Chemo Brain Quips – No.1 – Peliquins


chemo brain buttonWhile sat with the family at dinner, my husband offered my daughter a glass of Malibu This was a tease, as she had bought herself a bottle of this cocktail on her coming of age and now feels sick at the thought of drinking it. I mentioned that at one time, I had been to Malibu beach in California. My daughter was surprised that a place called Malibu actually existed. I started to describe the beach and how it was frequented by pelicans (or at least that is what I thought I described, I had actually said ‘penguins’) – Penguins! They fell about laughing.

“Is that what I said? – I meant peliquins!” – even more laughter until I eventually managed to say,’pelicans’.

penguins beach

9 thoughts on “Chemo Brain Quips – No.1 – Peliquins

  1. I jumped here from your wonderful comment following “Is Chemo Brain Real?” on the Someone Somewhere blog (Zedie’s). I compare chemo brain to “suddenly acquired ADD” – and the interventions are practically the same.

    I can relate to the [sometimes humorous afterwards] frustration of “the doo-hickey on the thing-a-ma-bob” problem, having lived with the condition all my life: retrieval on demand of [primarily but not exclusively] nouns and names. (helpful hint – if you will mime the verb – for example, using your fingers to mimic a cutting motion when you can’t retrieve “scissors”, the noun will often pop right in.) Different brain parts storing different types of info – different pathway activation.

    A melanoma survivor who did NOT have to endure chemo (deep cut/clean edges), I was glad to read that you were able to do what was necessary to recover (or work around) the cognitive skills that went missing following your chemo sessions. Congrats! Onward and upward.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • Thanks Madelyn. I have many friends with ADD (most of them I met at Art College) so know of something that you have. I am about to do an RYA weekend sailing refresher of skills and drills. I used to do lots of sailing but I need to remember or relearn vital skills to stay safe. Am also doing balance exercises each time I go through the hallway. My balance needs to be like it was before chemo if I am going to be on a boat. Really looking forward to it.

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      • Yeah – creatives and ADD – practically diagnostic. 🙂 (My first career was theatre.)

        Sounds like you’re doing the right things – balance coordination and motor control are the most solidly established functions “regulated” by the cerebellum, but it is currently indicated in cognitive functions like attention and language (improve one and the other follows – the theory behind come forms of movement therapy.)

        Have a wonderful time on your boat.

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