Monday, June 5, 2006
I’ve seen posters around the Cancer Center advertising an upcoming seminar and I hear they give away some nice products. Look Good…Feel Better is a free makeup and skin care class available to women with cancer. The premise is that we need a little help offsetting the “damaging appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation.” The brochure also promises “increased self confidence and knowledge of self-care.” In other words “We know you look and feel like crap and we want to help you learn new techniques for disguising that sallow, haggard look.” Kudos to the marketing team. I’m into free stuff and could use a bit of pampering, so I decide to call the American Cancer Society and RSVP to this exclusive little luncheon and demo. Space is limited, so I’m glad I got in. Thankfully, no one asks “So, what’s your main beauty challenge?”
As of this morning, I noticed some of the burned skin peeling off but this is expected and not the same as skin “breakdown.” I now know how burn patients feel. I was given some sticky gel pads to cut and put over the new, pink, raw skin but they refuse to stay in place. Imagine having your entire bottom severely sunburned and then have someone stick duct tape on it and peel it back slowly. Now take a stinging pee and think of me. =0 This is about as close as I can come to describing the pain and discomfort I’m dealing with as of this morning. The numbing gel only lasts a few minutes, the ointments don’t really soothe, and all I can take for pain is Tylenol because of the Coumadin I’m on. Tim and I joked about the possibility of a morphine drip for the next couple weeks. I wear boxer shorts around the house and walk like a cowboy, can’t sit except in a reclining, slouched position, and am typing this while kneeling on couch cushions.