Friday, 29 May 2009

Wot - no prints?

I've been trying to keep up with the news whilst away.  Most of it online seems to come from the US.  There was a report the other day of a cancer patient from Singapore who had been held at immigration on entering the US because he didn't have any fingerprints.  Apparently it is routine in the US. to take prints from everyone entering the country....I didn't know that!

This poor man was suffering from severe 'hand and foot syndrome' due to chemotherapy and the skin was peeling off his fingers.  So he had no fingerprints.  As Ive reported in the past my hands have at times been quite severely affected by Sutent and right now, although they arn't too bad, looking at them closely I have hard cracked skin on my right thumb, forefinger and middle finger, left thumb and forefinger.  And no fingerprints on them !!

Ive never noticed that before - good job I havn't travelled to the US isn't it?

Its a point to remember for all patients on Sutent.  If you are travelling abroad, even if not to the US, it may be a good idea to get written confirmation of your diagnosis, treatment and possible side effects from your Oncologist.  Just to be on the safe side.  I was given a card detailing all this by the Pharmacy dept. of the Cancer Centre which I carry at all times.

If I wern't a scrupulously honest person (shoves bag of swag down back of sofa!) I'm sure I could think of several advantages to not having any fingerprints !..

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It probably began after 9/11. My fingertips lose their skin as well and they sometimes feel like they have been roughly sanded down.
Might be a good idea to get prints made while on the break and have them notarized or something.