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Taking a hit with pneumonia

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Greg’s Greatest Journey – Weekly Update

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Dear family and friends

The wheels fell off this week as I went down with pleurisy and pneumonia.  Isn’t it amazing, I never got so much as a sore throat with Pauline’s recent bout of the flu, and here we go, copping the worst of it.

With the immune system under stress from the pain management and hormone therapy treatments, this is the second last thing a cancer patient needs. (the other is waking up dead).

Through the Border Mail article, I have become good friends with a lady in Sydney doing it tough with lymphoma.  We share our ups and downs on a daily basis through email.  I have been unable to contact Dianne all week so I figured there must be something wrong.  I phoned last night to find she has been in hospital and on oxygen since Tuesday also with pneumonia.  Poor bugger! There is always someone doing it tougher than you are.

This week I have learned so much more about intense pain.  It has been so severe that yelling becomes involuntary.  Breathing becomes so difficult that you really wonder if you will survive.  When I go to bed, I have to have a charged syringe of liquid morphine and the Ventolin at the ready because I know I could not get to the supplies without collapsing.

SmokersFor the first time in my life, I resorted to a ‘joint’ to help ease the distress … and yes, I did inhale!. Used over the top of the morphine liquid, it really did help and, whilst I was expecting the high we hear so much about, it never eventuated.  That is one more tool now in the arsenal of pain management.  Fortunately, the anti-biotics and anti-inflamatories are kicking in and I expect the worst has passed … this time.  Bloody scary though!

As a result, the vegie patch has not had much attention this week although I got some tomatoes planted together with Chinese cabbage seeds.  The corn seed I planted a fortnight ago have failed to germinate so they will be replaced with purple popcorn seeds that a friend has supplied. I have to confess to purchasing lettuce and basil seedlings for the first time ever – I just love collecting and planting my own home grown seed.


Written by Greg Naylor

20 September 2008 at 12:00 am

Posted in Greg Naylor, Health, my fight, PERSONAL

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  1. I resorted to a ‘joint’

    Is that what you were smoking today, Greg, at Milawa? I thought you looked a little glassy eyed. Anyway, aftet tonight’s game, that’s what I feel like. I might drive out to Wandi and see if Daryl’s got any.


    20 September 2008 at 10:34 pm

  2. Guaranteed to ease the pain – and I guess your’s is worse than mine

    Greg Naylor

    20 September 2008 at 11:04 pm

  3. I’m nearly over it now, Greg. Yeah that Wandi ganja is a miracle worker. I should stay on it; there’s an election coming up and apparently there’s a lot of votes in the pot head sector (although I think Browser Bob has got them tied up).


    22 September 2008 at 12:30 am

  4. That is one more tool now in the arsenal of pain management.

    That at least is good news. Re the “high”, there are several brain active chemicals in marijuana. Their levels and ratios within the marijuana you are smoking (which can vary from strain to strain and plant to plant) will alter what effect inhalation will have on your brain.

    In theory it is possible to breed marijuana that will have minimal “stoned” effect whilst still being useful in pain relief. According to renowned Dutch breeders, Sensi, Ruderalis Indica is the example of such a strain.


    22 September 2008 at 10:44 pm

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