Treehouse, I think in your situation I would have done the same - antiseptic cream. I made the mistake of cutting one of my big toe nails slightly too short so had a similar problem. I found wearing very flat shoes helped to avoid throwing weight forward onto the toes. 👣
Raitchr, yes chemo is the giving of surprise gifts! Speaking of gifts, I've dug out all of my unused gifts for foot pampering which I never had time for. I think now is the time for them as the Docetaxol can apparently be harsh on the feet. Thanks for the tips on oral thrush, I'll look up the natural remedy you mentioned.
I found this site for natural remedies: http://www.homeremediesforall.com/natural-remedies/natural-remedies-for-oral-thrush.html
AnnieA, in what way are you finding the Docetaxol hard?
I have to say chemo is the gift that keeps on giving! We will just get the hang of the side effects and cures and we will be done with chemo.
I used my Difflam mouth wash loads of times a day as my tongue was fury and I thought it was oral thrush but cleared up. I am going to ask Onco for meds for this for next cycle. I was on verge of phoning gp or helpline but it suddenly cleared. You can use a rinse of salt water and baking soda I think I read somewhere, Google it. But I just ate salt and vinegar crisps a lot as craved the strong taste and I think this helped clear it. Mine cleared in 2 days but was pretty yucky, food didn't taste nice.
I've just noticed my tongue looks slightly furry so I've rinsed my mouth with some Corsodyl in case it's thrush. Any recommendations for tried and tested oral thrush remedies would be appreciated. Trisha, you had this problem a while back I seem to recall? I searched online and Docetaxol and thrush score highly together! The joys! 👅
WolfEE I am day 10 today, feeling fine, can't sleep all night through but that seems to be the norm for me now!
Katie, don't feel bad for having moments of darkness, we all have moments like that. 🕳 I'm very grateful that I've been able to see my children grow up but there is so much of their lives I still want to share with them. As hard as it is we just have to keep enjoying the moments and stay hopeful for the future. Life is full of unknowns so I guess that is the same for everyone. 🔮 I hope you have a lovely weekend with your family celebrations. Keep your chin up. X
MJK, glad you're getting on board with the Epsom salts!
Treehouse, as much as animal experiments for medicine are hard to bear, we haven't developed good enough alternatives yet. I believe we will eventually but not for some time. I'm against animal testing for cosmetics and try and avoid products tested on animals as much as possible but for medicine it's different.
Im day 3 now and having a restful day today and tomorrow but will probably still go for a walk to keep everything moving. I've lost the steroid buzz but still feel pretty normal.
That's good to know Raitchr, I'm only working 3 days a week now - using up my annual leave for second half of chemo restfulness so I can take it a bit easier. The loss of your school routine should help a lot.
Mai, I just slept on and off on day 3 and 4 after my first T then I was ok. I decided that I would give myself the rest I needed until I could see what new side effects I had. Hoping not speaking too soon, but for me my 1st T has been easier on me than anticipated. Maybe the tiredness will accumulate over the next 2 but as it is school hols I have no routine to stick to and uniforms and packed lunches to do, we are just going to go with the flow!
Mai7 glad you are finding the docetaxol easier, really hope it carres on that way for you. I am still watching your comments with bated breath
Wolfee really hope you treatment goes ahead on Monday, I really think once they re check your bloods on Monday everyhting will be perfect
WolfEE, I'm finding the Docetaxol easier so far; no brain fog or "just got off a boat trip" feeling, no sickness pills needed, no heavy chest and shortness of breath and no bladder irritation. Although, I could be counting my chickens a bit early as I'm waiting for the post-steroid aches, pains and tiredness to kick in! I'm still doing all of the things I did before like drinking plenty of water and having cranberry juice for the first few days. It's my first of seven injections today but I still have bruises on my belly from when I was in hospital so I've got limited belly space to stick them in! I may have to be strategic about this and draw up a belly map and mark a cross each day where I've stuck it! Lol! 🔎 🗺
Anniej, big hug, I'm sure you'll emerge from your temporary hibernation soon. Once those neutrophils decide to wake up again!
👻 Here's the white spirit for you two bringing the neutrophils your way!
Hi Wolfee, hoping everything turns out ok for you. I had my last chemo done when my neuts were 1.3, but as the other results were not as bad it went ahead. I would say it has taken me much longer to recover, though. Know what you mean about not wanting it delayed, that was me, but in hindsight it might have been better. I've seen far too much of my bed this time! Good luck. 🍀
WolfEE, hope you are ok but try not to worry, I know its hard as you don't have any control over the neutrophil count, it seems to do its own thing. I'd say the test is being done too early when there is a whole weekend before treatment but I guess you can't get a blood test on a Sunday! Xx
Treehouse, Lol, booby gift! Never has a man received such an intimate photo of his wife's breasts on his anniversary! Got to find the humour in all of this! Xx
We've been out for a walk this evening and I must admit the Docetaxol isn't causing me shortness of breath like the FEC did. On the FEC I found the first 4 days felt like I had a heavy weight on my chest but not getting that with the Docetaxol.
Just got back from a little whole food shopping trip! Those stores tend to not get too busy so safe risk compared to supermarkets!
I haven't had any anti-sickness pills at all, except for the one given at chemo (Docetaxol) session, and I've been fine so shouldn't have to deal with post sickness-pill constipation! Yippee!
Raitchr, I just stocked up on the bum wet wipes! Boots own brand are only about 99p per pack! I'm now day 2 and last day of steroids so expecting a bit of a slow down tomorrow and I'll be watching out from day 4 for the nail and bone pain, thanks for the warning. The instructions on the Epsom salts tub suggested bathing 3 times a week but I could always do extra nail soaks in between. I understand the chewing on cardboard feeling - that's how I feel about granola and other things lacking spice! My work have been amazing too, however, I haven't been into the office to see anyone, only a quick visit last weekend to reconnect with the wired system for windows synchronisation so I don't get locked out whilst working from home!
Treehouse, glad you are being well looked after at home and work but how very dare the hospital pull you out of your snuggly hibernation into the cold MRI equipment! 🐣
My work have been fantastic too. I have been in twice to see them and they ask to come and visit at home or go out for drink and meals. I do put them off as I don't want germs and don't like the thought of picking up germs at a cafe etc. They understand me and my fear of germs! They have sent me a gift card for a meal out when I finish chemo and my tastebuds come back, as at the moment all food tastes like cardboard boxes, except marmite on toast and salt n vinegar crisps. I hate the taste of chocolate right now...
Hi Mai7, good to hear bottom is ok and using sudacrem, I had to use it last week, just to soothe a slight burning feeling, worked in a day and have been fine. It is good stuff as it doesn't wash off easily, I remember plastering it on the boys when in nappies!
My bone pain started day 4 of chemo, day 1 being chemo day for me. It wasn't severe, just aware in hips and lower back. My nails started to hurt day 4, like I had a clothes lpeg on each finger, a slight throb. Keep using Epson salts as that has reduced my finger pain. They feel a bit like they are bruised and I have been a bit clumsy, struggled opening packets and doing buttons but better each day. TMI alert! I did struggle bottom wiping with poorly fingers so have used moist toilet wipes for a day or two...
I'm feeling good thank Treehouse, pampering is super nice during chemo. I've drawn my eyebrows back to acceptable norm too! Glad you're feeling chem-normal again and your lump is disappearing. Do you have the results of your heart scan yet? Radiotherapy hasn't been mentioned to me yet but I'm expecting the Oncologist or breast unit to mention it at some point! (I'll be in the breast unit soon as the Oncologist has requested an appt for a scan to check changes since FEC finished). To be honest, radiotherapy has got to be a walk in the park compared to chemo! Please! 🙏🏼
How are you feeling about the kids being off school? It must be both lovely at a bit claustrophobic at the moment depending on whether you're having a good day or a bad day. Do you have plenty of help for bad days?
Morning ladies! I've had a lovely self-pampering morning. Had my first Epsom salt bath 🛀🏼 to help with anticipated bone ache 🔮 (though none yet) and then used my new facial skincare products and Aveeno body lotion. I'm going to be outdoors quite a bit so I've put factor 30 on my lower arms, face, neck and chest which are exposed. 🌤 My bum has just started back slightly into the soreness so I'm straight back on the sudocreme to kill any bacteria as this could be a risk point. Just hope my neutrophils aren't starting to crash again. Staying positive and hoping for the best. No sign of temperature increase so all good.
MJK, I slept like a baby after a full feed! 🍼 I find just having reading glasses a real pain at times as you don't always have them in the right place at the right time. I keep my optician pair for work and then have about 5 pairs of cheap ones dotted around the house strategically! 🔎 👓
Best wishes to everyone and hope you are doing well at whatever stage in the cycle!
So I fell asleep for three hours this evening! I guess it all caught up with me; the new drug anxiety, lack of sleep last night, steroid buzziness!
Have a lovely holiday in Devon MisyAngel. I'm very interested to see what happens after the steroids wear off!
Lovely to to hear from you MJK. Do you use reading glasses? My optician told me no one gets past 45 without needing reading glasses! I had them from age 45 so was late to the table as I'd always had near-perfect vision but, annoying as they are, they make reading so much easier.
Treehouse, Glad you enjoyed the session and thanks for sharing the tips, I'll look up the mascara, always nice to buy products which raise money for good causes.
Trisha, look after yourself and do whatever is best for you.
My Mum, had a bcc team member over today to present them with a £400 cheque from her bcc charity tea party. I'd bought her a bcc tea party banner and some ribbon pins to giveaway to guests. She was quite overwhelmed with how supportive people can be. My Mum has been channeling her energy in a positive way. It must be very hard for our parents to keep putting on the brave face when they see what we have to endure.
Mai7 well done on 5 of 8 you are certainly getting closer to the finish line. Be interested to see how you go on the next couple of days once steroids are finished.
Treehouse enjoy your look good feel good session i found it amazing and great to chat to other ladies face t face who know what we are going through.
I am starting to feel human again today and off to Sunny devon on Saturday for our family holiday. Can't wait although may just have to spend most the time by the log cabin as it is my high risk week now. It overlooks a lake so looking forward to it.
Just finished the book Radical Remission which somone recommended on here, would highly recommend it has lots of feel good information in.
I forgot to mention, I read somewhere that you should avoid garlic whilst on Docetaxol. I'm sure traces of it wouldn't hurt but abstain from chomping on whole raw cloves for a while!
Treehouse, I have seven days of injections starting Saturday. Ugh! 💉💉💉💉💉💉💉glad you're feeling better.
I've had a busy day since treatment. Cooked some portobello mushrooms in the oven stuffed with sliced cherry tomatoes and herbs. Buzzed around the kitchen tidying and cleaning. Made a vegan spread from blending artichokes, cashew nuts, spinach and nutritional yeast. I received a delivery of skincare products from Amazon. One is Oznaturals hylaurinic acid serum and the other is a marine collagen gel. I thought they would be good products to protect the facial skin whilst it is stripped of the top dermal layer exposing layers most people can only dream of pushing those products into! Our skin is currently like a post microdermabrasion and retinol base waiting for deep penetrating goodness! 🍶 I think I'll sit and read for a bit before I wear myself out. 😴