Monday, August 30, 2010

Ice Chips, Ice Chips - I scream for Ice Chips!

Well, I guess it is the official beginning of nasty side effect season here at my house. Saturday night, my tongue started feeling like a big sore throat. I honestly don’t know a better way to describe it. What is really amazing is it doesn’t really look too bad – kind of like there are now a couple of landing strip lights on both sides of the tongue. I know I’ve been having a hard time finding things that I can tolerate to eat maybe cancer is trying to help me to remember - Hello this is where food goes!

It also signaled a perfect time for another good cancer cry. This is real… this is happening… you can feel good for few days but I’m still here and the battle is going to be a fierce one. Nasty red stuff (Adriamycian) thanks for the mouth sores – I know you are coming for my hair. I guess I better start making some real plans; so, today I registered for the Look Good, Feel Better class provided by our local American Cancer Society.

Sunday, we took the kids to the mall for some back to school shopping.  I grabbed my 20% coupon for Bed, Bath & Beyond and splurged on a beautiful satin pillowcase.  I hear from the cancer blogs that it helps when your hair starts falling out.  Back to School shopping is just about as much fun with cancer as it is without cancer.  I went through 3 bottles of water keeping my sore mouth hydrated and then was happy to see that sore tongue or not I can still tolerate Olga's.   The snackers weren't the best but my normal creme of broccoli soup with spinach pie was a nice treat, even if I did leave most of the phyllo behind. 

Now it is Monday and life as normal is a wonderful treat.  Zach to a Brandon Tennis Match, Shelby to volleyball practice and all of us trying to stay cool on a hot summer day.  What a perfect reason for more ice chips!


  1. Hey, my buddy the pharmacist, at the hospital suggested you talk to your doctor about Magic Mouth Wash. It has equal parts Malox and Benadryl. The kids here getting Chemo love it because it makes their thoats fell much better after the sores start. She said it would the the same in adults.

  2. Today's breeze may have helped at the tennis match. Hope you had a large supply of ice. It was my favorite food long ago but for different reasons.
    Will look for Zach's scores when I get home tonight. Brenda is driving her red convertible(with the top up.) Maybe on the way home we'll enjoy the breeze. Thinking of you,

  3. Yes - the nurse said magic mouth wash is definitely an option - but guess what healthy living is working wonders on my mouth. Hydration, exercise and lots of nutrient rich food + gargling with the salt or baking soda seems to have worked for me. It is just an annoyance nothing major so I will save the magic mouth wash in case next time is worse.