There I was sitting with her, listening to her talk about her cancer. The wig she’s wearing is very life-like. It’s very close to what her real hair color was and if you didn’t know she lost her real hair to chemo, you’d think she’d just come from a morning at the salon. Her face is swollen from the drugs that come with the treatments. She hates being so bloated, but I reassured her, it was only temporary. The bigger question is, how long is temporary?
She talked about how much one shot brings on such intense bone pain. I suggested a few things that might relieve some of those aches. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was a care-giver again.
Use straws when you drink. Fluids are so important and even if you don’t feel like drinking, taking liquid through a straw makes it so much easier. Chew spearmint gum. It will settle your stomach after chemo. Protein; eat it. The body needs it during treatment. If you can’t eat, make a protein shake. Add ice cream, add calories. Don’t forget the ginger, it’s good for digestion. Stay comfortable. Wear your favorite sweats; soft and well-worn.
That’s the way the conversation went. The list on the paper was long.
As I was driving home, I remembered about the foot rubs. Oh, how Leroy loved those foot rubs.
I’ll have to email her.