Life Happens

Hot flashes, hair fuzz, and supplements oh my!

My hair is starting to grow back on my head. Tons of people have told me I have a good head. I just look at them when they tell me that. One positive thing is that I've saved a ton of money on not buying hair products. Black women spend so much money on their hair. I think when it does come in I will just keep a short buzz cut. My eyebrows are another story. I don't know if they are coming in or going out. My nails still look crazy. I will continue to soak them in some water and epsom salt. 

I think I may have to stop drinking hot tea. Today I had some hot tea and I immediately started sweating. I was dripping with sweat as I walked into Bartell Drugstore. I still had my tea cup as I was walking in the store to buy a bottle of water. I'm not a coffee drinker so tea is all I got. Don't take my tea away from me. I will have to say goodbye to it perhaps. I'm going to go back to trying this one herbal supplement called Black Cohosh to see if it helps with my hot flashes at night. I don't know how many hours of sleep I'm getting in. I know I'm sleeping at least a few hours because I remember some of my dreams when I wake up. But I think I'm only get a few hours of sleep. I don't know if the chemotherapy pushed me to menopause or it's that time. 

My naturopathic doctor gave me a list of supplements to take prior to me starting chemotherapy. I'm taking about 10 different things with her. Now today my Oncologist added some things on my list. I just have to make sure I don't get frustrated and just stay the course. My body is going through a lot of changes right now and with the effects from chemotherapy I just need to take a deep breath and focus. I still have to do radiation and then it's a hysterectomy when radiation is completed. 

Today I went to music therapy. The therapist played her harp and I closed my eyes and was able to relax and rest for a few minutes. I wish I could do that at night but I can't. Hopefully one day soon my sleep will be restored. I'm looking forward to a good nights sleep but it's just not happening. I wake up dripping with sweat and it's just uncomfortable. 

Tomorrow is a new day. I have physical therapy and then I meet up with the social worker for therapy. I have to get this range of motion moving in the right direction. I still have concerns about lymphedema. I just have to keep moving and stay strong.