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Nov 23, 2017 11:35PM
Thank you ladies for your support!
You are right Willow in that my cap temps are set 36-40 degrees. Brrrrrr! ☃️ I get cold just thinking about it! So I think they adjust the cap temps down for the thickness. And that makes sense re the black nail polish. UV light would be more of concern for me if it was summer, since right now my tootsies are in socks and shoes for the most part! I too have and love Nail Envy and will continue to use it.
Travel Girl-- my hairdresser has already come up with so many different options to help support my hair when it begins to thin out -- like halos, toppers, and extensions. Possibly talk with your hairdresser to see what yours might say. I'm not sure how I'm going to tackle that bridge but I hope you all will be here to share your experiences with me when that time arises. Also TG, I'm happy to hear you have your surgery date set-- you got this! My BMX was pre-chemo, and managed through with lots of love, prayers and support from family and friends. Please feel free to ask more here or PM me if you have any questions at anytime before or after surgery. A couple of things worth mentioning, I had 3 drains for 3 weeks-- 1 on left and 2 on right because of axillary node dissection-- and I grew most tired of them than anything, but they did their job well. Sleep in a pillow fort with elevation on both sides, and when it is time to see a physical therapist, go and follow the exercises. All in all, after about 1 1/2 months I felt fully like myself again, so just keep remembering that your body will heal and you will be feeling great and ready to go back to work in the new year! Enjoy your holiday and I will be wrapping you in a blanket of prayers on 11/27!!
And Magari-- I will be wrapping you too in a blanket of thoughts and prayers on 11/27 as you start your first round of TCHP! You sound so prepared--Way to go!! I'm a planner and preparation is always key! Having a larger room and the nurses on your side is def a plus with capping. As for lunch, my hospital brought decent sandwiches around for everyone. I do a "fast mimicking"-type diet for several days surrounding my treatment and so I'm not much help to suggest lunch-- though I had some miso soup after I got home from first infusion and it gave me extreme heartburn-- burping too even-- which I later learned can be a side effect of Taxotere, so I didn't eat anything after treatment for 2nd round and was fine (had a smoothie and avocado in the morning prior to infusion). My 3rd out of 6 will be on 11/28, so I will be receiving chemo right behind you! Good luck--you got this too--& thanks for aloe technique! I will try--& post pic of products I bought and find helpful too.
Babasmom-- sorry to hear about your PFC shedding. I am sending a giant applause your way for completing this journey-- both your chemo and BMX! Def try Travel Girls tips-- or post a pic here or on CC pic thread and many of these ladies will offer valuable feedback.
Thank you PatinMN for L-glutamine info! And you are correct in that taxol has a higher rate of neuropathy than Taxotere....but with receiving 6 Taxotere, my chances go up. It's worth it to try whatever is suggested-- as I am a firm believer in all the "home remedies" even if the docs shrug them off as not completely valid.
My apologies for totally going off topic on this CC thread! I promise to reel it back in next time! Ah, who am I kidding-- I enjoying writing to you all here, and have found the most support on this thread-- thank you!
Happy thanksgiving everyone! Gobble gobble! 😃🦋
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