While I was away this week staying in another hotel I happened to be looking on the net when I found an article entitled Chemo Brain (I hate that name)
Apparently chemotherapy affects the brain causing mild cognitive impairment. The notable effects are:
Forgetting things that you usually have no trouble recalling– memory lapses.
Trouble concentrating–you can’t focus on the task at hand.
Trouble remembering details like names, dates, and sometimes larger events.
Trouble multi-tasking, like answering the phone while cooking, without losing track of one of them– less ability to do more than one thing at a time.
Taking longer to finish things –slower thinking and processing.
Trouble remembering common words–can’t finish a sentence because you can’t find the right words.
Fatigue (tiredness and lack of energy).
Confusion and mental fogginess..
The effects are ‘mild’ because the blood brain barrier limits the passage of the large chemical molecules of the drugs from entering the brain and central nervous system. However in my case as well as the normal chemo they injected the drugs directly past the blood brain barrier due to the risk caused by the cancer in my spine, cool!
So what ever your name is that explains a lot!! Now I forget, what was I saying?
On the book front the publishers have asked for a short author bio and a picture. My initial reaction was not to bother. Who would want to buy a book with my picture on it! But I have relented after all how can you prove that you actually wrote a book? The authors name could be a happy coincidence a photo proves it.
So a suitably Photo Shopped (Got to take a few years off after all) picture is on its way to the publishers. I hope I don’t regret it!
Tried sticking active links into the text to make things more informative and interesting.