It’s ten months ago that I started my afatinib tablets.  At the time, I didn’t expect to feel any improvement.  Not because they weren’t working, but because I thought the pain in my back, post surgery, was related to bone damage.  In other words, I thought I was stuck with it.

Four days into the treatment, my pain vanished.  It struck me then that this was the medicine shrinking the nasty buttock tumour I didn’t really know I had.  Just four days and the medicine worked!

Now the aforementioned groin (buttock) tumour is back.  Who knows where else in my body the nasties have grown too.  At least I can’t feel them.  So my scientific testing of osimertinib effectiveness is going to be how quickly my groin tumour gets zapped away by the medicine.

10.30am and I down the first tablet.  10.48am I can’t feel any change.  Similar at 11am.  Dave, I think this is going to take days rather than minutes.

Indeed, my tumour pain worsens through the day.  So much so that by the time I’m out with my work gang in the evening I’m actually in a great deal of discomfort.  I hadn’t helped myself, with every one of my four painkillers timed to cease working at around 9pm.  But I found myself dragging myself back to my car in severe pain.  Made worse by finding it difficult to squeeze into my sexy BMW.

I got home a few minutes later and started throwing more drugs down my throat.  A little relief but not as complete as I’d enjoyed over the previous couple of days.  This was close to my Friday night let’s get to hospital pain.  Not quite warranting a new trip.

This morning I’ve decided to stagger the medicines better.  Having the naproxen and slow release morphine expire at different times is probably the key.  As long as the gap of no morphine doesn’t hurt too much.

Then roll on 10.30am.  My osimertinib time.  Maybe pill two can start pushing back the nasty tumour.  I suspect it’ll be day four or five.  Although I can’t find anything online about how quickly these drugs work.  Sooner definitely suits.

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