Happy after Christmas everyone,
Its been 4 days since my first Chemo on the 23rd, I have to say overall things are “ok”. More fatigue, no appetite (but I am eating junk), just the general feeling of blaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh. EXCEPT I was warned, thank you @Runner Girl about my nose hairs falling out, and they did. What an absolute weird feeling. I just trimmed the darn things a few days ago and now they are gone and my nose itches on the inside.
There are signs of some velcro falling from my shaved head, but not to much yet. I know its coming and I am ready for it.
With the help of my sister we had a great x-mas dinner, spent some time with my son and his g/f who I had not met before. She was a hoot and so glad he asked her over. Of course I got snuggles with Althea, best christmas present ever!
All the best in 2022 everyone, stay safe, stay covid negative and be nice to one another. Life is so much easier when we are kind.
I'm sorry friend, but I had a little chuckle over the nose hairs. I recall how terribly itchy my nose was. And the words of my oncologist's nurse when she advised that my nose was itchy because I was losing my nose hairs.
Glad Christmas went well for you and the family.
@Roy L. My doctor never told me about the nose hair thing. I never had any itching; however, I think there is something even more important to know. You do not get any warning when anything is going to drip out of your nose. Sorry if TMI. Who knew those nose hair were early warning devices as well as filters? Germs and dust also get in there easier. You may do more sneezing. See a pattern?
@cancertakesflight thankfully Runner girl filled me in on the lose of nose hair. I would have totally freaked out. It is making it very difficult to read my new book, must keep lots of kleenex handy. LOL
Had to nap this afternoon, totally wiped out. But doing alright so far.
Hope all is well with you.
I really underestimated the power of nasal hair before I lost mine.
I just wanted to say that, I had a bit of trouble with my bald nasal cavities during the cold winter and dry air in the house during my last 2 chemo cycles. Secaris is an over the counter nasal lubricant that the pharmacist recommended.
So glad to read this group with it's sense of humour.
Best of luck with the rest of your treatments, @Roy L.
@Roy L. glad things are going reasonably well. The nose hair was definitely annoying. Keeping your nose lubricated as @Sadie12 suggested is very helpful. The other annoying hair loss was in the ears. Found I had to clean my ears more often. You really do lose hair EVERYWHERE.
Glad you had a nice Christmas and got some Althea snuggles. Best gift ever.
Hey @Roy L.
i knew you would be ok, you’ve got this. Nothing like a new granddaughter to give you hope and the fighting spirit you have. Glad the first session went well and you had a great Christmas. Now when you watch those Hallmark movies, they will think the kleenex is for your nose! Enjoy the rest of the festive season and try some energy drinks if you’re not feeling up to a regular meal. Take care!
When Dad was in chemo, he ended up having a chronic runny nose, too, but he didn’t lose all his hair, so I suspect that in his case it was just because of the soft-tissue thing that comes with chemo. He went “old school” and used handkerchiefs. I’m not sure which is more gross!
Anyway, I hope you are able to manage that side effect well, and that these tips give you some ideas...
I have been on treatment for multiple myeloma for 5 months but haven’t lost all my hair, it’s just thinned. In January I get the big blast of Melphalan which will kill everything apparently,and my hair will fall out. I did NOT KNOW about the nose hairs!!! It makes sense but yikes, I am really glad to have this information!!
thank you! 😀