A bit of an offbeat take by Susan Gubar on one of the side effects of chemo, lack of pleasure from activities normally pleasurable, in relation to having a drink. While in the first month after transplant, eating was a chore and gave no pleasure (largely due to deadened sense of taste), once that went away I actually enjoyed – and continue to enjoy – food even more. As for alcohol, I never drank very much anyway, largely stopped for the first year post transplant, but now am back to having the occasional small glass of wine.
We all have our tastes and likes, and I understand the relief when she was able to enjoy a glass of wine again, just as for me, being able to walk and bike was important. A sense of normalcy returns. Quote:
A quick Web search will tell you which chemicals — and which medications prescribed along with them — will cause adverse effects when combined with alcohol. With this warning in mind, a few years ago I consulted my oncologist, who assured me that I could drink anything in moderation. The power to choose my own toxins buoyed me up in theory, but in practice some forms of chemotherapy gave me mouth sores that made drinking painful or tainted a sip with a weirdly metallic taste. Even these drawbacks might not have stopped me, were it not for another grotesque side effect, one rarely mentioned to patients and hard to describe: anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable. Not all chemotherapies induce this zombie state of not-wanting, not-desiring, not-relishing, but a few do in some benighted people.