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    KarenG-WN

    Thank you so much! It really helps. I'm just starting my journey second long chemo on Monday. I also have been very lucky with side effects. I had a panic attack in the grocery store last week, but got past that and am very careful.

    May I ask where in Minnesota you live? I'm in Chisago City.

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    This may sound stupid, but here goes. So far everything has gone according to planned treatment, but I do have some fears regarding the effects of the chemo as it continues.

    My second concern is how do you manage simple things like going out in public safely? How do you go grocery shopping etc without exposing yourself to others illnesses. I did go out and covered my mouth and nose with a hanky to try to protect myself. I do limit my contact while my blood count is low.

    Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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      leepenn

      hi there - how many chemo treatments have you had? i'm nine cycles in, and i'm now anemic... this is my worst side effect so far. i feel tired and out of breath. happily, i've been very lucky in terms of other common side effects.

      as for the ol immune system - my counts there are low as well. this stuff is tough on us! i wash my hands a bunch... cleaned my keyboard... etc... and i don't shake hands with people etc... but otherwise, i'm just living my life. i ride my bike - i shop for food - i take the kids to the library... i just take care to keep my hands clean and if someone is ill, i ask them to not come to my office... if kids are sick, they aren't invited to play at our house... etc... so, i guess i'm taking what i consider to be reasonable precautions without placing gross limits on my daily living. does that make sense?

      i have had one cold since starting chemo ... and it sucked... but i made it through. it was immediately following a business trip, so i'm pretty sure the travel had something to do with that!

      so, i guess i would say keep taking precautions... but try to relax just a little..... if you go out in public, wash your hands as soon as you get home...etc...

      good luck! we in minnesota have harder winters, so i think we have to be a bit more careful.... but i don't think we have to hole up and not see anyone....

      lee

      about 5 years ago
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      blndescorpio49

      Wash your hands, wash your hands. Use a paper towel to open doors when you leave a public restroom. Avoid crowds. Get lots of sleep. I was in the middle of chemo last year at Christmas. All I had was one cold but it was a bad one. Never go the flu and I work in a clinic! Another thing sanitized your door knobs a lot!

      about 5 years ago
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