Woodworking For Therapy #8: Chemo Therapy Makes Sawdust Taste Metalic

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 197 days ago 770 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Chemo Therapy Makes Sawdust Taste Metallic, YUK! I don’t mind the food tasting funny because it isn’t going to stay down that long anyway. But I was enjoying the smell and taste of sawdust, I guess I need to wear a dust mask, but that seems to take some of the fun out of woodworking. ;) Seriously, the Nurse Practitioner asked, “Any side effects yet?” I said, “Yea, my sawdust tastes like metal filings.” She said, “I beg your pardon? Sawdust?” I couldn’t believe I was the first cancer patient with that complaint! Then my Oncologist called me and said, “Were you pulling my nurses leg?” I replied “I’d only do that if she had a wooden leg.” I LOVE SAW DUST! IT’S BECOMING ADDICTIVE!


Well, I’m still enjoying woodworking even if I did lose one of the perks. I’m building a pedestal for our front load washer and dryer. They cost about $250/ each, one for both washer and dryer $500 and I figure I’ve spent about $90 on material and probably $120 by the time I’m done. I want it to have two pull-out trays for storage. I’m sort of designing it on the fly since I have no idea what I’m doing. If your so inclined you might pray for me. I figure I’ve got another few days before I sand and finish it. I’ll post it in my projects.

Well, I have to go out and buy me a respirator, those cheep dust masks don’t work and the doctor might order a sawdust levels test with my next labs.

May God bless you all and thanks as always for the help I have been getting from all of you!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 197 days ago

steve,looks like the pedestals are coming along wife wanted front load washer and dryer once but i wouldn’t buy the pedestals.i did offer to build them though.hope things keep going well in your treatment.i’ll keep you in my prayers.god bless you and your family.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 197 days ago

Stay strong, Steve! If your wife figures out the recipe for sawdust cookies let me know! You’ll be in my prayers.

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#3 posted 197 days ago

“sawdust tastes like metal filings” That’s just weird!

I’m prayin for your health. The washer/dryer risers… can handle those by yourself!

Carry on.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 197 days ago

They are looking very nice, mine were made out of whiteboard and 2×4’s

-- Norman

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#5 posted 197 days ago

good luck with everything! you will be in my prayers!

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#6 posted 197 days ago

I have never had Chemo and I hope I never learn about it but I have been told it can make a lot of things taste like metal. I will admit sawdust is not what we usually hear about though. Prayers to you on this journey.

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#7 posted 197 days ago

stay the course my friend we are all here for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#8 posted 197 days ago


Walnut and cherry sound like the best combination for cookies to me, but don’t forget the chocolate!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 197 days ago

I’ve read that chemo can wreck havoc in your system for the first week to 10 days of every round, so hopefully the sawdust tasting metallic will be a passing thing.

A good respirator is worth the investment, not wise to have your body fighting off the fine saw dust as well in addition to cancer. No reaosn to add it to the mix. Besides, even with half the money you save on the pedestal you will be able to buy a very decent respirator.

I will be waiting for the sawdust recepie, please make one for shavings as well and I will never have to go to a grocery store again! Stay strong and the cancer will be something that you can look back at in a few years as the best thing that happened to you because it made you find your true passion. :) I say that because that pedestal is a big step up from where you started a few short weeks ago. So just imagine what you can make when you’re in full health and energy, because it is clear that you enjoy it a lot.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#10 posted 196 days ago

I appreciate the comments, it makes me feel good to give you guys a laugh because you give me so much! The walnut and cherry cookies sound good. I got her a new mixer for Christmas and she will be trying some receipts. Jake, I think the shavings would be better suited for a casserole.

She made this for me last night from the sawdust catcher off my table saw. The topping was made with Titebond III

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#11 posted 196 days ago

“She made this for me last night from the sawdust catcher off my table saw. The topping was made with Titebond III”

I knew it! I’ve been sure for a while that my wife uses it in her gravy.

mmmmm . . . pie . . .

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#12 posted 189 days ago

Lol! Too funny. :)

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