Trish - no blood tests before Herceptin each 3 weeks - thankfully.
You will have to have a blood test a few days before you op (if you haven't yet had it) - to ensure your blood is ok to go ahead with op and also so they can cross-match and get in blood in case of need during operation.
Morning ladies! I'm having a very lazy morning and hoping to get out for a walk this afternoon.
did you know you can buy Naproxen over the counter under the brand name "Feminax"? It's only sold under license for period pain in the UK but it's the same product. I buy it for migraines but you have to say it's for period pain when you buy it or they can't sell it to you! Bizarre!
Treehouse, I have blood test Tuesday, Oncolgy appt Weds and Treatment (all being well) Thursday. Penultimate treatment! X
Wolfee it's probably the cumalitive effect and it's all catching up now, I think you do get sick of,people reminding you and when your feel like that I find nothing can lift me sometimes you just need a good old cry and get it out your system, or punching a pillow can help lol but no energy to do that he he
kala welcome aboard I don't know where I would have been without this forum it has helped me so much as we all understand the high and lows we all go through. That's really great news that you can't feel the tumour.
WolfEE sorry you are having a down day. I think the build up to last chemo is so overwhelming and everyone says its the last one etc but we are still going through it, even when chemo is done, there is surgery and rads. It is never really over, we will never get back to normal, it is a bit like grief, it gets easier day by day but you never really get over it.
Sending hugs to all.
Congratulations Kala and well done on your last chemo. Last lot of side effects now so just keep plodding on and you'll get there soon. X
Treehouse, moaning is expected on here, it's a sounding board and keeps some pressure off your home life when none understands. X
WOlfEE, hope you are soon feeling a bit brighter and don't feel bad for having a bad day. X
Hi everyone 🤗. Hope you are all doing well and nearing the end of doxy tax hell . I unfortunately didn't have a bell to ring at the end of chemo so everyone clapped instead . Chemo on Wednesday so side effects set to kick in tomorrow. I can't believe how amazing and strong you have all been and how supportive you have all been to each other. I sit on the side line reading every message every day but never being able to have enough courage or strength to say some things without falling to pieces and then feeling bad that I have whinged too much. Today I want to say that I know what's coming , I know the bone pain the sickness the heart palpitations etc etc etc, the list goes on n on n on but that last chemo , when you know you have finished for now hopefully , you think you can cope and I think I can just about cope .
If I hadn't gained all the information from you guys on here on an every day scale I would have been on the phone to the oncologist every blooming day , I swear. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤️ for all the normal every day issues that most of us are experiencing and willing to share with others to gain information only we can recognise.
I don't know where to go from here. I'm expecting genetic results in a week I hope to see if it's mastectomy or bialateral mastectomy but I'm hoping my MRI scan shows reduction in tumour, can't feel it now 😍.
So here's to plenty of water n ice cubes, boring see through chicken soup , stomach lining shot to pieces 😟And tasty Horlicks xxx
Thank goodness for friends and families and most of all you wonderful wonderful brave ladies xxxxxx
Thanks for the heads up Jay, I'll get an eye test as soon as possible after chemo. It's a never ending story isn't it!?...........
A word of advice, I've just heard from the friend I made whilst on chemo - she's now 3 weeks post op
Whilst on chemo she suffered with blurred vision and watery eyes but more recently she had also noticed a grey dot in the front of her right eye vision which affected her sight, she went to the optician who told her the chemo has caused a premature cataract which is a rare side effect and has referred her to have an eye operation for a replacement lens.
So ladies - be aware - any significant changes to your eyesight - get it checked out!
Trish - congratulations and well done on your final chemo - hope the side effects are not too bad for you this time but at least you know no more once they're done!
I wonder why they saying your herceptin will be intravenously given rather than injection. Mine is every 3 weeks by injection - my first one being next Thursday.
I head them saying in the chemo unit that it can be administered intravenously if you have any problems with the injections, ie rashes, aches. The injection takes 5/6 minutes - the iv half hour - seeing as they've removed your PICC line, I trust this is just a mix up! Although I don't know how long you can have a PICC fitted?
Of course you can ring your bell the chemo is over - Herceptin is the targetted therapy part.
Have a good weekend. x
Congratulations Treehouse on finally getting to ring the bell 🔔 and a little post chemo boogie! 💃🏻 Just SEs for the last time now. Glad you are all cosified in the caravan PJs. X
Well done Trisha, today sounded pretty awful for you but I think you still deserve to ring the bell 🔔 if it's just the herceptin as that's potentially ongoing maintenance. Hope you get through your last chemo SEs OK and the sickness and diarrhoea is under control. X
Katie, the course sounds good and like you say, nice to mix with others in the same position. I'll pop in the McMillan centre next week and get myself on the waiting list. X
Ive been decorating the last two days (why oh why do I do this to myself!?). All finished and ready for a restful weekend. 🛌
Trisha what a bloody nightmare sending big hugs xx
Yes well done treehouse, that must feel amazing to not have to have that again
Katie will be interested to see how the rest of the moving on course goes as I am interested in booking on that one myself
Keep going Treehouse and Trisha - will all be over quick enough - and just think..... last one!!!
Hope you've both remembered your lunchtime steriods.......!
My Moving forward course isn't until Nov so will interesting to hear what goes on.
I got a cancellation for my op, 48 hrs notice, finished work Weds had op Fri same week,no time to get nervous!