I recently posted a photo to Facebook of an Aveda toning spray that was really soothing to spray on my bald head. Shortly after I posted the photo, I got a comment from Lori Dorn, a writer who has been going through cancer treatment for some time now, telling me that putting aloe onto my scalp feels good and helps the hair grow back more quickly.
At the same time, I got a message from a friend whose mother is about to start chemotherapy treatments thanking me for the tip. So, I figure, if I need to go through this, and countless other people will be going through this, why not start keeping track of some of the things that are helping me not feel so fucking terrible while I go through treatment?
Every once in a while, I’ll post one of these. And if you have any tips, please comment, or email me at NikolHasler at Gmail so I can try this stuff myself.
The problem? My head burns.
The skin feels nasty to the touch, like the skin of an elderly rhino, and it’s cold, but somehow it manages to burn at the same time.
Spraying this stuff all over it:
The ingredients include rose water and peppermint, making it smell all sorts of pleasant and soft, too. I remember that I got this as a part of a full face care package while I was pregnant with Pelham, which does makes me wonder if I should get the cleanser and lotion as well.
The problem? My skin is itchy!
I guess it’s the radiation, which causes skin changes, especially in the areas being radiated. But some nights I finally get warm and calm enough to sleep, and then my skin starts to feel like I’m sleeping at Bed, Bug, and Beyond. (Thanks, Dan, that joke always makes me smile.)
Okay, this one is going to need a whole lot of solutions. I’ve been trying everything. But, at least when I am in the bathtub, this stuff works really well:
And it doesn’t smell strong or like someone’s grandmother’s bathroom. It’s clean and fresh smelling. And so soft and smooth. I have been using a soft sponge I got at CVS to apply it and scrub. Gentle and nice, and providing a few minutes of relief.
The problem? I’m super hungry, and super barfy.
So, the chemo makes me barf pretty frequently, which not only exhausts me, but also embarrasses me and makes me nervous about going out in public. Like, I don’t want to be person horking at The Laugh Factory. Stand up comedians are insecure enough. But the prednisone I take (the P in R-CHOP) as a part of the chemo makes me hungry and causes weight gain. Unfair, isn’t it?
(I mean, of course, other than weed.)
Here’s what we’ve got. Miyasaka Instant Miso in Spinach flavor, Yehuda Matzo, and Command Nutrimax Banana Instant CereOats. This has become my lunch and often my dinner. Nutritionally, I get
- 240 calories
- 2 g fat
- 48 g carbs
- 11 g protein
And I also get 57% of the iron I need, which is a big deal, because all this stuff tends to make a bit anemic, and iron supplements are hard to keep down.
And now? I ask you for a tip!
My mouth has been dry and I have that super thick spit like it’s the leftover oatmeal juice in the bottom of the bowl. What’s the best way to keep my mouth un-gunked for a long period of time? Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.