Hand sanitizer became my new best friend while receiving chemotherapy. I carried my hand sanitizer everywhere I went. As a patient receiving chemotherapy, it is vital to stay germ-free, as much as possible. I used hand sanitizer before every meal and when my hands felt “dirty”.
As a chemotherapy patient, you never realize how important your eyebrows are until they are gone. To be honest, I was surprised that I missed my eyebrows more than my eyelashes. I tried fake lashes a few times for major events, but not for everyday wear. I was not allowed to go to a Lash Bar to have fake lashes put on due to the risk of germs and infection.
I received Taxol as part of my chemotherapy treatment. My oncologist recommended that I soaked my nails in vinegar and water daily. I used equal parts vinegar and water. I also was not allowed to get a manicure or pedicure due to possible infection of my nails. I did not have any problems with my fingernails falling off from Taxol. Continue reading “Chemotherapy Recommended Item: Nail Time”
When I traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2017 for my cousin’s bridal shower, my oncologist suggested that I wear a mask on the plane to prevent germs. I really didn’t mind wearing the mask and it did work because I didn’t get sick from my travels.
I was very nervous going through security wearing my wig (garment, as my wig maker calls it). I saw horror stories on the news about TSA workers making cancer patients take off their wigs when they were going through security. I was glad that I didn’t have any problems going trough security and TSA did not ask me any questions. When traveling with a wig, I recommend this wig stand to maintain the shape of your wig. The wig stand and is easy to travel with because it folds. At home I used this styrofoam wig head for my wig and put it on a wig stand clamp I also used this headbandto help my wig fit better even though it was custom made to fit my head. I also used regular shampoo and conditioner for real hair when caring for my wig since it was made with human hair. I always felt that the salon did a better job at styling my wig though. Continue reading “Chemotherapy Recommended Item: Wiggin’ Out while Traveling”
I received Nuelasta after my AC chemotherapy sessions. Nuelasta can often time cause muscle soreness. I took bubble baths with Epsom SaltSELRES_5ac2892d-cef8-4717-ba15-d8faa98b3c12SELRES_6e1ae65c-cbd0-44a5-bd5c-4cfc5fc6d9dbSELRES_69b533f1-e0d3-4264-ae99-db6405a930eeSELRES_69b533f1-e0d3-4264-ae99-db6405a930eeSELRES_6e1ae65c-cbd0-44a5-bd5c-4cfc5fc6d9dbSELRES_5ac2892d-cef8-4717-ba15-d8faa98b3to help alleviate my muscle soreness.
After I recovered from my surgery, I had another surgery to have my port put in. One item I recommend after port surgery is a seat belt cushion. This seat belt cushion attaches to your seat belt and serves as a pillow between your port and the seat belt. It prevents the seat belt from rubbing your port site.