It’s 32.3 degrees outside and I’m sipping on vegetable soup and inhaling mushroom risotto (like a lady of course), all in aid of trying to warm up my body because = quite frankly, despite the heat, it’s chilled to the core.
Oooooh gosh my first few scalp cooling treatments were brutally cold. By the third treatment I almost ripped the cap from my head and threw it across the room! But I suppose I didn’t have a lot of meat on my bones to keep me warm after my week-long stay at Hotel Cabrini (and I promise it wasn’t the food!).
It was practically the middle of summer and I would find myself only barely comfortable with four hospital blankets, a few heat packs. Two words – STILL COLD! To add to the unbearable chills, the hair is dampened to improve conductivity for the scalp cooling process. So, I got down to business and in no time at all I had raided my winter wardrobe before my second treatment.
Being warm is ESSENTIAL! It makes your scalp cooling time much more bearable and you may even be able to sneak in a nap while passing the hours!
I would also like to add, if you’re starting chemotherapy on the back foot from a health perspective, you may not be able to tolerate the caps well at all during your first few treatments, but please give you and your body time to adjust! It’s worth a try!
Things to remember to pack in your day bag (because some treatments are cooler than others!) these items:
- Long pants
- Woollen socks
- Angora cardigan
- Woollen blanket
- Hand-warming gloves
- Scarf for the neck – especially the back
- Warm food and drinks!