"I'll bring you something to eat with it in a minute. I have something else to do."
I did not enquire what could be so important as to hold up delivery of my co-pill snack. Some things I don't need to know, and nor do you. She'd just been watching a long TV programme, had rushed to perform kitchen duties and probably should have detoured on the way to the kitchen, but enough said. I'm a patient man by nature and these little derelictions don't faze me.
I have a pressing and enduring concern that this thing in my brain is crowding out the useful bit, and Alzheimer's, memory loss or dementia will be my fate, so anything I can do to slow it down I will.
When she returned with the snack, I had up on the screen this news article from our trusty ABC online news:
Curry drug could help rebuild brain after stroke
There was additional information in another article. Not only did it have implications for the memory-destroying capacity of the drugs I'm on, it may, according to the study in the first article, reduce "stroke-caused motor deficits – problems of muscle and movement control...."
I never had a stroke, but many of the effects of the brain tumour in the motor area for my right side are identical.
"The active component is [I'll fill this in later – I've forgotten!] based on the saffron component of the [forgotten this too] herb," I said to her. "It seems you can get it as a capsule. I'd love some of that."
"Hang on a minute," she said. "I read about that some time ago."
She's always read about these things before they hit the news, in her odd quest to keep me alive as long as possible. I honestly don't know why, but to continue....
I can think of every other herb known to the Spice Islands and even the Baby Jesus ones, but this one won't come to me till I get the news item back up on the screen.
CIRCUMIN in TURMERIC. CIRCUMIN in TURMERIC. CIRCUMIN in TURMERIC – yes, I had to look it up, dammit.
"There's a warning that Circumin doesn't go with Avastin," she said. "They negate each other or something, I can't quite remember how it works."
I looked that warning up on google too, and sure enough, there was an explanation on a colon cancer page. If this is right, it doesn't negate the anti-angiogenesis of Avastin, it does something just as dangerous. It reinforces it, but not in a good way.
[I]f you are taking Avastin or any type of blood thinner such as Coumadin or Lovenox, then you should not take Circumin. The anti-angiogenesis effects of it in combination with those of Avastin can be a double whammy....I've never heard of Lovenox or Coumadin, but I'm injected daily with Clexane, which does the same job as a blood thinner. I'm clot-city I am.
...Double whammies are bad because none of these medicines or spices or herbs restrict their activities to tumors. The effect of anti-angiogenesis drugs on the rest of your system is to inhibit wound healing. Avastin puts you at a much higher risk for GI bleeds (or brain bleeds) and then the Lovenox or Circumin will both increase that risk, and make it harder to stop bleeding.*
This ramble is a convoluted way of saying that when it comes to treating yourself with pills and potions when you're already on patent drugs of various types, it's fools who rush in. I could easily have been tempted to see if Circumin was available at the health store, and they could cheerfully have sold it to me. [OK, maybe there would be warnings on the label; I have no idea.] I could have taken it thinking I might help delay loss of memory or related conditions as well as motor skills, and blown my brain up after the next Avastin infusion – which is a very precisely measured dose based on body weight.
These are just studies, which means there's much testing to be done and much to take into account before getting carried away. And surprise of surprises, not everything you read on the net is true.
Rely on impulse, and the next thing that happens is you may well get carried away – on a one-way trip you-know-where.
Oh – last thing. I almost forgot [again] to come back to where I started. Remember I said I'd forgotten what the treat was that Tracey gave me with my tea last night? I'm just going to have to ask her what it was because even to save my life I can't remember, and it's driving me nuts.
It's like it never happened. Mind you, I was focused on that article on memory a time. Yeah. That's it.
* My underlining.