People have asked me, what did you use during chemotherapy to assist yourself. I experimented with products, some worked and others didn’t. Although I read ad nauseam (excuse the pun) about chemo, some of the best tips came from other consumers and nurses.
1. Use a straw when you drink. This bypasses your taste buds. For me, everything tasted like metal.
2. Use plastic forks and spoons. I won’t insult you by suggesting that you imagine you are on a picnic.
3. Drink pear juice diluted in water. I will never be able to drink it again and since I didn’t drink it before, I am not missing it. It was more pleasant than water, which I could not stomach.
4. Steamed zucchini (not too hot, as you will remove the lining of your mouth) seemed to cleanse the palate and remove the ‘thrush’ in my mouth.
5. Small meals, more often, but try and avoid overdoing the carbs. You will regret that later.
6. Mouth hygiene is essential. Rinse with bicarbonate (or mouth wash), use gum gel and use a new toothbrush at start of each round of chemo. I was diligent with mouth hygiene and had no mouth ulcers.
7. Hydrate your skin everyday. There are too many products to mention on this one but I suggest a natural one without chemicals. I mixed my own up adding a organic rose oil (Revilo), avocado skin cream (McArthur Natural Products) and (Bio) oil in a plain sorbolene base. Revilo products are available at http://www.revilocosmetic.com
8. Use a scalp cream to keep your scalp moisturised and ready for new hair growth.
9. Take Vitamin D and if possible take 15 minutes of ‘gentle’ sunlight a day. You will feel better.