that same thought had occurred to me, too, in the early days of the outbreak here in Italy. So this morning I decided to write a post about it, just for the record. I certainly did have some of the Covid-19 symptoms, namely: fatigue (probably my very first symptom) sore throat (also an early symptom) terrible intestinal woes (ditto as above) high fever…a very high fever aches, of course nasal congestion cough (see below) and, finally, pneumonia, y...
Source: Margaret's Corner - April 27, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll coronavirus covid-19 Source Type: blogs

Lockdown update
I haven’t done any research and haven’t published any posts, lately. Duh, that’s quite obvious! And yet, now that I have more free time during the total lockdown here in Italy, you’d think I’d be on the computer all the time, looking up stuff. No, not really happening. Simply put, I just don’t feel like it. I’ve been doing other things instead. Before continuing, I should state that I COMPLETELY support the coronavirus-caused lockdown, and I think the Italian government has done an excellent job, given the circumstances, which were (and are) extremely difficult. However, this month...
Source: Margaret's Corner - April 21, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll coronavirus covid-19 Source Type: blogs

Social distancing
Last week I noticed four of my cats sleeping in the sun, in the four corners of our bed, each on a different blanket. I immediately thought of Social Distancing, two words that are, unfortunately, very familiar to all of us these days… Cats are the best!!! (Source: Margaret's Corner)
Source: Margaret's Corner - April 5, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll social distancing Source Type: blogs

Treating COVID-19 in a patient with multiple myeloma
Some readers have recently been asking me about curcumin and Covid-19. Is it good or bad to be taking it if you contract coronavirus?  Can it reduce your risk of contracting Covid-19? (See my post on vitamina D, incidentally.) I don’t know. If I had any answers, believe me, I’d be publishing them…immediately. Well, it just so happens that this afternoon I read a very interesting Science Daily article that may shed some light on this matter. It discusses the case study of ONE myeloma patient, in Wuhan, who was given an immunosuppressant drug, a monoclonal antibody, called tocilizumab. Here’s th...
Source: Margaret's Corner - April 4, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll curcumin myeloma tocilizumab Source Type: blogs

John ’ s post
This morning I read and really enjoyed my friend John’s post, “Today will not be here tomorrow,” and decided to give you the link to it: https://goodbloodbadblood.com/2020/03/27/today-will-not-be-here-tomorrow/?fbclid=IwAR0eeATsBAJDPOxMMajDnq85BSnLf7FApQFegnZpa4g6XA_6punacPJjFg8 I agree with him 100%, incidentally. The only thing I would add is this: if only other countries, including the U.S., had paid attention to what has been happening in my beloved Italy…if only…eh… I could go on for hours on this subject. But today let us simply enjoy John’s post. I will keep my rants and ...
Source: Margaret's Corner - April 2, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Source Type: blogs

Music that brings people together
Last night Stefano and I watched a lovely TV program called, in Italian, “Musica che unisce,” literally translated as Music that unites. In addition to comedians, actors (Luca ZIngaretti, whom I adore), dancers (Roberto Bolle) athletes (Federica Pellegrini), and even regular folks like us, 25 well-known Italian musicians (Andrea Bocelli, see photo below, and the Three Tenors, e.g.) got together, from their homes, to thank and raise money for Italy’s Protezione Civile, similar to a Civil Defense, which has the goal of predicting, preventing and managing national disasters and catastrophes, both natural and...
Source: Margaret's Corner - April 1, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Source Type: blogs

The Kiss
Today I thought I’d post a cute, well, okay, a TOTALLY ADORABLE photo of two of my cats “kissing” each other. It happened a few evenings ago, while Stefano and I were preparing dinner in the kitchen. Our two baby girls, Pandora on the left, Pixie on the right, were perched on the dining room table, watching us…They looked so cute that I stopped what I was doing, picked up my cell phone and began taking photos of them and, therefore, by pure chance, caught this gesture of affection, too… A sweet, carefree moment at a time when there is not much to smile about. #IoRestoACasa!!! (Source: Margaret's Corner)
Source: Margaret's Corner - March 30, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Source Type: blogs

Vitamin D and coronavirus
I’ve been cautious, very cautious, about writing a post on supplements that might help reduce the risk of being infected with Covid-19, for what I think are obvious reasons!, but this morning I came across an interesting new study by the University of Turin showing that hospitalized coronavirus patients here in Italy have very low levels of vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D might also explain why the virus has been killing mostly elderly people here in Italy… At any rate, this news just got released, so I couldn’t find any articles in English, unfortunately, but you can use Google Translate, if needed. ...
Source: Margaret's Corner - March 27, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll vitamin D and coronavirus Source Type: blogs

“ Nessun dorma ”
An Italian tenor, Maurizio Marchini, who lives in Florence, joined the nationwide flash mob a few days ago. Standing on his terrace, he sang “Nessun Dorma,” from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. So beautiful and inspiring… Nessun Dorma means “Let no one sleep.” And, of course, we all know that the famous cry “Vincerò” means “I will be victorious.” A very apt choice for these terrible times… (Source: Margaret's Corner)
Source: Margaret's Corner - March 19, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll coronavirus Nessun dorma Source Type: blogs

Virtual museum tours
If you’re at home right now because of the (necessary!) quarantine and don’t know what to do with yourself, why not take a virtual tour of 12 famous museums, including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence? I’ve never been to the Guggenheim in NYC, so I’ll take its tour later on today. First, I have to have my daily chat/update with my neighbors to make sure they’re all okay. We chat from our terraces, of course. Then I have to put in a grocery order from a lovely little shop just down the street from us…It carries only local produce, mostly organic. This little shop has saved us in this diff...
Source: Margaret's Corner - March 18, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll covid-19 virtual museum tours Source Type: blogs

Italy reacting to Covid-19
Italians have shown the world how to react to a quarantine and lockdown imposed by the spread of Covid-19.  Singing, clapping, dancing, and playing instruments from their balconies and terraces. This has been happening all over Italy, a sort of country-wide flash mob. For days now. Spain has picked up the message and is doing the same. It’s a way to feel united and also to help those who are alone and finding it difficult to stay indoors. I have watched a lot of videos showing these impromptu Italian flash mobs–you can find heaps of them on YouTube–but the one that brought tears to my eyes towards th...
Source: Margaret's Corner - March 17, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll covid-19 Italia Source Type: blogs

Covid-19
I have received messages from concerned blog readers, asking me if I’m okay. Today I’m posting just a quick note to say that, yes, I’m fine, as is my family. I’m staying at home, and in fact I have stayed at home since the first few coronavirus cases appeared in Italy, therefore before the government reached the brave and difficult decision to impose a total lockdown here… With a compromised immune system, you can’t take any chances… But I have to go now. I am in the middle of my “spring” cleaning (the cats are exhausted from watching me zip around the house, cleanin...
Source: Margaret's Corner - March 15, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll coronavirus covid-19 Italy Source Type: blogs

“ Use of curcumin in multiple myeloma patients intolerant of steroid therapy ”
Conclusion”). The other 12 patients, however, are stable and doing well, in spite of the fact that some have high-risk cytogenetic and FISH abnormalities. The combination of curcumin and the other conventional drugs reduced their paraprotein levels by 38%, and plasmacytosis by 59%. How about that? Anyway, it’s not a difficult read, methinks, so please have a look at the above link… Thank you, Dr. Golombick! I am so grateful to you and your team for all your tireless work. You give us hope!!! :-) Thank You Thank You Thank You!!! We need MORE studies like this one! Not 10 years from now…but…N...
Source: Margaret's Corner - February 28, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll curcumin Golombick myeloma Source Type: blogs

Quick update
Well, quite a lot has happened since I wrote my post on the loss of our Priscilla. A few days after her death, Stefano came home complaining of a sore throat, which soon turned into a full-blown case of bronchitis: more proof, to me anyway!, of a close association between stress (and, in this case, probably grief as well) and a lowering of the immune defenses. Anyway, we tried to be careful, but to no avail: on top of everything else, I caught his bronchitis and was sick (againnnnnn!) for about two weeks. This happened in mid January or thereabouts. So, all in all, I was sick/convalescent/sick/convalescent for more than a ...
Source: Margaret's Corner - February 27, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll coronavirus curcumin myeloma Source Type: blogs

Priscilla
Well, it’s been a really rough three weeks. The first thing that happened was on January 1, no kidding, when I came down with a case of the flu (much worse than the before-Xmas flu). It’s going around. A lot of people are sick with this thing. Anyway, it hit me with a very high fever and huge gastrointestinal issues. Terrible. Plus, one night, delirious with fever, I fell against the bathroom wall and injured my wrist. Ouch. Because my wrist was all swollen and hurt like the dickens, and I feared it might be fractured, Stefano took me to the emergency room at Florence’s university hospital, Careggi. We sp...
Source: Margaret's Corner - January 20, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll cat Source Type: blogs

Buone Feste! Happy Holidays!
Well, this year I have to admit that I don’t have much in the way of a festive spirit, which is very unusual for me. I have always loved the Xmas holidays, decorating the house, making cookies, etc. Not this year. There are several reasons why I’ve been down and out about the holidays. One is that Stefano and I were supposed to be in Prague right now, lovely Prague with its glittering streets and Xmas markets…but instead we’re still here, in Florence. We had to cancel our trip to Prague because I came down with a rather nasty case of the flu (high fever, etc.) on the eve of our departure. Of course...
Source: Margaret's Corner - December 24, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Source Type: blogs

Let ’ s have some chillies!
I just read a nice bit of news this morning. A new Italian study shows that eating peperoncini, the Italian word for chilli peppers (also spelled chili, with one “l,” mainly in the U.S.), can cut our risk of having a heart attack or stroke by 40%. Yes, by a whopping 40%!!! Here’s the link to the CNN article about this study: https://cnn.it/36Fatro It should be noted that other researchers cast a few doubts on the study’s findings, pointing out that perhaps people who eat chillies are also eating more vegetables, as well as other herbs and spices, so it would be difficult to figure out if the pu...
Source: Margaret's Corner - December 17, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll chili chili pepper chilli peppers chillies myeloma Source Type: blogs

Curcumin and myeloma: a new patient study
A very small Indonesian study came up with some interesting conclusions about curcumin given to myeloma patients who were also taking melphalan and prednisone (MP): http://bit.ly/348vHwY The study evaluated two groups of myeloma patients, a control group of 16 patients who took only the MP, and a treatment group consisting of 17 people who also took 8 grams of curcumin in addition to the MP. After 28 days, as we can read in the study, “There was a significant decrease of NF-KB, VEGF, TNF-?, LDH levels in the treatment group compared with control. There was a decreasing trend of IL-6 levels in the treatment group...
Source: Margaret's Corner - November 20, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll curcumin curcumin and myeloma Source Type: blogs

Treat so-called “ high-risk ” smoldering myeloma … Yes or No?
My (predictable) answer is “NO, absolutely NOT.” Not until you begin having CRAB symptoms. But first things first… I began writing this post last week, then I just had too many things to do so I didn’t finish my draft. Then, yesterday morning, before going to work, I came across an article by Dr. Brian Durie (I don’t think I need to explain who he is!) making some of the points I had already made in my draft, BUT from the point of view of a world-famous hematologist. So I decided to cut my draft in half and give you the link to Dr. Durie’s piece: http://bit.ly/2WWwsX9 But, of cours...
Source: Margaret's Corner - November 7, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll HR SMM lenalidomide Source Type: blogs

An easy method for preventing the flu
Thanks to Lori, this morning I read a very interesting article in Forbes magazine about how to (help) prevent getting the flu AND how to lower hospital infections. Such a simple, easy thing we can all do… Have a look: http://bit.ly/31RP6QT Very very interesting…makes sense, too! (Source: Margaret's Corner)
Source: Margaret's Corner - October 28, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll preventing the flu Source Type: blogs

Dirty dishes
I’ve been interested in this topic ever since, months ago, I watched an interview on CNN with the neuroscientist Matthew Walker. Eight hours of sleep, he says, is what we need. Eight hours of sleep in complete darkness (otherwise our brains won’t release melatonin, something I didn’t know…). An important point (again, something I didn’t know!): taking naps to catch up on our sleep doesn’t count. “Unfortunately, says Matthew Walker,” “sleep is not like the bank. You cannot accumulate a debt and then hope to pay it off at a later time.” And, he added, “Human...
Source: Margaret's Corner - October 14, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll sleep deprivation Source Type: blogs

Busy busy busy
Time does fly, doesn’t it? Yesterday I realized I haven’t posted anything since September 6 (!). Ouch! I don’t think that’s my record for NOT posting, but it has to be close! Anyway, this morning I have a bit of free time, hah!, so I thought I’d post a note just to let you know that I’m fine, Stefano’s fine, the kitties are fine. We’re just all SUPER BUSY! Well, okay, truth be told, the kitties aren’t that busy,  except with finding the best spot to take a nice nap,  preferably on our bed, in the sunlight…Or, as in the above photo, on the couch (Pandora...
Source: Margaret's Corner - October 11, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Source Type: blogs

Wow, what a holiday!
Stefano and I returned from England almost a week ago, last Saturday evening, but since then I’ve had a million things to do, not just heaps of laundry, food shopping, and the usual household-related stuff (cat litter, cat this, cat that, cat everything!), but also getting together with my girlfriends, a very important part of my life!, AND planning my English lessons for next week. I still  need to fit my sessions at the rehab center into my weekly schedule. These are the workouts I still need to do both for my shoulder AND for my tendinitis, which actually behaved incredibly well after the first week or so on ...
Source: Margaret's Corner - September 6, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Lake District Peak District Sandsend Shambles Straithes Whitby York Source Type: blogs

Holiday, holiday, holidaaaaay!
Well, it’s time for us to go on holiday…As usual, the cats are staying at home, under the loving care of our fabulous cat sitter and our fabulous neighbor. So…Stefano and I are all set to go off and enjoy our time in the UK. Take care, everyone, and have a wonderful August! And…see you in September…unless, of course, I decide to post something from the Lake District (doubtful, but…you never know…).   Oh I do enjoy these “Keep Calm” signs…hehe. (Source: Margaret's Corner)
Source: Margaret's Corner - August 10, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Source Type: blogs

Test results
Just got home from picking up my most recent blood (and urine) test results. Okay, let’s see, there’s a lot of positive stuff to report. Compared to my last tests, my M-spike and monoclonal component have gone down, my total IgG is also maintaining its downward trend, ESR is down, hey cholesterol is down, too…total protein, down…calcium and creatinine, no change (both still within normal range). There are a couple of things that aren’t so good: 1. my hemoglobin is just under the normal range…again…I see a few steaks in my future, sigh; 2. my B2M is up (again) to 3, that is, sli...
Source: Margaret's Corner - August 5, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll smoldering myeloma Source Type: blogs

Quick tendinitis update
I’m officially beyond the acute phase of my posterior tibial tendinitis. That means: no more pain, no more limping, and…I’m walking normally. Yaaay! My recovery was really quick, or at least I think it was quick. I’ve definitely become a huge fan of physical therapy…It has really worked for me. That doesn’t mean that I’m cured forever and can just sit back and relax. I will have to return to the sports clinic in September for some final shoulder mobility sessions (although my left shoulder is almost as “good” as my right one now). Then, I’m done… Fo...
Source: Margaret's Corner - August 1, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll posterior tibial tendinitis Source Type: blogs

Posterior tibial tendinitis
Okay, so I have gone from a fractured shoulder to posterior tibial tendinitis. No kidding. From one type of pain to another (worse, IMO, since this one affects my ability to walk properly). Uffa!!! It started about a week ago, more or less. I began experiencing a bit of pain in my left heel area, but, since I have a high pain threshold, I essentially ignored it (first lesson learned: never ignore pain of any sort!)…All I did was apply ice packs to the area a couple of times a day, and that was it. On Saturday, though, as a result of having walked a bit too fast for a bit too long, I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my...
Source: Margaret's Corner - July 24, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll posterior tibial tendinitis tendonitis Source Type: blogs

A belated birthday present …
Stefano accompanied me to my fractured shoulder checkup at the hospital on Friday. I had two X-rays of my left shoulder, and then we went to see the orthopedist. Well, the news is much (MUCH!) better than expected: the fracture is actually no longer visible on the X-rays, yep, no kidding!, and my humerus is back in its place. I am going to need more physiotherapy, since my range of motion is still not perfect, even though I can now put both arms above my head, and you can’t tell the difference between the two. But I still can’t make certain movements, such as reaching behind my back enough to hook my bra. So, ...
Source: Margaret's Corner - July 21, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll fractured humerus Source Type: blogs

Timed release of curcumin inhibits bone cancer cells …
Since I’ve been pretty much housebound because of my fractured humerus, I finally decided to go through our closets and get rid of all the clothes we don’t/can’t wear anymore. Of course, I have to be careful not to hurt my shoulder, and believe me, careful I am! But I can’t just lie around with the cats (our Pixie, in the photo) and watch TV series nonstop…   Speaking of my shoulder, well it’s healing…and healing well, I think. I can now raise my arm above my head. Compare that to a month ago when I could barely lift my arm! Thank you, physiotherapy! I have my third checkup,...
Source: Margaret's Corner - July 15, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll bone cancer curcumin Source Type: blogs

My physical therapy … and cardiac toxicity caused by carfilzomib
First, my big news: I began physiotherapy yesterday, and, drum roll!!!, I won’t have to wear my shoulder brace anymore, or rather, “you don’t have to wear it unless you feel as though you need it,” my physiotherapist told me. She reassured me that there’s no way I could make my shoulder worse unless she jumped up and down on it. And, since that’s not likely to happen, I agreed that the brace should come off. It had become sort of like a Linus blanket (Peanuts reference) for me…I felt safe with it! My physiotherapist pointed out that keeping my arm in a brace at home would have a n...
Source: Margaret's Corner - June 20, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll cardiac toxicity carfilzomib carfilzomib toxicity Source Type: blogs

Healing
This morning I went back to the hospital for a checkup on my fractured (proximal) humerus. Good news, mostly. The orthopedist was quite happy with how my shoulder is healing (I wonder if the healing process has been helped along by my daily intake of curcumin…? Curcumin has been used in traditional medicine to treat bone fractures…hmmm, interesting…). It’s going to take a while, though, before I’ll be able to use my arm normally and go back to my regular bungee jumping (haha, just kidding!!! I mean, kidding about the bungee jumping, of course… ). More good news: next week I can ...
Source: Margaret's Corner - June 14, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll proximal humerus fracture Source Type: blogs

No surgery!!!
Yesterday I went to the hospital to see an orthopedic surgeon who told me to use my left hand as much as possible from now on, so this morning I thought I’d give typing with two hands a try, even though my arm is still in a sling, of course, and I’m not supposed to move my left shoulder at all. Yep, yep, yep, this works…for a short post, anyway… The orthopedist told me that my fracture is borderline for surgery. I’d actually been told the same thing last Monday, so I knew surgery might be in the picture. Aggghhhh!!! For a moment, yesterday, I froze… When I told her about my smoldering...
Source: Margaret's Corner - May 29, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Source Type: blogs