Friday, February 09, 2007

Fun Facts About Peripheral Neuropathy

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is the wasting and inflammation of nerve tissues, often manifest in peripheral extremities (fingertips, hands, toes, and feet), caused by certain chemotherapeutic agents. The nerve damaging effects of chemotherapy are cumulative and may or may not be reversible.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy often include numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, paralysis, ataxia, and a loss of manual dexterity that seriously fucks with the ability to type. These symptoms may cause sufferers to, for example, mistype the word "thong" wherever they meant to say "thing" in a very important document. If such typing errors remain undetected due to hyperopathy, chemo brain, and the limitations of spellcheck, they may lead to unbridled hilarity and/or excessively grave embarrassment.

7 Comments:

Blogger Rachel Whetzel said...

OMG! You have me laughing right now! I hope your chemo brain goes away soon!

rachel

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jenny F. Scientist said...

I just read a manuscript where they wrote "fetal outcomes" every time. (Fatal.) Maybe they had chemo brain too.

12:55 PM  
Blogger UrbanCowgirl said...

Heh. Hope this sorts itself out soon!

Watch out for accidentally substituting "pubic" for "public". I've done that a couple of times in assessed work, and I didn't have cancer and chemo as an explanation. :-~

9:01 PM  
Blogger Christina Shaver said...

At least you have a god excuse!

10:24 PM  
Blogger Bec said...

Your thing/thong reminded me of a poem called the the impotence of proofreading by Taylor Mali. http://www.taylormali.com/index.cfm?webid=30

4:50 PM  
Blogger Lymphopo said...

That poem is hilarious!

5:21 PM  
Blogger Lymphopo said...

I have a deranged confession: I just purchased an ugly pair of embroidered slacks on eBay for no other reason than that the seller had listed them as "Black Embroiled Stretch Pants." I loved that typo way too much not to own the damn things. And just in case it's NOT a typo, I REALLY have to own them.

9:49 PM  

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