Thanks Mai for publicising sepsis - sadly my Mum passed away (age just 62) due to sepsis 5 years ago.
Thankfully, since that time there has been much more awareness of the condition bought to our attention. As you can no doubt imagine, when I was told about chemo and the likely conditions which can affect - sepsis being one - I became paranoid. Thankfully, I was ok throughout chemo and never had to have a hospital stay, to say I am grateful if an understatement.
Oh treehouse, is there no end to the things this stuff can throw at us? Haven't heard of this as a possible late SE, but frankly it wouldn't surprise me. Have you been using "sensitive" toothpaste and toothbrushes?
Hip hip hooray for Katie! I'm not surprised you're feeling emotional, but hopefully in a good way this time. Ding-a-ling ling!
I guess we need them both -- friends and deodorant! Glad to hear you sounding so cheerful, Shi. I'm guessing you're still enjoying being out of hospital!
Deodorant: after my axillary clearance 15 yrs ago, I avoided using any deo for some weeks until everything had settled down, it didn't seem necessary anyway, I don't know if something happens to the sweat glands? When I did start using it again, I opted for a solid stick-type deo (Dove or similar) rather than a spray or roll-on liquid, because it's alcohol-free and kinder to your skin. I found that the hair growth under the arms remained much less on that side, so you don't have to shave so often! Long term, it's all about preventing cuts and avoiding harsh chemicals or anything that might inflame the skin (lymphoedema risk).
Another positive thing to come out of chemo: the warm glow from lots of lovely friends, including all you lot, as well as old and not-so-old friends from the real world!
Morning ladies, hope everyone is doing well. I'm working again and about to take a lunch break. For anyone curious about sepsis I found this useful article: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sepsis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20169787
Daffodl congratulations on the house move, what a big achievement whilst going through this but something big and postivie to focus on.
Treehouse I am doing great still feel high from finishing chemo,hoping it makes the last lot of SE effect easier to cope with which mine usually kick in tomorrow. I am booked in for pre op appointment on 1st November and will find out then weather lumpectomoy or mastectomy, hoping its going to be lumpecomy, I am then booked in for surgery on 14th November so I am catching all you ladies up now chemo done.
Rosie great news about lymph node clearance.
Just been on the phone with the bcn - discussing cording. I'm 4 weeks post-op - and apparently it's a very common symptom. It is not causing me any problem with movement or discomfort. When I do my climbing the walls exercise (i do get further up there each day) but it pains me to hold the position for too long - when I look in the mirror with my arm outstretched above my head I can identify a cord which runs from my armpit for about 3 inches towards my elbow. She thinks it could well be cording. However, they don't do anything until you're 6 weeks post surgery.
She is sending me an appointment to see surgeon for that time - if it goes I can cancel the appointment but if it's still there she says my surgeon quite often manipulates them and they disappear - failing that I will be referred to physio for further stretching exercises.
So ladies, although I have religiously done my exercises it shows it really is important to do them regularly as this can easily happen and no exercising could make it a lot worse.
and ..... stretch, stretch and stretch............!!! x
Good luck today Katie , last one after 8 months of treatment, how exciting to be finally there.
curlyh - glad you had a nice break, I'm sure those 14 will go really quickly
Jay - I know I'm a bit behind you but I haven't used deodorant yet. I meant to ask yesterday if I could. She said I could get it wet now so had a lovely proper shower last night. Bliss
Off to work today, not to do any work but just to see everyone.
Just the train journey these days seems like a big undertaking!!
Well done Treehouse on your 2 new Brad Pitts (although that rhymes much better with "tits" and I shouldn't imagine you brought 2 of those from M&S!!!!).
Well done too on no tears - strength and determination win the day! x
Good luck today Katie - hope your final rad session goes well - it won't be long before you're over the finish line and active treatment done and dusted - fantastic! x
Have been catching up with all posts, as my lovely family took me away for a few days before rads started...didn’t go far but it was so nice to feel a bit more normal...
Started rads yesterday so another 14 to go...MJK and Katie you have done so well...
Op ladies you are coping well take it easy look after yourselves.
Treehouse the rolllercoaster is so true...
Have a good day all x
Hello ladies Hope you are all having a good night. Made the big move yesterday and now in our new house. All was going well with my recovery after the drain removal on Sunday, but now I seem to have developed a seroma and my right chest wall has swollen somewhat. I left message for my bcn and also have my follow up on Friday so hopefully they can sort it then. I hope to get path results then too. Have a good night.