Lucky Genes

Sunday, Dec. 20

Why do I have a runny nose and watery eyes?

Today we went to my mom’s house for lunch.  Some of my cousins were there.  I had an interesting conversation with my cousin, who had Non-Hodgekins Lymphoma at 19, followed by thyroid cancer, then breast cancer, and then melanoma.  She should be dead by now, but is still going strong.  Hope I have some of whatever genes she is carrying that is keeping her alive!

Runny nose and water eyes still bothering me at night.


Later that day….

My friend, who also had cancer wrote me and told me this….

The bothersome eyes are caused by the 5-fluorouracil drug in your chemotherapy mixture.   She said her eyes started to sting and run proufsely between cycles 4 and 5.  Her and her husband were on a holiday by a lake and she was very uncomfortable with her painful eyes.   She thought she was developing a seasonal allergy (because of her weakened immunes system) but the oncology nurse told it was the 5 -fu drug.  Sure enough, the eye problem went away even before the end of cycle 6.

I phoned the chemo. dept.  the next day and asked them if my watery eyes had anything to do with my chemo meds.  The woman who answered said no, it would have shown up by now (although I typically respond atypically to drugs)… delayed reaction is my specialty.  I just hope it goes away soon.

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