My third chemo (Taxotere) turned my nails blue.
My fifth chemo (Doxil), the one I am on now, is turning my hands red!
My hands and feet have been chapped, almost since I started this new treatment. The fourth chemo (Xeloda) also made my skin dry, especially my hands and feet; I often suffered from cracks in my skin, in my fingers and heals, which took a long time to heal. When I stopped taking the Xeloda, all my wounds healed within days (maybe weeks.... I do not remember exactly how long it took).
Now my skin is chapped, very red, and, in places, peeling. When we were in the Kinneret, my foot brushed up against a stone,and I ended up with a 2 cm wound on my heal.
I am trying to remember to apply lotion several times a day. This sounds easy, but since I am not in the habit of putting on lotion, it is difficult for me to remember to apply lotion even once a day!
I do not need to use any special type of lotion, just regular moisterizer, of which I have plenty!
When I apply moisterizer regularly, the difference is dramatic. My skins get smoother, and some of the redness goes away.
Lately, I have not been dilligent about using lotion as often as I should. I have been busy, and have not had time to sit down, rub in the skin cream, and wait until my skin absorbed all the lotion.
Last night, I paid the piper. My hands felt like they were on fire.
In the middle of the night, I had to apply hand cream several times.
This morning, I applied lotion four times. My hands look almost normal.
I should have been born a princess, with maidservants to annoint my hands and feet every few hours!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,