It’s hard to effectively relate the sharp up and downs of this journey. Maggie is doing better… again. The Dr. has prescribed a lower dose of prednisone (20mg but only one time per day) to help with the Vectibix/Erbitux induced skin issues. We’ve gone on a testing spree to find anything that might help with the dry skin. I think we found the gold.
It’s called Cosmedicine Hydra Healer, a maximum strength moisture cream that costs a whopping $75 for one freakin’ ounce. But Maggie said she can tell a substantial difference in the way her face feels. And that’s a good enough reason for me. Along with that she washes her hair and chest with Head and Shoulders, per a nurse’s recommendation, being super careful not to scratch her already wounded skin. And, for the facial itching we are alternating between regular old Benadryl (at night) and Claritin. Both are anti-histamines. Less histamines is good since the histamines are where the itching comes from.
Last night Maggie and a few of the other girls tried to use wine as an anti-histamine. It certainly blocked the itching for a while….
So onward we trek through the unknowns, gaining coping skills as we travel. I’m glad that we can share them with you, just in case someone you know ever needs this information.