Thanks for the best wishes for tomorrow, my chemo is at 11.30am. It is reassuring we all together on this 'chemocoaster' now the time is nearing I am terrified but your support means everything.
I will be drinking gallons of tap water tomorrow & over the weekend!
I also had a problem with my picc line overnight like Runnerbean, hope you are ok now by the way.
After having it put in yesterday I had a 4 hour wait in my local a&e, my arm & fingers swelled I couldnt remove my wedding rings from my finger, after an examination I was sent home, the swelling has reduced today & seen a district nurse today & had numerous calls from the oncolgy nurses, I will be exmained tomorrow before the chemo too.
Love to all xxx
Cassie, I have only been shaving one armpit since my surgery as the guff I read said I shouldn't shave it anymore due to risk of infection in case you get a cut. Not that I've ever cut my armpits shaving but you know there's always a first time and it was bound to happen! Then I stopped shaving my legs and the other armpit because was told shouldn't when on chemo for same reason. I haven't bothered with my eyebrows for ages either as I figured they'd probably fall out. So I look a right hairy state at the moment! I also popped on one of the monthly threads the other day and someone was talking about tamoxifen giving you facial hair, so I'm guessing I could end up looking like a bald hairy monkey with a beard too if my facial hair grows quicker than that on my head!
Hi Runnerbean, sorry to hear you've had a rough time of it. I agree it is important to get things checked out if you're worried or not sure. That's what they get paid for, that's what my bcn nurse said they get paid to take care of our worries. My OH got a bit annoyed with me because I've phoned the oncology nurse about 4 times in the last week all about minor things but you just never know and I'd rather get things sorted quickly than let them escalate. Since I told him that some of you have ended up in hospital he has been a bit more understanding and asked me to phone them today to see if I could catch the flu from him when he has his flu jab Monday!
chaffinch, have you tried the September forum re: CK? When was her 2nd chemo?
Cassie, Claire, I'm a few days behind you and still have all my hair at the moment. Knowing my luck I'll lose it from my head (even though I'm cold capping) and keep it from the neck down, I'll look like a bald hairy monkey!
Yes definitely best wishes to all of you starting tomorrow, hope the chemo treats you as kindly as possible. Just remember that the rest of us will all be thinking of you.
I hope many of us are finding this forum a little safe haven in the storm of chaos and uncertainty that goes with being diagnosed and treated for cancer. I know it has helped me so much by providing hope, some laughs and helps me feel a little less lonely. The success of all that is down to people sharing their experiences, tips and thoughts so thank you girls, you are all fabulous!
I was lucky enough to be offered a meal at the hospital after my chemo (whilst waiting for cold cap to finish) which I ate all of and then had homemade soup in the evening. I didn't really feel that sick in the following days so just reduced the size of my normal meals slightly and munched on a couple of ginger nuts if I felt a bit sick in between. I did find also find if I was late with my evening meal then I started to feel worse. Obviously everyone is different but that's what seemed to work for me.
Just found out that I can have the flu jab as long as I do it towards the end of next week. So have booked it in for next Thursday.
Morning everyone! Still feeling good after yesterday, although woke up at 3:30am and then couldn't get back to sleep!
Hope chaffinch and Sam are feeling better today.
New starters for tomorrow, I agree with Karana make sure you drink plenty of water today, tomorrow and then the day after. I did do that and I think it really helps. I didn't really suffer from any loss/ change in taste but did find water was the only thing I really wanted to drink. Also I would recommend not eating anything you really love during or just after chemo as you may never want to eat it again (I've gone right off ginger, although ginger nut biscuits are still ok Also try to rest up today too.
Morning ladies hope you all had a good night x
Hows your tingling today Chaffinch? Sam are you feeling any better? Meesh hope your still on a bit of a high 😊
Hope tomorrows starters aren't getting too nervous....remember to drink lots before you go and during the day...I definitely didn't drink enough and paid for it so will up my intake of water next time!! I struggled drinking bottled water as it tasted really metallic and eventually realised that tap water tasted fine...weird as I never drink tap water!!!!! Xx
Thanks Jellytot for the evonail, I'll look into that. & Ruth for the other.
I had my brows microbladed earlier this year before I knew anything about my breast cancer, just hope they look ok without hair on! ha ha.
Sam I hope youre feeling better now, sending hugs.
Congrats on your promotion Meesh, thats really great news & gives you somethind postitve to focus on.
I had my picc line put into today, 1.5 hours later it went in, i have such rubbish veins, its really sore at the mo, but glad its finally in. Now its countdown to Friday for my first FEC.
My wig is ready to pick up too but not sure when I'll get there now until I feel better after my first chemo.
Sending positive vibes & love to everyone & especially the ladies having chemo on Friday xx
Well done on the promotion Meesha 😘🍾 it's always good to hear cheery news!!
Hubby made me try wig on today....it wasn't as scary as I thought and he took a picture which he has shown to a few close friends this evening....means I'm one step closer in accepting it into my life!! Xx
Evening everyone! Hope you all had good days.
Sam34, good to hear you are out of hospital, hope you're feeling better soon.
I've had a good day today! I did my yoga and meditation again when I got up this morning, not sure if this is helping but I didn't feel anxious or shakey. I popped into work for 2 hours as I had an interview for a promotion, it was good to see a few people and show my face. They called me this afternoon to let me know that I got my promotion which I was really chuffed about as I was worried they may overlook me. It's also the first bit of good news I think I've had since my diagnosis!
It is difficult isn't it Meesha...I've always lived by having things to look forward to....now it's not that easy!!! I've just booked a lunch date with a friend for next Thursday!!!
poor u Sam....but stay positive and I'm sure they will sort your treatment out...we just have to trust the professionals!!!
Sam34, sorry to hear you ended up the in hospital and that chemo affected your liver. Try not to worry, it may mean that they just need to adjust your treatment. The liver is able to regenerate itself so maybe that's why they're going to check it again before your next treatment?
Karana, I've also been really nervous about planning anything! I'm avoiding booking anything for definite and have been a bit like that since my diagnosis. I have a couple of Xmas do's for work that I've been invited to. I don't want to say no, but don't want to say yes either. I've just told them not to book me in for the meal, but that I may turn up for a drink on the day if I feel up to it. Our friends have also invited us over for dinner this Saturday and I have said a provisional yes to that too, although I think I'm definitely going to feel up to that now.