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Weird cancer recovery things: nausea

So, radiation was the worst part of cancer recovery, for sure. I should first say, however, that I never had to endure chemotherapy. It's worse than riadiation. So, my bout with cancer was mild compared to many - I never threw up from the radiation either. My heart goes out to everyone who got the shittier end of that deal. But, radiation is certainly no picnic. Going through it sucked, but it didn't end there.

The first time I understood how deep the effect of radiation was on me, was the first time I smelled Jergen's hand soap. Not just hand soap... specifically Jergen's hand soap. There's nothing wrong with Jergen's hand soap, unless you've had radiation treatment at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto Canada. The technicians at the time used it to wash their hands before and after each treatment. It's fairly heavily scented. Not normally an issue, but interestingly, the scent was imprinted in my brain, and my mind tied a string between the scent and experience and sensations of radiation therapy. For three solid years after the radiation treatment, I'd feel extreme nausea just by smelling Jergen's hand soap. Every other brand was fine, but Jergen's made me feel like I was about to hurl.

The other, much stranger association my brain made, was to Bayview Avenue. If I drove past Bayview Avenue, read the name of the street on a piece of paper or went anywhere near Sunnybrook, I felt like I was going to vomit uncontrollably. I don't mean that I was "mildly put off" either. In both cases of the soap and the street, we're talking holding your mouth, clutching your gut and quickly scanning for a private place to wretch your guts out. I never actually vomited, but it was an overwhelming sensation nonetheless.

Fun facts, and an all-too-true story.

October 22, 2017

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