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Unread 12-26-2001, 08:22 AM
LIW chapstick warning

I do not usually start a thread but I feel this warrants taking note of! Funny chapstick story not getting noticed, hope this one will! I can personally tell you that petroleum in chapstick will react with oxygen. I work with elderly and I always knew this but when it came to my own care it was lost in shuffle. I have the blisters on my lips to prove this theory and it could have been much worse!! LIW please choose chapstick wisely even if it means swithching brands for castle stay. Hope this avoids anyone else experiencing unnecessary sideeffect.
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Unread 12-26-2001, 10:19 AM
I took Blistex

Thanks for pointing this out as chapstick is a very popular item that LIW are reminded to take. I never knew this. I just took Blistex to the castle. According to the ingredients it does not contain petroleum. I used it after surgery once settled in my room. Even a nurse asked me if i needed any lip moisturizer. Although I didn't have oxygen mask in recovery because I was awake I believe I had some during surgery with a nasal cannula. This would be a good reminder for those to not put any on before surgery.
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Unread 12-26-2001, 12:41 PM
LIW chapstick warning

Hi Marian!!!

I love that you started a thread here!!! I am going to take your advice and will make sure that the chapstick (with Petroleum) is the first thing I pack for my castle visit on the 7th of Jan. Thanks and talk to you soon!!

Hoping everyone has a happy and safe 2002!

Mollie
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Unread 12-26-2001, 12:57 PM
LIW chapstick warning

ooopppsss.... I mean I'm packing my chapstick WITHOUT petroleum!!!
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Unread 12-26-2001, 02:31 PM
LIW chapstick warning

Mollie - I used chapstick but it was after I got back in my room. I did not have oxygen on then.
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Unread 05-14-2002, 04:49 PM
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Unread 05-14-2002, 05:00 PM
Hmmmmmmmm

My mom was in the hospital for a week with oxygen on a good portion of the time. The hospital gave her Petroleum Jelly as the oxygen was causing sores on her lips?
I am not discounting what you said mcweaver. Is is just strange, huh?
It took months for my mom's lips to heal.
Better safe than sorry though. Fortunately I think most of us are just on the oxygen for a day so we shouldn't have too many side effects. (A little blood in the nose is common too.)
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Unread 05-15-2002, 06:49 PM
LIW chapstick warning

"Burt's Beeswax Lip Balm" is my favorite, and it comes in a tube or a pot.
No petroleum stuff, has coconut and peppermint oil.
Feels cool and tingly, too.

They also make a chapstick/lipstick.
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Unread 05-15-2002, 07:01 PM
LIW chapstick warning

I'm surprised your doc didn't tell you not to wear ANY cosmetics into surgery. No nail polish, no lipstick/gloss, no foundation, no nothin'. They need to see if your lips or nails are changing color which indicates low oxygen levels. If you need something on your lips to keep them from drying, use your regular moisturizer on them the morning of surgery, and save the Chapstick, Blistex etc to use in your room afterward.

I can tell you from experience that you will not worry about your lips being chapped after surgery.
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Unread 05-16-2002, 04:25 AM
Whoa, there!

No one has said anything about wearing makeup during surgery!
I DID care about having dry,cracked lips after surgery.
It is a simple way to care for yourself post op.
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