Aqx99 wrote:You will probably need to measure your output to help tell if you have diarrhea and to see how much fluid you are losing. The oxaliplatin always gave me muscle cramps in my calves and hands. I could barely walk out of the infusion center sometimes. After climbing the stairs in my home holding the handrail, my hand would stay in the clutched position until I forcibly straightened it out. I ate a lot of potatoes during chemo because they really thickened my output.
No cramps this morning, calves or arms. I think that I didn't have enough electrolytes the first day and had cramps from it but the other days were more likely a combination of the farmers walks and maybe the oxy. It normally takes three days to rebuild muscle (or recover from teardown) for me and that would be just about right. The effects on the heels and arms were the day after the oxy and started after the weightlifting. I am monitoring things fairly closely right now for any issues.
This morning I spent five minutes clearing ice off the windshield before going to the grocery store and I used an old pair of Marmot waterproof gloves with a nice liner. I didn't have any issues with the cold like yesterday but it was around freezing and it wasn't raining. Yesterday it was mid-20s and raining so my fleece gloves got soaked and my fingers were numb and cold. After we returned, I cleared off the other car - it had two inches of snow under 3/4 inch of ice. That took about 40 minutes. The only places I had the cold feelings were on my nose and a bit on the chin. I growing a lot of facial hair to help protect against the cold. I actually felt fine doing that. It may be that my body was warm from clearing ice and snow or that the effects of the Oxy are fading - I really hope it's the latter. I have to later clear off a bit of snow and ice off the roof in preparation for a storm starting tonight going into tomorrow morning that should leave us with 3-6 inches and take care of some other outside stuff.
We're going to Costco today (insane, huh?) and I will buy the Balaclava and Ski Mask if they still have them in stock.
The sweet potatoes do a nice job on thickening for me. I will try the potatoes as well. I had a lot of stinging yesterday but nothing after last night. I've been looking for a watching videos on crusting and applying the Convex Natura wafers. I wish that there were far more video examples out there than I've found so far.