Chuck lottatong (Typed in porn names, this is what Trisha came up as!!) Lol will stick with Tia for the wig. My breasts however are called Bert and Ernie xx
I had fitting this morning, and the 1st one she tried, called Tia was the best!! She had another lady after me who had picked it out as one of 5 and I was still in Exeter after her appt and got a call to say it was still available Well chuffed (Back a/c not quite so)
All the best for Kitty
Hi ladies - your posts have kept me highly entertained today whilst I've been (supposedly) working
Have stocked up on Corsodyl/Difflam/ Biotene toothpaste. Throat is still so inflamed and sore, covered in white/ red patches, hope it starts to clear up soon.
Kitty being fed via tube while her throat (pierced by twig!) heals and at 4am this morning I actually felt that might be quite a good idea lol
Will have to come up with a name for the wig now - if I ever get the thing out of the box. Although with the layers of hair that have descended on the house today that moment can't be far off.
Trisha, glad you found a wig that you're happy with. My wig is called 'dream' which isn't really a name so I was thinking I should give it a pornstar name!
Treehouse, I'm going to get some Kevlar gloves for protection against cutting/gardening. Have you looked these up?
Been out since 8am, went to Wig fitting, have a gorgeous blonde wig called Tia, I look like Amanda Redman again only younger, a Turban two scarves and a bed cap! Saw BCN and have antispetic throat wash some lovely Glycerine pesseries to insert! Oh the joys! Funny reading all the posts about lady gardens, keep it up girls, made me laugh!! Trisha xx
Hi Wandestrong , I didn't take anything to session just hot water and lemon to sip on. My mum came with me for my first one and the chap that was injecting me never drew breath lol. when I had my first fec they were only injecting the chemo for 1 hour. It took a little longer for the first session but my appointment was 9 and I was finished for 10:45. I recommend loads of water. Make sure you take you steroids no later than 12:00pm otherwise you will be awake. Also I had to inject for 5 days after and apparantly the injections are what causes the bone pain. I didnt find out about injections until I got there, but I had read on this forum that people had to have them. I had the district nurse do the first day and she will come out for 5 days but I felt it was easier if I could do it myself. I felt very drunk when I got back after session and away with the faires. I felt fine the next two days but by the third day and four day I was so exhausted but think this was due to lack of sleep. Also the metallic taste in your mouth is not pleasant, Just make sure you drink plenty of water to keep flushing it out your system. They do say to move about a bit but I was in bed and resting most of time. Fortunatly I had no sickness but was given the emend drug which seemed to work wonders for me. I also didn't lose my appetite if anything I was eating more. Gosh 1 month and 4 year old you must have so much on your plate. Sending big hugs and best of luck for tomorrow
Wandestrong, The actual FEC treatment takes just under an hour but they also have to do a bit of prep first like putting your hand in a bucket of warm water to plump up the veins. Make sure they give you anti sickness pills before they start anything (they may need reminding). They forgot on my first treatment and realised just before they were about to start so I had to wait an extra half an hour with the freezing cold cap on for the pills to take effect! After your first treatment you should get a prescription for this at next Oncology appointment. Don't be alarmed when you come out afterwards and your wee is bright red. Just keep drinking lots of water day 1,2,3 to flush your bladder and drink plenty of water this afternoon/evening too.
Treehouse, your migratory chemo cap got me howling!
Wandestrong, wishing you all the best for tomorrow. I think we are all very different as regards length of time. I'm very quick as I have a Hickman line, so about an hour and half. I found the time went waiting for the chemo to be mixed and brought up from the pharmacy. The first session was the longest, especially as the strength was wrong and another lot was brought up! 😱 Everything is double checked by two nurses, so there are no mistakes. There is a saline drip for you too, so it keeps you well hydrated. As I have my treatment in a large centre there were a huge number of people having chemo, and my 12.30 appointment started at 13.30, so a bit of a wait. We were given sandwiches and other snacks, but I took mints and ginger biccys, not knowing what to expect. The ginger took away medicinal taste, so I was pleased about that. All very painless and a fairly pleasant experience. Take any drugs they give you! 🍀X
The hat in the pipe is better than the cat in the bag! Surely?! I think we've all gone a bit bonkers lately.
WolfEE, I just machine wash chemo caps. For the wig you have to buy specialist wig shampoo and hairspray too (for synthetics wigs anyway)
HI Wandestrong, hope all goes well for you tomorrow. I usually take some mints or gum in case of metallic taste. Xx
Laugh of the day... I have just hoovered up my chemo hat as I hovered all of the hair out of the bed! Now got a blocked Hoover pipe and hair everywhere, worse than having a cat!
Sore down there! (BUM) BCN gave me Dioctyl 100mg tabs. Mis read the label and only been having one a day. Now majorly bunged up!! and bloody sore. ANy one recommend a decent laxitive? Am at the hospital today for a wig fitting, wonder if its worth asking see BCN?? Also throat still sore, burns to swallow.
Sorry for the moan. Sleep crap too but on a positive still not been sick and on day 6 of Chemo.
MJK, oil sounds worth a try, but not out in sun or you'll fry like a bit of steak! 😱 I go a nice colour with the chemo, but I'd rather be in the sun. My chemo nurse has said factor 50, which seems excessive, but I've complied. Nearly went cross eyed checking tiny writing on back of bottles for nasties !😎 I've decided to go with the Live Well with Cancer stuff and save my eyesight, if not my pockets! Best wishes to everyone on their journey this week.x
WARNING: SENSITIVE SUGGESTION
I recently purchased a product called Hyalofemme in anticipation that the lady pond (if we have a lady garden, we might as well have a pond) may need TLC at some point. I think you have to be prepared to look after ALL mucous membranes. It's similar skin to the mouth, nostrils etc which can.... y'know, dry out.
Rosie65, I have used both Corsydl and Difflam in the past when on oral chemo, I found alternating them worked for me and also using a non alcoholic mouth wash regularly during the day especially after eating helped as well.
I had my weekly Pacitaxol today no.3 and felt really weary after, so came home and rested my eyelids for an hour or so. This rejuvenated me, hubby prepared and cooked dinner which was nice and apart from feeling achey around my shoulders, back and arms I am not feeling too bad.
I am looking forward to going up my daughters for a few days, she lives in Redditch, it will be lovely to see my 2 granddaughters and generally catch up face to face with them all. Hubby will be totally capable of looking after himself so no worries there. You have to snatch some normality when ever you can and I have over a week off treatment so I am going for it. I can't stay any longer as I have appointments next week, 1 on Monday to have a PICC line inserted, Thursday to see oncologist and Friday bloods prior to treatment the following Monday. Hugs to all Ann
Treehouse you definitely win the prize so far for most dramatic chemo session!
Thanks for all the suggestions for sore mouth/ throat, I'll make a trip out tomorrow to stock up. Will definitely have to speak to the oncologist next week to arrange some additions to the goody bag - really feel I've missed a trick here ha ha
Ladies, you have been busy again whilst I was out having bloods done for FEC 2 on Thursday. Have to say the results were back within 3 hrs of blood being taken, very impressed and all good to go for round 2.
Re problems downstairs, I have been fine in that department apart for daily hair loss. Maybe it is because I am on 21 day course antibiotics each cycle. Who knows, maybe I have that to come.
Braved hospital, food shopping and ice cream parlour trip with family today, with my very short haircut!
Wolfee, SENSITIVE REPLY LOL
not sure what the cream is she has given as she has said it will be in my bags with all other medication when I have my treatment on Friday but my skin had blistered on the pernium section down below. Mine was a sting and a itch and when I looked with a mirror it was all blistered and broken and it seemed to get worse it was as if my underwear was irratating it more. It got that painful it was keeping me awake at night. My oncologist said it was a fungul infection but it was all on the outside not inside if that makes sense
Had my first review which went really well. I asked her if I could have the odd glass of prosecco and she said yes in moderation that will be fine. I asked her why I was having 8 sessions of chemo and she said I may not make it to the full 8 as some people get to tired. Due my second Fec on Friday and have also come away with more goodies, mouth wash, a tablet form for mouth ulcers and some cream for down below. I also asked her what grading it was and it is grade 2 but they can't give definate answer until after surgery. I must admit the worst part I hate is having the canular in, really don't want a PIC line though.
Whilst at the hospital saw another young women who walked in with bald head and I said to her I take my hat off to you I arn't brave enough to do that yet, I just thought how amazing. I had all my hair cut off last weekend but husband had to shave it with razor as it was all patchy and that was worse then cutting hair off. Really don't like the feel of my completly bald head.
Treehouse you poor thing, hope you enjoyed your chicken dinner.