May 06, 2012 - 10:03 pm
To All Veteran Anal Cancer Survivors who have "BEEN THERE, DONE THAT"
I completed my 29th day of radiation and chemotherapy last Friday. I AM SO THANKFUL TREATMENT IS OVER AND I CAN FOCUS ON HEALING!
Last week my problem was how to keep Silvadene in place while the open wound areas are "weeping." I shower and cleanse a couple of times a day and take sitzbaths throughout the day as well. I was instructed by my radiation oncologist to begin using the Domeboro compresses to those areas to help dry them up. Okay, so I have been doing those but I suppose I need to just keep on keeping on with that as it won't prevent the weeping overnight - give it time. The areas are dry after letting the compresses sit for 15-30 minutes. I then apply a little Lidocaine if I feel the need but I do that only in the areas that are really bothering me at the time; I noticed my booty was feeling a bit numb too often and I didn't like that sensation. So, now it is time to apply the Silvadene AND here comes my concern (Somebody out there has had to have experienced this, too, right?). I cannot hold my booty cheeks apart for 6 hours before the next cleaning and application of meds; therefore, my cheeks/anal area that touches seems to melt the white ointment because after all, it is basically like a built in heater there especially since radiation. I understand I can pull my knees to my chest as I did when delivering my child 16 years ago; I also know I can lie on my stomach with my booty propped up. BUTT... for how long??? and how often? Someone please tell me this is "normal" and I will still heal. Any suggestions that got you through the rest of this pain in the ass?
Gotto find some humor in this somewhere...