Thanks for that Buddyfan - on checking I've got half moons on my thumbs and index finger nails only! When I googled(!) - it also mentions a weak thyroid and funnily enough the onc mentioned this when I saw her a couple of weeks ago. She said I was at the prime age for thyroid problems and once herceptin is over I should go to GP to have it tested! Sounds as though that's my next problem to get sorted!
In the meantime, I'm going to eat more brazil nuts and salmon!
I'm feeling much better today - so hopefully the bugs are back at bay!
Enjoyed a good old boogie out tonight with my hubby at local Theatre - it was fun! x
Hi Treehouse and thanks very much for your reassuring reply.
After watching the very interesting video, it all makes sense as to why my immune system is under pressure! Therefore susceptible any bugs going around! I'm going to be more considerate to myself from this point forward!
I am eating healthy (most of the time) but my exercise levels are not so great, 1. because I don't have the energy or 2. the time! I must therefore make the most of the times when I can starting from now (well 5 minutes time) - as today I feel very energised! I'm off to do lots of housework, ironing before going to work, then I aim to take dog out for a brisk walk. Will return to have a small soak in the bath as hubby and I are off out tonight - our teenage boy is off to Scout Camp for the weekend..... brrrrrr!!!!
Thanks again, Treehouse it's those reassuring words I needed to hear.
Love to all and happy Friday xx
Ladies, Is anyone else suffering with their immunity (lack of)? I know I work with children who are full of germs but really.... had a mild cold end January - took a while to shake off but during half term is went completely - back at work for a week - got another which wiped me out last weekend - feel whole lot better again now apart from blinking congestion which takes ages for me to get rid of, as I generally suffer with my sinuses - any tips greatly appreciated. Also, any recommendations for tonic or immunity boosting foods/drinks would be really appreciated.
I was speaking with my chemo buddy today when I went for herceptin - she agreed she's the same - not sure whether it's herceptin which is doing it or the past year of immunity destroying treatment?!
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Treehouse - heart scan showed heart back to 59% so was able to go ahead with herceptin injection number 13 - just 5 more to go now....!
My next injection is booked for 22 March - I asked whether I'd need another echo before and the nurse said no - my next routine echo is 3 April.
In meantime, I've received copy letter from onc to gp - explaining the situation and asking my GP to keep an eye on me now and re-do prescription when drugs run out - so that's reassuring - another pair of eyes looking out for me!
Hope your injection went OK today Andi? x
Hooray! Having not heard to the contrary, I'm off for herceptin injection tomorrow - 13/18, so just 5 more after this one - please continue to behave heart and let me finish this lot off! xx
Great news Mishy - a good reason to do a spot of celebrating - grab it!
What surgery did you have? and did you have any lymph involvement?
Lots of love x
Treehouse, well done with your herceptin injection.
This one, if it goes ahead.....will be my 13th lot of herceptin (9th injection). (5 more to go.......)
The injections as they've built up cause me runny nose, achey legs/joints and fatigue - but these side effects could also be due to the effects they're having on my heart. Again, we're all different, my chemo buddy is 6 weeks ahead of me - so on her 15th lot of herceptin (11th) injection and apart from "slight cold effects and fatigue" she is absolutely fine - and she's older than me!
We had a little more snow early yesterday evening - which then froze - temperatures around -5 this morning, but currently I'm sitting on the sofa surrounded by beautiful sunshine, hubby beside me (his work place is closed due to weather) and the dog behind me - lovely! My school is open so work for me at lunchtime!
PIP form now completed, photocopied and in the post!!! Watch this space....!
Love to all xx
Hi Treehouse - hope the herceptin injection went OK?! Fingers crossed mine will be happening Thursday.....
Work is good but my goodness it tires me - and I only go for 2 hours a day!!!!
Although it was tough to get through the chemo during some of the hottest summer days last year and rads later in the year, at least I didn't have to consider the "not being able to get there" feelings that ladies today will be experiencing.
So today, I'm feeling thankful and hoping all the ladies out there today travelling to appointments do so safely x
Hi Lesley - sory to hear you're having nail issues - I too suffered these same lines but they never caused me a problem until quite some time after chemo finished. I kept my nails covered with dark varnish for about a month after chemo finished and then I still used nail conditioner/varnish until the nails started to become really brittle and weak - it really does help keeping them shorter. Toe nails were all fine and still are. Finger nails 6 months from finishing chemo and they're still quite weak but no longer splitting and ridges/white lines all gone. I just use hand/nail creams now and no nail varnish unless going out out! Good luck with your final chemo tomorrow - a big day! xx