Nov 23, 2013 - 10:04 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone.
This site has been great for us and we appreciate all the advice and inspiration. My husband is near the end - last chemo this week and 2 more rad treatments next week (total of 35). It really has gone by fast.
While everyone is different - here are some things that helped him through.
1. Acupuncture - hard to say what it would have been without it but insurance paid and he had very little nausea with chemo, still has some taste and in general, on the days he had acupunture he felt good - less anxiety and slept better. There is more and more research showing that is helps with saliva and ability to swallow after treatment ends. Check it out!
2. Calendula Cream for radiation burns - his skin looks great! I rubbed this on several times a day and did nightly extended massages - the chemo nurse couldn't believe how good his skin looks.
3. Prevention - an oncology mouth wash. Suggested to us by another chemo patient - it has become his favorite.
4. Feeding Tube - like many say - is wonderful when you can't eat any more. We took cans with us on the chemo days and put food in with gravity bags so he wouldn't go too long without food.
He is definitley one day and sometimes one moment at a time but we see an end in sight so will all of you. I especially want to encourage all of you that are new to this site. Like so many have said - you can do it!
Our best to all!