Wednesday, August 26, 2009

8/26/09... Another day?

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So, It is getting worse today. I seem to be waking up to the same conclusion; it will never end, there is no cure. What would Jack Kevorkian do in this situation? I'm kidding, of course... but you never really know for sure do you. I dont really know what direction this is headed. I really don't care to be quite honest. You have to take it day by day.

My throat is sore and my right ear hurts... sinus infection caused by a cold? It could be, if I were an optimist, but even then, do I want to think about going into the hospital for a cold and then never coming back out? Wow... there is a thought.

I ate Chinese food for lunch.. too much MSG gives me a headache. Or is it really the MSG?

These are the earlier symptoms of Meso... it doesnt matter what you are feeling, if it isnt right, call your doctor. You need to find out.

By the way, nose-bleeds are not a good sign...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Where do I go now...

I have a family member who has Mesothelioma and it is very hard on her and on the rest of the family. Sometimes she wants to take drastic measures just to release herself and everyone else from the pain... What should she do... What should the rest of us do?

Malignant mesothelioma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the pleura (the thin layer of tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs) or the peritoneum (the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen and covers most of the organs in the abdomen). This summary is about malignant mesothelioma of the pleura.

Being exposed to asbestos can affect the risk of developing malignant mesothelioma.
Anything that increases your chance of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer; not having risk factors doesn’t mean that you will not get cancer. People who think they may be at risk should discuss this with their doctor.
Many people with malignant mesothelioma have worked or lived in places where they inhaled or swallowed asbestos. After being exposed to asbestos, it usually takes a long time for malignant mesothelioma to occur. Other risk factors for malignant mesothelioma include the following:
Living with a person who works near asbestos.
Being exposed to a certain virus.
Possible signs of malignant mesothelioma include shortness of breath and pain under the rib cage.
Sometimes the cancer causes fluid to collect around the lung or in the abdomen. These symptoms may be caused by the fluid or malignant mesothelioma. Other conditions may cause the same symptoms. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur:
Trouble breathing.
Pain under the rib cage.
Pain or swelling in the abdomen.
Lumps in the abdomen.
Weight loss for no known reason.
Tests that examine the inside of the chest and abdomen are used to detect (find) and diagnose malignant mesothelioma.