2:00pm. May 20th 2014
How I’m feeling: Chemo #4 was yesterday. Other than feeling quite tired, I’m ok. My stomach is not feeling so great but I’m definitely controlling my nausea. I haven’t thrown up today yet. So, that’s a good thing! While, I know that it’s really difficult for me to plan and follow through on my plans too far ahead (due to the unpredictably of the well-being of my life right now) – I’m starting to make some cottage plans for after I’m done my chemotherapy treatment (IF all goes according to plan). I know that by doing so, I could be letting myself down here – but I just want to start thinking about things to look forward to. I figured, if it doesn’t cause cause an stress or anxiety – it’s ok to do it. And well, vacations are supposed to be all about the exact opposite of stress and anxiety!
I’ve heard that some of the many side effects from chemotherapy can include lines appearing on nails, nail colour pigmentation or discolouration, brittle and dry nails – and even nails falling off. Yikes. (Fingers crossed that that won’t happen to me) A friend’s mom had her nails peel off and while they did eventually grow back, it apparently did cause discomfort.
I’ve definitely been noticing drier skin – including on my hands and nails – but today I noticed that the colour of my nails getting a little darker.
In an attempt to keep my nails in great shape as much as I can through this chemo treatment (and hopefully prevent them from falling off) I picked up some Jamison Vitamin-E Oil and I massage it in to my nails. The oil has also been helpful with getting my scar from my chest biopsy to disappear and I’m trying to experiment with what else it’s good for.
Some photos from chemotherapy session #4: