Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Today I begin my third of twenty-four weeks of treatment. It’s been interesting and all-encompassing (mostly, I think, because I’m out of my home and town and business, and have a lot of time on my hands).
This morning I noticed the rash on my legs is completely gone. Happy to have that behind me. Thank you, Dr. Michael Arnold*.
Yesterday slight itchies were ricocheting around my body, tickling me here and there: top of the foot, behind the ear, under the chin, abdomen, etc. Dispatched by pressing firmly or rubbing gently. NO SCRATCHING, PLEASE!!
The drug directions say to apply lotions twice a day; Cindy says three. I’m doing three, once upon awakening, once after evening shower, in-between times when I feel any of the most-likely to be affected areas are dry: shins, chest, back. I alternate using a variety of lotions (see photo): those recommended by Cindy: Oil of Olay for the face, AquaPura, Eucerin lotion and bath wash; from an Internet Hep C treatment group: Gold Bond Extra Strength, medicated, with the green bottle and orange top; my own choices: Aloe Vera gel from Whole Foods, Rock Hills Estate Lavender Balm (gift from Heidi), plus Whipped Shea with Lavender from the lady at the the P.G. Farmers Market who said it was her most hydrating, coconut oil; and friend Joan de Mers specially formulated oils from her Italian grandmother’s recipe, very nice. You’ll see Cortisone 10 in the photo, which I bought to counteract the first rash, and didn’t do a thing, but which I’m keeping on hand.
And don’t forget my self-hypnosis tape from Bee, instructing my subconscious to follow the doctor’s orders and expect the best results. I listen to it each morning before meditation. Different phrases stand out with each listening, bringing fresh meaning. I like that.
FOOD TOMORROW: I’ve felt better today eating iron-rich foods: spinach, chicken livers (1/2 lb), salmon, fortified cereal (Total). Tomorrow I’m going to explore balancing the fat, calories, protein, and fiber I need to take my pills, keep up my energy, and have a clear mind. I have some ideas from what’s gone before to put together and test.
I love life; don’t you?!