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of November. I really was just barely well enough to give a party
early in December. And I was very tired. It makes you very tired,
and you have pain at night.
After the shingles burst and kind of heal up, you have a kind of
a neurological pain, a severe neuralgia really.
Well, the nerve ends are affected, aren't they?
Yes. It was terribly, terribly painful. And the doctors
that I knew knew nothing about shingles, and the only help I got was
from the suggested name of somebody in Emory University who was the
head of the Pain Clinic, who said what to do. Do not take codeine, have
nerve stimulants, electric stimulation of the nerves, those little
pads that you could have brought in with a little machine, and they
stimulate the nerve ends and sort of distract the pain.
Were you hospitalized?
No, I was at home. But I had people coming to do this for
me, sometimes twice a day.
Well anyway, so that took care of a lot of time in the fall,
but in spite of that, I would get up sometimes and would occasionally
see somebody. But most of the time I was actually in bed.
I saw Mr. Ronald Grierson of the EORTC, which is a European
effort for research and treatment of cancer, and his center is
London, but he supports the work of Dr. Tagnons, group, which is
the EORTC in Brussels, and they're fanning out to do clinical trials
with drugs, the same or similar to what we have here. I was very
happy that anybody, any layman, was taking any trouble about making
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