New bedtime routine to combat chemo side-effects

My new bedtime routine, brought to you by chemotherapy…

I have purchased ice booties in the hopes to prevent further Plantar Erythrodysesthesia and to start managing the neuropathy I’m starting to get around my ankle and outer foot. Additionally, my nails are starting to turn yellow, so I’m hoping the hive will prevent them from falling off.

My vision issues are also back. Earlier this week, I wasn’t able to see near or far. My vision was completely distorted as well as doubled. I couldn’t watch TV or read. Ii went to the ophthalmologist, who confirmed that my Dry Eye Disease has not improved despite using 2 different drops and an eye gel. She also noticed that I’ve developed Blepharitis and that the meibomian glands in my eyelids are inflamed. So now, I must also wear a heated eye mask for 5 minutes twice a day, and then massage my upper and lower eyelids with the hope of unblocking any residue in the oil-secreting meibomian glands, which is causing eyelid inflammation. I have a follow-up appointment in 2 weeks to see if it’s improved.

Chemo, you are not my friend, but you are helping me. I guess I have to put up with you for a few more months. Please be kinder…

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