We have been doing radiation for awhile now. Some days are harder than others. But, today my OraMagic wore off. OraMagic is the stuff that numbs up my cheek to help it open up to get the bite block in. So, today it wore off, but I was able to open my mouth wide. Earlier I had to depend on the OraMagic to help me open up my mouth. So, this is a big step!
I always get “waffle face” that is because the mask is really tight and when it comes off it leaves little holes, like a waffle has.
My radiation doctor told me that protein helps heal my body from radiation. So, I’ve been eating meat. Lots and lots of meat. And, I also ate Singapore Rice Noodles and drank a bunch of water because they are so spicy good. But I don’t like other spicy things. It’s really weird.
The side effects are dryness on my cheek and my cheek being cramped. And, I also some sores from it. I have a corner of my mouth that is dry so much that if I open too big it will start bleeding.
To help reduce side effects, I’m having to wash and moisturize my face at least twice a day and using lots of aquaphor on my lips and swishing with a baking soda and salt water rinse.
And because my gums are so sensitive right now, I have to use a toothbrush designed for an infant – 2 year old. It has a tiny head and really soft bristles. There are some designed for 8 year olds that have flosser bristles that poked my gums. It isn’t very comfortable at all. I started crying after using that one night. So, we shopped for more toothbrushes and found the infant one.