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Greg’s annual holiday

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Tomorrow, I am to be booked into the Benalla Hospital for about a week but you won’t notice a difference because I haven’t been up to posting much lately.

I have been on morphine since my prostate cancer was diagnosed back in April 2008.  As time goes by, the body becomes immune and the dosage has to be increased.  The current dose is 100 mg both morning and evenings with liquid shots as required to manage the pain breakthrough.

The objective is to infuse some other pain killer through a tube into the stomach whilst my body adjusts to going without the ‘Hillbilly Heroin”.  I have been told that it is not a comfortable time and that the side effects are a build-up of fluids and an increase in appetite.  I am genuinely not looking forward to the process.  They say this process resets the pain receptors so that less medication is rquired to manage the pain.

From the outside, it probably looks just like one more medical procedure but from the patients standpoint, it is just another reminder of the disease that is wasting you away.


Written by Greg Naylor

6 September 2009 at 9:13 pm

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  1. Hold on there, Greg. You seem (from this perspective) to have kept this thing at bay so far. Well done.

    And look, despite today’s loss there’s still a chance the Maggies could make it back for another crack against the Saints in the GF.

    No one could have stopped Riewoldt today so it was no disgrace to lose.

    Getting your appetite back has to be a good thing too.

    Cheers, Ray

    Ray Dixon

    6 September 2009 at 9:37 pm

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  3. Best wishes as always, Greg. Thinking of you.


    7 September 2009 at 8:50 am

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