Saturday, August 4, 2007

Oh, My Aching Bones!

Two nights ago my hip bones started to ache and throb. I've never given birth, but I imagine that the sharp jolts of pain must be a little like labor. After each new round of "labor" pains, I'd let the expletives fly. Thank God, Extra Strength Tylenol takes the edge off.

The aching bones are a side effect of the Neupogen injections that I've been receiving daily for the last week. The resulting hip pain is because the bone marrow is working harder to produce more white cells and stem cells.

Even though I might yelp out, "Oh, shit!" when the Tylenol wears off, I'm delighted that the little factory in my bones is working overtime to pump out those stem cells.

"Go stem cells, go stem cells." (Chant this with shoulders bobbing and arms gyrating in an oval pattern.)


Lisa Cooper-Keil said...

Susan, Might you ask your doc if you can use analgesic patches for temporary pain relief? I have these wonderful ones I got from a Chinese medicine supply company that have wonderful soothing herbs as well as the usual menthol stuff...they don't feel weird like icy-hot - and they worked wonders on my bad upper back! I would gladly mail you some but yu should find out if it is OK first. GO STEM CELLS GO!!

Karen said...

I'm chanting! But I don't think I'm getting the arm movements right.

I was a high school cheerleader -- here are some more cheers to try out:

"Whadda we want? Stem cells! When do we wannem'? Now!"

"Hey, hey whadya say, let's pump those cells out right away!"

"Now listen, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, he went down the alleys and up the streets shouting Carrier Stem Cells can't be beat!"

And of course, that old standby "Ta-da-da-DA-da-DA ... Charge!!!!"
(Not to be confused with the cheer when arriving at the mall.)

Mrs. Duck

Barbara Roth said...

I would like to help with a witty cheer, but unfortunaely I spent my high school years in the library instead of on the cheerleading squad. I could help if you'd like me to name the color of the stem cells or collage a poster for you to focus and meditate on. Sorry about the pain, you as usual put a positive spin on it. Hope those stem cells multiply and produce rapidly for you.

Susan Carrier said...

Lisa, I've never heard of the analgesic patches, but the Tylenol seems to be doing the trick.

Great cheers, Karen!

Ooh, I'd like to see that collage poster, Barbara. : )

Rich Nemec said...


I was glad to read (belatedly) that you have been declared "in total remission," and that your reading a IWOSC went so well last month. All the best to you and your family (and extented cancer-bloging family).

--Rich Nemec

Mathews Family said...

I believe we called that dance the Cabbage Patch in junior high :)

suzy keleher said...

happy stem cell producing...a great thing to give birth to! I hope the pain is lessened by a good you lots, Suze