Today is my birthday decided earlier this week I couldnt face it looking like a rather sad scarecrow so despite all the cold cap blurb I got an organic vegetable base hair dyebfrom H&B and it worked a treat looks really natural and no adverse reactions (did do a skin allergy test day before). So feel much more like my old self.
Still have slightly yukky mouth so although going for meal later with OH and son not expecting it to be great, not that relaxing anyway with a toddler in tow who isn't interested in food !
Jos you sound like you're in a lot of discomfort I didnt get seromas from any of my surgeries but know all about the shooting pains they can be really intense, I dont think any painkillers really help with it anyway. Unfortunately I found the taxotere appears to have homed in on my poor damaged nerves in my reconstruction and had lots of pain for about 10 days after treatment. Hopefully your pains will settle quite quickly and you dont have chemo to aggravate them.
I really know how you feel about your sister , my younger sister lives in California I havent seen her for over 5 years visits are lovely but then they have to leave. Definitely going to see her next year when all this is over. My other lovely sister lives over 250 miles away near Portsmouth so I only see her about 4 times a year if I had my way they would both live no more than 10 minutes away I miss them.
Rosie what a day you've had, I think after waiting for results the next worst thing is getting told different things by medical people. Its really scary when one consultant pretty much trashes what another has said who are you supposed to trust ? On the plus side at least you have lift off with your inflatables !
Are they sending you for a heart scan now ? I had one earlier this week its just an ultrasound takes less than 10 minutes.
I had to ring breast nurse to check if it had been arranged she told me 9.30 Wednesday, I didnt get a letter from hospital turned up to be told by sonographer I should have been there for 9.15 , said sorry was told 9.30 and can't drop my son off at nursery til 9.00 so couldnt have made 9.15 anyway. She made big thing about fitting me in I saw my file on her desk it clearly said 9.30 and next day my appointment letter arrived in post (really useful
- not)it said 9.30, felt like going back and asking her where she got her time from. To be fair think she is the first snotty medical person I have encountered so far everyone else has been lovely.
She didnt say anything about the test, hey I'm just the patient, so opened the letter she gave me with the report in and everything was normal so should start herceptin this Thursday round 5 of chemo.
Looks like I have done something weird whilst typing this so am signing off before I lose the whole thing.
Best wishes toeveryone for a good weekend
Quick update as typing one handed. 10 days post op and really sharp nerve pain down arm. Ouch. Also large seroma. Just seen nurse who says all normal and they dont want to touch seroma until op next tuesday. Codeine and Tramadol make me sick so just waiting to talk to GP about alternatives. Was doing well up to this point.
Hope you are all ok. Quite envious to think of gardening, pilates and shopping.
The Impatient Patient.
Good morning all.
I'm feeling much calmer this morning and have just had a lovely walk with a friend to start the day.
Rosie - more hospital appointments? What is happening next? Yes, i have been to NZ twice to visit my sister but the next trip will be the first with my daughter. Actually I think I might lock my sis in the loft and hide her passport - we don't want her to leave!
Lisa - good luck with the Tamoxifen. I'll be interested to hear how you get on. I am starting on 1st October - the day I also return to work.
Joan - sorry that other areas were identified. It is a constant worry isn't it - what else might be lurking that we don't yet know about. Barcelona sounds wonderful and thanks for the insurance tip.
Have a good day everyone.
Yes, there would be less cancer in the nodes than previously as it did not show up on the MRI which it had before and, yes, it is good that it wasn't present in others. I am calming down a bit now and trying to be rational.
As for the relationship, I don't think it was really down to the cancer (although I'm sure it didn't help). He has some health and other problems himself and needed to take a step back. As you say, never a good time. At least I still have him as a really great and very supportive friend.
Hope you are doing well.
Thats quite a long wait Lovewine. I hate all the waiting and anxiety it brings.
I was supposed to have gone to NZ this summer but hope to go next year instead if I can afford the increased insurance premiums post-cancer! (and haven't spent too much in legal fees on my divorce!).
Lovewine - when are you getting your results?
Joan - my sister is still with me but returns to NZ on 18th. Ex partner wasn't living with me but 50 miles away which wasn't ideal anyway. He is still supportive but not physically here much at the moment due to some fairly heavy problems of his own. I am busy lining up lots of things with friends post-18th. Of course, I have my 7 year old with me a lot of the time. My second op is a LICAP flap reconstruction where they move a bit of tissue/fat across from chest wall to "fill the gap". I will have all my scars down my side and on my back but the breast will be scar-free. Amazing really. I will have 6 weeks of radiotherapy in Oct/nov - more than I'd been told originally. How were your results? What are your concerns?
Sorry, so out of touch and too many pages of posts to catch up fully. I have been thinking of all of you though.