Neuropathy is a side effect of the chemo. I first noticed it when opening a jar. When Luka was getting dressed for the bunny party I had trouble helping her with her tights. She stepped into the feet and normally I help her inch the tights up, but my fingers wouldn't close together properly and kept slipping off the tights without pulling them up. Luka did not get frustrated. She laughed and laughed. And hugged my head. Five year olds must understand better than anyone how it feels when you want your hands to do something that they can't do.
Here's the good thing: I saw a naturopath, who is trained in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, at the Cancer Center. I saw Dr. C on Monday and the neuropathy is already better. (today is Thursday). We talked for about an hour. He helped me figure out good diet choices and the best supplements to take during treatment to reduce side effects and enhance the chemo power. Most of the supplements I had already been taking, but he recommended L-Glutamine Powder, 6-8 teaspoons a day, to help with nausea and my good buddy neuropathy.
I also got some acupuncture which left me feeling immediately refreshed. I have been opening jars ever since.
The weird thing: Getting side effects down means they can hit me with higher doses of chemo.
The funny thing: (this doesn't have to do with anything. it's just funny). My mom was washing chicken the other day in the kitchen. Luka came in and wanted to help. She wanted to touch the raw chicken. Scott and I always let her help in the kitchen, (well most of the time) but we don't let her touch raw meat. So when Gamma told her she could help with something else, but that she couldn't help with the chicken, Luka ran out of the room crying in a very dramatic way and yelling, "You NEVer let me touch raw chicken!!"
If anyone has any jars they want me to open, let me know. Pickles, jam, sauerkraut. . .