I just started yet another round of radiation. And so, I’ll share some of the stuff that’s making my world more bearable.
1.) Lollllllliiiiiipops and Mouthwash.
I am not a candy girl, and haven’t been for some time. I did find my baby book a few years ago, and it seems that my favorite “foods” were “pop and candy”. Grown woman me would like to go back in time and put some vegetables in front of little baby me, and possibly have a discussion with my mother about the definition of the word food, but it didn’t lead to me turning into a sugar fiend adult, so I suppose I’m okay.
That said, my mouth is so dry and stinky that it’s like a litter box that was left in the sun for a few weeks. During my last round of radiation I even lost a tooth. Which is gross and I feel like a hillbilly when I smile.
The two things that help me most are Biotin mouth wash (thanks, Lori Dorn, for the tip) and Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops! Yummy Earth has a lot of different flavors, and some vitamin C pops. But I like them best because they aren’t too sweet. They even have a chili pepper flavored lolli that I love.
I know I just said I wasn’t into sugar, and twice in one post I’ve mentioned sugar. For years I have been buying salt scrubs. Recently, I tried Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub and I’ve now been buying it in bulk.
The thing is, my skin is a mess. It’s dry, itchy, and pimply. Salt scrubs are great to make the skin soft, and the salt disintegrates super easily. With sugar, it really exfoliates, and makes me feel like I’m getting my itchy skin scratched by god. And the shea butter leaves me feeling really soft.
No sugar in this one. Just bending over and having someone poke a needle in your bum-meat.
I first heard about vitamin shots a few years ago when the guy I was dating won some at a silent auction. We went to WeHo, drank some cocunut water, and, in the back room of a health food store where they administer Botox and sell Latisse, we got vitamin shots. The men waiting in line behind us swore that this was going to “change our lives”.
I’m always wary of anyone making such a claim, especially because it’s usually about shit like fermented goats milk or alkaline water. I’ve never had anyone tell me anything that actually changed my life was going to change my life. And the first time we got those shots, I didn’t feel like a changed woman.
Now, let me offer up a big old disclaimer about these vitamin shots, which I’ve been getting once a month for about six months. They are stupidly priced ($30-40). They aren’t going to change your life. (duh) And they aren’t anything you’d find yourself really needing all that much.
Except, I do notice that my energy levels dramatically increase when I get these shots. For about five days I am a whole lot less drained than I usually am. So, this is how I treat myself.
4.) Homemade Kombucha
Janet Housden got me hooked on this stuff, which is just fermented tea, which I then flavor with ginger and blueberry juice. Now, this shit looks weird as hell when you’re fermenting it. I even had to put a note near the jar telling everyone not to be frightened. But it tastes wonderful and it seriously helps my belly be a much less hellish place.
This week I’m trying some high PH water that Trast’s friend’s mom brought over. Hopefully it’ll change my life.