Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Deodorant, Could You Live Without It?
As I was going through my routine this morning I remembered a funny I had a few years ago. I went for months wondering what was going on. After having my first breast cancer surgery, I would shower and for some reason, I would use deodorant under my left arm and then when I went to use it under my right arm, it stopped working. I'd spray and spray and it just wasn't working. WTH! Now mind you, most people look in the mirror to put on their deodorant, but it wasn't a pretty sight. So, instead, I'd put on my shirt, then apply deodorant. Well, after a few months of this, I finally realized, I had no feeling under my right arm, so I had obviously been just caking on the spray deodorant under that arm, simply because I couldn't feel it being applied! Boy, did I feel stupid!
Then this morning, I remembered something I had been told when I discovered I had lymphodemia on my right arm. "Don't use any lotions, sunscreen, or deodorant. It can cause your arm to swell." The first year after chemo was an absolute blur, but I think I remember I actually tried not using deodorant for a while. I'm pretty sure I couldn't stand myself so I just decided it wasn't worth it.
Now really, could you/would you go without using deodorant? I think not...