Unfortunately, I am having some side effects from one of the drug combinations that I am taking. Actually, they have taken me off the drug that was the main cause, but the damage (large blisters on the soles of my feet, and sore finger tips) will take a while to subside. I have ‘Hand-Foot Syndrome.’
It occurs when the chemo leaks out of the especially small capillaries in the feet and hands, which is more likely if they get hot. I wasn’t told anything about this possible side effect so two days after my infusion I had a sauna and then I did a bunch of jumping jacks for exercise. The two main things that a friend later discovered that I should NOT do when on these particular drugs.
Well, now I’ve got a severe case of Hand-Foot Syndrome. The cure is to stay off my feet, soak them in cold water and put ‘Bag Balm’ on them. I use crutches, wheelchairs and the electric carts at some grocery stores. If I go out at all.
The worst part is having to be waited on. I don’t do well with that. Hopefully, this won’t last long. It started Saturday the 14th and was much improved in a few days. It continues to improve daily, but I want to be extra careful to make sure that I do not relapse.
Janet & Dave