I wanted to share a few things that I've done in this third round to help manage side effects from Oxaliplatin. I have a pretty strong reaction to it so I thought this might be helpful to those who are similar to me.
1. Cold sensitivity: For this round of treatment, I brought with me a nice insulated water bottle (purchased on Cyber Monday!) to keep 23 ounces of hot water to sip through a straw during my time in the chair. When I left treatment, I immediately wrapped up in a scarf, hat, gloves, coat, and sunglasses to avoid any immediate reaction to the cold. My waiting room and lobby are quite cool and last time I had a brief reaction where I couldn't see or talk and I blacked out briefly. I avoided that completely this time while the person with me called a Lyft. All of these measures resulted in my best treatment visit to date.
2. Water: The last two cycles I experienced a slight stinging when my eyes would water and when I would urinate. This time, I drank a ton of water and some pedialyte the day before, and made sure to drink enough water the day of. So far I have not experienced any stinging, and I think overall I feel better because of being fully hydrated (even though it meant getting up to use the bathroom a couple times while hooked up!
3. Gloves: I purchased a pair of cheap gloves to wear around the house. This sounds obvious, but the last two times I was lazy about it and sometimes didn't put my gloves on when I was doing things in the kitchen, etc. I would just power through the tingling. Now I am much more intentional about putting them on before doing just about anything. And of course I always wear slippers or socks around the house.
4. Benadryl: The day of treatment I always have a runny nose and sneeze a lot. I read online that this could be an allergic reaction, so I take some Benadryl and that clears it up quickly.
5. First bite pain: I have had first bite pain in my jaw for about a week after each treatment. I read somewhere in these forums to let my first bite of food rest on the back of my tongue before biting into it, which works very well. I also start off with something soft, like soup or oatmeal or a soft muffin or banana.
6. Food: some foods that work well for me in the first week - Potato soup and noodle soup made with broth that my brother made with stock made from local farm-raised chickens and lots of veggies; chicken and rice (the rice cooked in the same broth); stewed cherries and peaches; hot quinoa cereal; oatmeal; banana bread; pumpkin muffins; bananas; mac and cheese; whole wheat toast with jam. I also mix some pedialyte with warm water to stay hydrated, along with drinking plenty of warm water and hot tea. These are all foods that are easier for me to eat during those first four days when I don't have much appetite.
7. Exercise: I don't exercise outside because of the cold, so I try to do some kegels, yoga, stretches, pushups, situps, and even steps around the house to keep my body moving. I'm not part of a gym but I know that's a good option for some. For me I don't feel quite well enough to go to a gym and be around a lot of people.
8. Blood pressure changes; When I get up from my bed, I sit for a few seconds before standing up to avoid blacking out from blood pressure changes.
Most of these side effects last from a few days to a week, although the cold sensitivity stretches into two weeks. I also have hand cramping, but I haven't figured out anything to help with that except perhaps some light massaging. I am probably forgetting some things, but I hope this is helpful!