Jen malvern not far from me so if you come down and want to meet up for a real life chat give me a shout I drive so if its a good timeonchemo rollercoaster i could come to you only about half an hour away
Do you know Jen in all honesty i have put work to the back of my mind the people that matter have kept in touch and i had some lovely flowers off the head last Friday but i do suspect they come via his PA who i have been friends with for 15 years she probably told him too lol
I make sure i go out every day even if its just for a walk, my house has never been so tidy or my ironing done so quickly and it stays spotless at least until my hubby and son come home
I nap in the afternoon and as each week goes by i can feel the stress of such an intense job leaving me
depending how i feel in the future i may ask to change my position in work if possible to a less stressful department even if it means a pay cut.
My sister is getting married in June next year so i am going to make sure i stil got a doctors note so i can go as should have all treatment completed by end of April/May as will still have rads to do after chemo. If i go back to work before the wedding i know i wont get the time off. Plan to go back to work about 2 weeks before we break up then will be back on full pay for 6 weeks holiday but will do those 2 weeks on part time reintegration x
Think I wouldn't have been able not to laugh Sue! I'm terrible for at laughing at the wrong times!
Love your hat Really impressed you've been out shopping today! A friend wants to have coffee with me the day after chemo and I wasn't sure if I'd be feeling well enough. (She lives in Malvern and only down for a couple of days. I'm hoping to go and stay with her on a 'good' week though. Do you ever go there, don't think it's too far from you. I really like going there) xx
Your phone's still got a mind of it's own Sue! Glad to see you still seem perky today, I'm starting chemo on Monday and a bit apprehensive xx
I tried those ginger things from Holland & Barrett ....like you say Sue they are nasty 🤢
I love pepermint mint tea but I may just be weird, also like lemon & ginger too, I've never liked normal tea tho!!
Meesh, I'm fish phobic so that tuna thing wouldn't be any good for me I'm afraid!!!
SueW I've always been put off peppermint by thought of it tasting like mouthwash! Sounds like you're doing well today and listening to what your body needs which is the main thing.
mrsrimms, sorry to hear you had a bit of a rough time, be sure to let your chemo team know as you may need to have your meds adjusted so you don't feel queasy.
Sam34, are you ok after your problems earlier in the week? Haven't heard from you in a while, wondered if you were ok?
Ive just been to the beach for a walk and an ice cream, to enjoy the lovely weather! Off out to our friends for dinner tonight which should be nice. Hope everyone else is having a good day!
Hello, day 1 done, felt really queasy when I was awake but spent the majority of yesterday sleeping, but then woke 2-6am.
I feel better today thankfully, just a heavy head & I dont want to get out of bed yet. Managed a bit of toast & half a cup of soup. I wanted to drink water yesterday & managed less than 1/2 litre, i am drinking better today.
Was really deading day one, so pleased it is over with.
Love to everyone xx
Hi Jellytot, good to hear you're doing well, just keep the fluid intake up. I was a bit fuzzy headed the first couple of days. Sorry not in York, I'm under a Norfolk hospital like Karana!
Hi Karana, they do 2 cookbooks and they gave me copies of both but when I've looked they're virtually the same just with slight variations. There are a couple of things in the starters section that look nice "Caribbean style tuna spread" says you can make it in advance and keep in fridge for a couple of days. Can put it on bread, crackers or jacket potato. There's also a bacon & chorizo cassoulet in the mains section that looks nice too and doesn't look like too much a faff preparing either.
Hope your husband doesn't think you're an intruder when he gets back from his trip!
Thanks 🍒 for clarifying that for me 😊 I haven't invested in a sleeping cap yet (we willy winky comes to mind) !!
Meesh didn't know there was a cook book but will have a look next time I go to Big C Centre...sounds quite interesting!! Is there anything in there you fancy??
Also day 11 and hair intact everywhere so far 😬 Hubbys going away on Monday for 4 days and have got it in my head that by the time he returns I'm gonna look like an 👽 😱 Xxx
Has anyone picked up one of the Macmillan recipe books from their local centre? Think they're free (well, was at mine). Got one yesterday just had a quick flick through and they have coded recipes by different SEs, so recipes for those with sore mouth, loss of taste etc. Thought it was quite a good idea, just thought I'd mention it.
Hi Karana, ha ha yes maybe a Norfolk thing! All my hair seems to be staying put at the moment and I'm on day 11.
I was told that hair would definitely go unless use cold cap, everything else is a bit of a lottery!
The theory behind the silk pillow case is that because it's so smooth and shiny it doesn't drag on your hair and is therefore less likely to pull the hair out of your poor chemo-battered follicles. Some women who aren't undergoing chemo use a silk pillowcase as standard and it's meant to better for your skin (same theory - doesn't drag, causing wrinkles) and it's also meant to keep your blow dry/hair style looking better for longer.
If you're not cold capping the silk might feel softer on your scalp than a cotton pillow case but I think a lot of ladies use a sleeping cap. Can't help you on that front though. Loved your Norfolk leg hair comment!! 😂 Xx
Hi Meesh, no tingly head feeling yet - touch wood. And I'm trying to ignore Ali's air freshener comment. I may look like Stig of the Dump at the moment but hoping I don't smell like it!!! 😜👍🏼
I've been using a natural cream deodorant from Tropics, very nice and works!
Can an someone explain the silk pillow thing to me please? It's the first I've heard of it! I'm not cold capping tho so not sure if it's any help to me! Also my bcn said I wouldn't lose the hair off my legs...is this just a norfolk thing lol!! Xx
Hi cherry, completely understand about the deodorant, that is also why I stopped using the standard ones last year. Fat good it did us! Did you still get the tingly head thing that they all talk about as being the pre-cursor to the hair loss?
Ali liked the air freshener comment! Not sure if it's my fat fingers but I keep finding that I type and when I re-read it's put something completely random in instead!
Morning Ali lovely!!
Well jel of your smooth pins - mine are still resembling a rugby player's!!! Hopefully bodes well for my head hair though. Ha xx
Yeah, I haven't used proper anti-perspirant for ages anyway as I was always a bit suspicious of the aluminium and stuff and obviously wanted to minimise my breast cancer chances (bitter laugh.) I used natural deos though, only using full on anti-perspirants before interviews, presentations, stressful situations. Have been wary of putting anything near my breasts and armpits recently though. I'm sure it won't do any harm but I know I have one lymph node involved on my breast cancer side so am leaving that be xx
Cherry, ha ha that made me laugh, but why no deodorant? I've been using a natural one for about a year now and they do a fragrance free version, which I've bought to use during my treatment. It's a cream I think it's made with coconut oil and shea butter as the base. I'll look up the website and let you know if you're interested? It does work, no stinkiness!
Glad we can share each other's curly girl pain. Although I'd almost forgotten I was a curly girl, not having allowed anyone to see it curly since I was about three!! Just to warn you when I washed my hair a couple of days before my second cycle I did seem to have a clump of lost hair but then I've probably only been washing it once a week and hardly brushing it, so it probably wasn't much more than would have come out daily on my hairbrush anyway - just looked a little alarming. Just looked in the mirror at my mop - definitely not bald yet!!! The worst bit is I never feel properly clean and fresh at the moment with hardly washing my hair and not using anti-perspirant. Luckily for everyone around me I've never been a very sweaty person. Phew!! Xx
Morning Ruth!!! Definitely use your silk pillow case - as you say let's try every trick in the book. Good on you for having your half marathon goal. I'm fancying another trip to NY when I'm done with my treatment. Although not sure NY will be quite the same without my Sex & the City cocktailage. At the moment I'm planning to stay on the wagon for the first five years post chemo 🙄 Although ask me that later when I've had a glass of my Belvoir Rosé (a lively sparkling rosé with raspberry notes and a hint of floral orange blossom - NON alcoholic) 🤢 xx
Oh also meant to say, that quite a few of us on this October thread seem to be getting away with minimal SEs I reckon that is down to the good advice and tips of those from preceding months! Good work everyone!