Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Details, Details

Gross Alert: If you are squeamish, you may want to skim this post.

I am thrilled to announce that the two scabs on my feet have finally healed and fallen off!! Let me explain. I don't know if I wrote before about one of my NHL symptoms: major itching. It started a few months ago, under my armpits (I thought I had developed an allergy to my deodorant) and somewhat quickly spread to full body itching. I saw a dermatologist (along with my acupuncturist and massage therapist) who prescribed Allegra and everyone pretty much thought the itching was due to anxiety (fertility stress can do a number on the mind and body). I tried all kind of lotions, sesame oil, oatmeal baths... nothing helped.

Fast forward a few months to the beginning of my diagnosis process and I was still pretty itchy. When I say itchy, I mean, I imagined myself getting some relief from standing in a prickly car wash and being scrubbed from head to toe. What I really did (besides using hairbrushes and begging my husband for forceful back scratches) was rub the tops of my feet on Judah's carpet to try to satisfy the itch. What I didn't realize was that I was scratching so hard, I created blisters (perfectly placed at just the spot where that in-between-the-toe piece on my flip flops hits). That was over a month ago. I guess chemo makes everything heal a bit slower and I've been waiting and waiting for these gross scabs to heal.

Another joyous thing that happened today is I shaved my legs! This may not sound like the thrill of a lifetime for most people, but it feels post-worthy for me. With all of my hair loss, why isn't the leg hair gone? I shouldn't complain because I still have my eyebrows (for now) and losing them is something I'm fearing. For now, the Dansky eyebrows rule...


  1. Well, frankly, I'm thrilled to hear about retreating scabs, loads of leg hair and determined eyebrows.

  2. Remember when we first shaved? Your mom was sooo mad at me!! If I knew then that I'd be doing it forever I might have waited a little longer! Sending love to you!! Xoxo