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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Medical Update -- fingernails and chest pain

OK, so I want to clarify something here: my concern over blue nails is not "cosmetic."

I have to ice my fingernails and toenails to keep them healthy. If they turn colors, that is NOT a good sign. If they are not well, they are in danger of infection or falling out or both. Not a pretty sight, and not something that a little nailpolish can fix.

Today, I met with my oncologist and asked him if the cold pack gloves and slippers were really necessary. He said they were mandatory (for all the reasons mentioned above).

They are not fun, but now that I know what to expect, I can deal with it a bit better.

That said, they are downright unpleasant.

On a happier note, I did not experience any chest pain from the Taxotere today. The drip was fairly slow, so that might have had something to do with it, but I do not know. In any case, I am cautiously optimistic that I will not experience any more pressure.

Chemo day was long today (9:40 am - 4:20 pm), but much better than last time!

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Daria said...

Eek! My finger nails are a bit discolored but not too bad.

I'll be thinking about you through the next few days.

Engineering Goddess said...

I am glad to hear that there were not chest pains today - yay! Happy thoughts and prayers going your way!

rickismom said...

Really glad to hear that you didn't get chest pains this time! Hope the gloves become a bit more bearable. Sounds like maybe you need to be distracted while wearing them? Would that help? (Or is it bad enough that you can't be distracted????)

RivkA with a capital A said...

Daria -- make sure your oncologist knows. I expect a bit of discoloration. I imagine that cannot be avoided.

Hilary -- me 2! thanks!

Ricki's mom -- Distractions are good! (says the mom with ADD!)