Saturday, February 2, 2013

Day five, not so bad yet

I was worried about being able to tell my story I'm March and even more about itching.

The web is great!

I found a discussion group and received answer from someone who just got through it

Cancer Compass : web is fantastic. I do not feel alone any more. While the news for the future weeks for me are not reassuring, I got great advices from those who just passed by what soon I will be in.

I asked if I will be able to perform, beginning March:

" My advice is this: don't worry about the way you look. Not wearing makeup is really liberating! Tell your story and hold your head up high. You have almost made it and, in time, will be beautiful again."

Here is one answer about itching I fear most:

"The itching was what drove me crazy! It felt like a thousand red ants were munching on my face--a nasty but apt image. What I did to cope with the itching was to get a cold pack, wrap it in a clean dishtowel or paper towel, and apply it to my face. This really helped.

I've also heard that you can apply a moisturizer like Aquaphor (no perfumes or additives which will cause your face to really light us!) two hours after you apply the cream. It is really greasy so get ready to get it in your hair, but it does provide some relief, especially at night.

As I found out, moisturizer is absolutely necessary at the end of your treatment and during the healing phase. You will know what I mean when you get there. Buy some Aquaphor now and be prepared. I swore I'd be so tough I'd never use it, but I'm in the sixth day of the healing phase and have used about half of tub of the stuff and am going out to buy more this weekend!

The worst thing you can do is rub the places that itch because they will really start to strobe and hurt even more. I know because I've done it when I lost control of myself.

Believe me, after 4 week of treatment, you will still look red, swollen, crusty, and miserable. The four days after you stop will be worse (or as bad as the last few days of treatment.) "

Well, at least I know... Thanks!

1 comment:

  1. A week later, it is a lot more red and itches a lot. At least, no pain.