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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-17 05:47
Subject: [cancer] By the fingernails
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Tags:calendula, cancer, child, family, food, health, personal, shellyrae
I swear, it's always something new. And usually unpleasant. Just in the past few weeks, my fingernails have begun to split on almost a daily basis. I'm talking snags and small cracks in the end of the nail, as anyone might get occasionally. They're also thinner, as evidenced by the reduced amount of pressure required to clip them. It might be my imagination, but their quick seems to have more ridges than they used to.

Uneasy dreams last night, mostly about awkward, failed teen-style attempts at sex, and travel frustrations. Imagine Planes, Trains and Automobiles combined with American Pie, except there was never this one time at band camp. Ah, to have a life of the mind.

calendula_witch arrived last night. shelly_rae arrives tonight. We get the needle set today, and my blood chemistry done. Tomorrow is infusion session twelve of twelve. I'll be bringing copies of The Specific Gravity of Grief to give to my oncologist and to the infusion center's reading library.

This is the last time I go in for the FOLFOX/Avastin cocktail. It seems both a trivial moment and a huge one. My (step)mom, the_child and The Niece are baking today, so I can bring the family's traditional chocolate cake in as a thank you to the people at the infusion center. Then, well, life begins to change again.

Speaking of life changes, I direct your attention to this conversation between calendula_witch and the_child.

We all change, then we change some more. I could just do without the medical drama.

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-06-17 13:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It will sound silly, but the various manicure preparations for strengthening nails work pretty well for this kind of thing (if you get the Jessica brand in the US, that's the one I would recommend most highly, though Sally Hansen is good too). They do a coating which helps prevent splitting and flaking.
I will be thinking of you tomorrow.
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shelly_rae: Big leaf Maple
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-06-17 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Big leaf Maple
Once more into the breach!
If we could get more yogurt in you I think your nails would recover. I'll trim them short this weekend, that ought to help.
See you soon.
Anon
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Twilight: Daria
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-06-17 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Daria
While it's hard to find anything other than "where rubber gloves when washing dishes" for split and ridged nails (even from the Mayo clinic - geez!), there's decent evidence that if you can handle it, a good multivitamin with a decent does of biotin will help.

That you are running a little vitamin deficient at the moment is hardly news - so it makes sense that vitamins would be of some assistance...
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User: dsgood
Date: 2010-06-17 18:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When I talked to a doctor about misshapen toenails (not my primary reason for seeing the doctor), I was told that if it bothered me, I should either take gelatin capsules or eat jello.

cakmpls says this used to be standard advice in magazines for teenage girls.
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MEG: pTMEG
User: djelibeybi
Date: 2010-06-17 18:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:pTMEG
Splitting nails are a common phenomenon with chemo. Last time, mine were splitting across and down the length of the nail. Very unpleasant.

It's the rapidly reproducing cells which chemo attacks so, the stuff that keeps on growing when we're dead and buried (hair, nails) are the first to go. Plus, of course, what we're aiming for: cancerous cells.
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