Another chemotherapy down! Thanks to a platelet transfusion (with special thanks to the amazing donor) I was able to go ahead yesterday and have my treatment. Unlike many other types of chemotherapy I've been on, this one hits home pretty much immediately. So I'm feeling it's wrath today. All I can hope is that the cancer is feeling as bad or even worse than me. I hope it curls up and dies. Meanwhile I'm just taking one day at a time. It's the only way, experience has taught me to listen to my body as fighting it is futile. So I'm resting and stocking up on M&S ready meals!
I've been suffering with a hideous rash on my chest and it's so itchy it makes me dribble - I know how attractive that image must be! You're welcome, cancer isn't an attractive disease in any shape or form. In fact I've never looked worse. My face is beyond awful. I'm so swollen that I look like a beach ball with eyes. You think I'm exaggerating - I'm not. I'm barely recognisable which is probably a good thing. But my next step is a paper bag with eyeholes cut into it.
But getting back to the rash (because it's such a wonderful topic, but sadly it's all consuming if you're suffering too). I was recommended a cream called Suu Balm by the wonderful pharmacists in Blackrock clinic and I find it quite simply u-maz-ing. It has menthol in it so it stops the itch instantly. The only precaution is to wash your hands with soap immediately after use, or it will burn your non-itchy skin and keep it well away from your eyes. It's similar in potency to muscle rub cream, so use it with similar care and you'll be fine.
If you'd like to try it, I've found an online site called www.inishpharmacy.com just in case you can't find it locally.
The small tube in my photo is €10.65 and lasted me 6 weeks of daily use and the pump is new and larger, so it should last ages and it costs €22.85 with an added €3.95 for delivery. There's broken skin on my rash and I chanced using it and it worked and didn't cause me any strife. It might help some of you in a similar situation.
I'm still doing everything with one hand, including typing 😩 I'm hoping this round of chemotherapy zaps the little git in my shoulder that's causing the problem. I need to be able to type... I can cope with almost anything but not being able to write is really getting to me. So if any of you know of a typing fairy/saint or other magical being, would you mind having a word in their ear on my behalf please? I'd be ever so grateful.
I'm off to do nothing, bet you're jealous right? I'll be like a slug meets zombie junkie for the next couple of days as the crawly-skin-chemo-feeling floods my body. I'll see you on the other side. For those of you battling too, I send you positive vibes and I'm waving my fist at your cancer. We'll fight the good fight together.
love and healing light