Oct 27, 2010 - 11:57 pm
My husband just started chemo about three weeks ago for stage IV oral and throat cancer. From the very first week of chemo, he started a new habit of mumbling or talking to himself. At first I didn't think anything about it, because he said it was a song that popped into his mind or something. But now, three weeks later and starting round 2 of chemo, it's getting worse. He whispers things to himself, such as reading a sign along the road, or verbiage from a TV commercial. I'm constantly saying to him, "What? I can't hear you," because I don't know if he's meaning to be speaking to me or not. Sometimes even when he really is speaking to me, he mumbles. I'm wondering if the chemo has affected his hearing or something.
This isn't something he's ever done before, at least not that I ever noticed. Another thing that made me think it might be the chemo is that I noticed another patient at the clinic doing the same thing. He mumbles to himself about the mathematical work he is doing while taking his chemo treatment.
Have any of you ever heard of this before?