One of the annoying side effects from the chemo I’m getting ( Gemcetibine and Docetaxel) is the damage I’m now seeing to my nails. Researching online, it seems the Docetaxel could be the main culprit but having a double whammy dose of chemo probably doesn’t help matters. Having spent sooo long getting my nails up to par (if you’ve read my earlier posts you’ll know I’ve battled with nail biting for years up until a couple of years ago when I decided enough was enough) and to watch my hard work go down the drain as the drugs took hold has been a bit of a blow. Still, never one to sit down and give up, I’ve researched chemo nail care and delved into products which could help restore my nails to some sort of normality. Hopefully, this might help some of you in the same position.
Re-hydration is my main aim as my nails have gone so dry, despite using cuticle oil by the gallon. The white bits have gradually crept down my nails but strangely enough, just on both ring fingers! I’m not sure what I can do about those though …..
I’ve had no problem growing my nails throughout my ongoing chemo treatment – in fact they’ve grown like mad. I read that some people lose their nails due to Docetaxel so I guess I’m lucky in that respect.
I read some great reviews on the Swiss TRIND products and decided to
give them a whirl – after all I’ve got nothing to lose but healthy nails to gain. The two products I plumped for were the Nail Balsam and Nail Repair and then their Keratin Nail Restorer and Keratin Nail Protector. I’ve had the first two products for about a week now and the latter have just arrived.
Using the products is easy: you simply apply a coat of the Balsam to clean, dry nails and leave for two minutes to soak in, then gently rub any excess into your nails. I can see my nails absorbing the balsam! Then, you apply a coat of the Nail Repair and allow to dry. This helps seal in the balsam and helps strengthen your nails. Each day, you simply remove the products with a non-acetone polish remover and start the two-step process again.
Already I can see some improvement in the condition of my nails and they are definitely more hydrated.
Whilst ferreting around online I was reminded that nails are basically made of keratin and that restoring your nails to health meant restoring the keratin levels. Having seen that TRIND also have keratin products I went and checked these out and decided that having some extras in my arsenal wasn’t a bad thing.
On first applying the Keratin Nail Restorer I’m really impressed at how quickly it’s absorbed and how incredibly soft and smooth my nails feel, even after one shot. I’ve left off applying the Naail Protector for a few hours as I want to apply some more of the keratin goodness throughout the day.
The keratin products are formaldehyde free although the Nail Repair does ontain this. I’m not a fan of formaldehyde but on this occasion, I’m prepared to overlook this if it means my nails stand any chance of getting back to how they were pre-chemo!!
I’ll update on the progress ……..
Well, we’ve had a great summer this year down here in the south of England. Plenty of hot summer sun and hot sticky nights and it looks like we are enjoying an Indian summer as the temperatures are still brilliant as we hit the second week of September!
I’ve not been able to fully enjoy the lazy days of summer, having to travel to London three weeks out of four for my ongoing cancer treatment but it’s been great to see our wonderful capital in its summer glory. Let’s hope the sun continues to shine and that autumn is late arriving this year!
Some good news: we are expecting our third grandson early in the New Year! Leah and Simon are having another boy, a little brother for Archie, who’s now 2. Can’t wait!
Apologies for the lack of posts written but this is due to my illness. I’ll try and get on here more, promise!
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Spending so much time at home recovering this year has meant that I’ve had to find things to do that didn’t involve either driving/lifting/too much exertion. Luckily I’ve been able to stitch and make crafts for Jack’s upcoming Summer Fayre at Lee on Solent Infants School on Saturday 5th July. Hannah and I have a table there where I’ll be selling my goodies with a portion of the proceeds going to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Come along and say hi to us, as well as supporting a great cause
If it’s one thing I love it’s chickens. Especially in my kitchen! You’ll find them everywhere on my shelves, on the window sills and on tea-towels and canisters. So when I needed a tote bag to cart stuff off to hospital, chickens were the only choice to decorate it!
The templates for these chooks came from a small quilting pattern a friend sent over from the States a few years’ ago. I’ve never gotten round to making the quilt but the chickens have now found a new home on the bag!
Now I’ve fished them out, I’m sure these cute chickens will find their way onto other things before too long ….
I’ve been off work for several weeks now, post-op recovery, and although I’m not allowed to do too much and I still tend to get tired all too quickly, stitching is one thing I’ve done plenty of! With hopes of a good, sunny summer to come, I’ve been busy stitching some new cloths for our garden table …….
With still more time off work, I’m planning more stitching goodies, all of it hand-stitched as I’m not using my machine at the moment.
Just need some summer now to put my work to use
By the third month, your little one will be a very active young lady! She’ll be constantly moving and wriggling around when she’s awake, waving her arms and legs – and delighting you with her squeals of excitement.
You’ll find she’s fascinated with everything you do and she’ll follow you with her eyes as you move around. She might be able to keep her head quite steady if she’s in a sitting position ut she won’t be able to keep her back straight just yet. If she’s placed on her tummy, she should be abe to lift her head and chest up. She’ll be able to hold a toy if you give one to her but may have trouble letting it go!
Now your little one has neck control, start putting her in a bouncy chair so that she can sit up and look around. Interaction will be fun for her how she’s growing to be sociable.
You should find her sleeping patterns are settling down – she may be sleeping and napping around 14 hours a day but if she’s still not going through the night, don’t despair. Try keeping her busy during her waking hours with two or three short sleeps so that she may go longer during the night.
You know by know how much hard work having a baby is – but there are NO words to describe the joy you get raising your little one. As each month passes, things will get easier and you’ll be amazed at how quickly time flies ……
Missed month two? Find it here .…..
I’m a bit of a stickler for manners; nothing winds me up more than bad manners and lack of respect. I was taught as a young child (and yes, I can remember that far back!) that manners cost nothing and will take you far. Simple things like saying please and thank you, holding open doors for those behind you and helping people. So what’s happened in today’s society?
We made sure our children were taught to be sociable and polite from a young age; opening doors for people and shaking hands were skills they learnt as soon as they were old enough to comprehend their actions (and which they still execute today, out of sight of our parental scrutiny!) Little toe-rags they could be at home but wheel ‘em out into public and they were a credit!
There seems to be a whole generation of people who’ve been brought up with virtually no manners or social skills. But worse, it’s not always the youngsters who are at fault. They get a bad reputation for a lot of things but in my experience, sometimes the elderly are the worst culprits. Perhaps they see age as an excuse to do and say what they please; who knows? In my job, I see it daily and it riles me so much! With a simple request, why the need for an in-your-face demand, coupled with a raised voice and an attitude that quite frankly stinks? It’s clear some people don’t realise that you achieve far more by being polite. Works every time with me.
Another of my pet hates is people answering their mobiles when you’re dealing with them, so you end up having disjointed two-way conversations: “Hallo? Darren..? Yeah, I’m in the surgery… no I can’t do that … no I’m not talking to you, I’m talking to my boyfriend …. yeah, I can make that … no babe, I’m talking to the lady here…” . Pity they can get a signal inside!
Sometimes, though, an incident can restore your faith in humanity, something simple which otherwise might have gone unnoticed. Last week, Leah and I went up to London, arriving right in the middle of the rush hour. We were trying to find our connecting tube lines and were undecided whether we were heading towards the right one. We must have been overheard as, out of nowhere, a total stranger pointed us in the right direction. A simple act of kindness, especially in the hustle and bustle of the Jubilee line! Clearly, this man had been brought up to be polite and helpful, which didn’t go unnoticed.
Raising your children to be polite costs nothing but time and patience but will reward you with a family whose social skills will see them through many differing situations throughout their life. Little ones learn through example so how you interact with them and others will reflect on their perception of how people should be treated. Remember that today’s moms, dads and grandparents are moulding the adults of the future!
Ok over to you – do you still give up your seat for a pregnant lady or elderly person? Do you think manners are important? We’d love to hear your views! Please leave your comments below …….
If you’re looking for a decent sit and ride toy for Christmas but want something a little different, take a look at the Wheelybug Ride-on range, with cute bumble bees, ladybirds, tigers, mice, pigs and cows! There’s bound to be a creature your little one will love.
These sit-ons are handcrafted with a robust wooden base and padded with a layer of sponge, covered with a tough polyurethane that’s easy to clean. These toys are built to last! The Wheelybug features multi-directional castors that allow your child to scoot around endlessly – which all toddlers love to do!
The Wheelybug is one toy that you’ll be happy to leave out – even when your little ones are tucked up in bed! With a handle bar, the Wheelybug can be used as a push-along toy when babies and toddlers are taking their first steps so you’ll get years of use from this lovely toy.
International & European Safety tested (EN71) so you know you can trust the design.
Take a break from plastic – get a wooden Wheelybug and watch your little one’s face light up ….
TIP: Go for the large size; this will last your child for longer than the small …..
… doesn’t it make you wish you were a toddler again?
When I had our three children, many moons ago, I cooked all their meals from fresh as the jars and packet meals on sale weren’t exactly the most appetising things going (much as they are today) I cooked fresh baby meals for our first grandson and have been doing the same for our second (that’s him on the left!)
Babies and toddlers are surrounded with new experiences each andevery day, so introducing new flavours and textures to their mealtimes is normally quite easy. I’ve put together a collection of some of the recipes I prepare regularly for Archie and they’re available for you FREE!
Simply pop your name and email into the box on the right and you’ll get instant access to some of Archie’s favourite meals! Look out for more in the future …..
If you’re fed up of battling the pre-Christmas crowds already but need to find the perfect card for a birthday or new arrival, or you’re fed up with cold hands and need some cosy new gloves, sit back in the comfort of your armchair and head on over to handmade-inhampshire
Now that autumn’s well and truly here, home-made soup is just the thing for a tasty, warming lunch or supper. Here’s an easy recipe and if you’ve never cooked with pumpkins before, it’s easy. Roasting both the pumpkin and the garlic gives a great taste.There are plenty in the shops right now; choose the small varieties as they are so much tastier. I get ours from our local fruit farm – it’s great watching them grow in the fields during the summer, knowing we’ll be enjoying them in the cooler months!
800g pumpkin, seeded and cut into slices
2 carrots, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 ½ tbs vegetable oil
1 large potato, cubed
1 litre water
2 vegetable stock cubes, crumbled
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
250ml double cream
Preheat the oven to 220c/Gas 7
Place the pumpkin slices and the garlic cloves in a baking dish or a roasting tin. Drizzle with vegetable oil and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 40 minutes. The pumpkin and garlic should be soft but not blackened. Allow to cool slightly, then remove the flesh from the skin. Crush the garlic into a paste
In a large saucepan, bring the water together with the crumbled stock cubes to the boil. Add the potato, carrots and onions and simmer for about 30 minutes, until soft. Add the parsley and crushed roasted garlic. Add the roasted pumpkin flesh and gently simmer for another 10 minutes. Puree in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan over a low heat, stir in the cream and seasoning to taste.
Serve with fresh crusty bread and enjoy!