Take much longer now - morning, noon and night - to deal with all the ongoing issues related to chemo symptoms after 18 week taxol treatment finished a month ago... 🙄
I thought it might be helpful to post what they are. Many are from advice from ladies on this wonderful forum and some I have googled or worked out for myself. Some questions in there as well, always on on going project!
For continuing hair loss I thought I was getting away with this one, but suddenly it's now decided to really fall like snow, so it's back to head scarves. What remains is sparse and about 8 cms long. Q: Shall I shave now, will it promote new growth? I tried nizoral shampoo as I googled it can promote hair growth. However used it a couple of times, read the instructions which said it could cause hair loss! so maybe that's the culprit. Q: Anyone any better ideas re shampoos ? Meanwhile >> I use Moroccan argon oil after hair washing >> dove baby shampoo plus a sieve in the plug hole.
Skin care My skin now bruises easily and is very dry and thin so >> I mainly use body oils, just baby oil and/or bio oil 2x a day. >> mix savlon and paw paw ointment for the minor sores esp on my back which don't heal easily >> Vaseline for nose lining which is extremely thin now
Nail /hand care One of the strangest recent symptoms is developing onycholysis which is finger nails lifting from the nail bed from top down along with strange discolouration on the nail itself. This is worse for me on the thumb, fore and middle fingers. Q: Not ever seen a post on this. Has any one else had this? So I am being.... >> being hyper about hand / nail hygiene using anti bacterial hand wash, dilute tea oil and nail polish (nailberry strengthen and breathe) as nails extremely weak and brittle. >> using hand creams after every hand wash and cuticle cream ( heathcote and ivory) at night. >> using disposable vinyl gloves for food prep etc plus marigolds as ever. Now just ordered a pack of lightweight cotton gloves from Amazon as worried I am going to catch a nail and possibly tear it off, ouch even to think about it... >> get husband to peel oranges, find sellotape end, pull milk tab off, etc etc ......it's amazing how many pincer grip movements we make in a day 😆
Dry eyes Now no eyelashes, eyebrows on way out, puffy eyelids and dry eyes which makes for a very starey strange look so def need the eye liner and eyebrow pencil at the mo to draw my face... So using >> Blephasol lotion 2x daily to moisten eyelids ( optician recommend). >> Viscotears gel ointment on eyeballs as needed
Feet Neuropathy in feet ( and fingers) like other symptoms seem to be getting worse at the moment >> use aveeno and other foot creams to keep feet massaged, warm and moist, 2x daily >>Try not to sit for more than an hour, go out for a daily walk >> do basic feet and hand exercises. Think Kim sent this useful link to dana-farber.org >> I dug out my Revitive electrical foot/leg circulation boosting machine I bought sometime ago. Bought for my poor lower limb circulation problems, the blurb says it's effective for neuropathy as well. Suspect I need to use it consistently to feel benefits...
The one thing I haven't done is take any supplements, apart from daily fizzy tab vit C drink, alternated with a fizzy multi fit one. I noticed that Holland and Barrat are doing their penny sale so if you buy one item the repeat is 1p. Only has anyone ever taken vitamin B12 as this is one of the offers? Q: any other helpful, effective supplements to take whilst on this 3 month window of watch and wait?
Hope this is useful, any additional advice always welcome
Many thanks Janet x🌈