Well done Kateday... 💪🏼✂️🎉 I bet your hair feels so much better... I actually love mine (I had a no.2) -I even said I might keep it quite short when it grows back...probably a bit longer than a no.2 tho! 😂✂️
💜Fiona, I have an appointment with the genetics clinic but mine isn't until December...I could have gone sooner but the appointment clashed with my oncologist appt so I rearranged it!
Hope you and Erica were okay at work!
Hope all you October ladies are doing well...
Keep smiling and stay strong! 💪🏼
I finally feel a bit more 'normal' at last Lou45 thanks... Just in time for chemo no.3 on Friday!!!!
Youll be fine tomorrow... Just think how easy your treatment and blood tests will be! 💪🏼💗
Hi Lou, glad you're feeling a bit better... And you're allowed to ramble! 💗
Yes, I have a picc line too... I had a local anaesthetic when the nurse put it in so you don't feel anything...
My daughter was in the room whilst I had it done and she said 'It was pretty cool how she did it!!' Made me chuckle!
You have an ultra sound on your arm first to check your veins...but it was quite straightf orward -I'm very squeamish so I was panicking a bit but there was nothing to worry about!
There isn't anything you can't do except swimming I suppose... You're encouraged to use the arm as normal so it keeps the blood flowing... And it's so much easier than needles!
The district nurse comes to flush it out once a week and change the dressing
Good luck....you'll be fine I'm sure x 🤕
morning lovely ladies,
i not been on here for a couple weeks to be honest its been a bit of a rollercoaster ive had so many emotions flowing, just wanted to give up and do a runner, but i okay now had a couple of issues ive had a pain in my arm for a few days rang hostpital they said it normal its where the chemo has gone through my arm, a bit of a swollen gum, and been very tierd ,
anyway enough of my rambling i have seen a few of you have braved the shave , well done ,when i did mine few weeks ago it felt so good i actualy feel quite liberated and i am so used to it now, i did have a wig but to be honest i not sure about it and when i do put it on i just dont see me so i just opt for a hat,
hope you are all doing okay and feeling fine ,
i have got my picc line fitting tomorrow and i a bit nervous to be honest, anyone who has one can you give me any advise especially on do's and dont's when i have it in, i keep thinking i cant do much incase it comes out,
anyhow have a good day all,
My allotment was fine thanks Fiona.. not much left in it now! We only got it in Jan and it hadn't been worked for years so we're just about on top of it!!
Mrs fingers...yes, good exercise... Although, I didn't do much today except dig about 12 shovels of earth in a new bed I want!! Lol! Then I sat down and ate a banana!!! 😂😂
Badboob... Well done!! 🎉🍾🍹
Doesn't it feel better! I couldn't believe how pleased I was to have no hair!! 😂
Yr hubby was very sweet.... 💙💗
Take care everyone x
Had my first dose of demestos on 16th October, hair started to go on day 14, my second chemo was last Tuesday. On a three week cycle of 7. So five more to go.
The deed is done! ⚡️🚀🍾👏👏
I cant believe how much better I feel. My lovely hairdresser gave me a number 3. And sorted out my woeful NHS wig that it now looks more Liza Minnelli in Cabaret and less Ked Dodd with his tickling stick! I even wore it around town to test it out! Nobody batted a eyelid.
He he was also complimentary about my other wig which I got from the specialist shop and he gave that a little tidy up as well.
DH was pleasantly surprised when I got home and said he would still ask me out on a date! Sweet isn’t he!
So so the drinks are on me!
Right, those of us going for the shave today should have a little party to cheer ourselves up. I would have a glass of red, but with my taste buds it just tastes like vinegar! So I will raise a cup of tea to US and our hairless state. Wiggy wig is beckoning...........
Good luck everyone however and when you decide to do the deed.👴👶👳♂️✂️✂️✂️
Who mentioned my back passage! OMG Elliesmum it’s been a nightmare but thank you for asking. Still going about three times a day and sooooooo sore! I even had a cry about it the other night. I start my antibiotics tomorrow and I am just hoping that that might help. It is interesting how common piles are, so many of us suffer but on top of the chemo and my frigging hair it’s just the pits.
On a different subject I have been prescribed 10days of injection, just shows the different policies of Trusts/oncologist. To be frank I haven’t had a problem with the injections or any SEs. A nice spare tyre to grab hold of, and when DH had his hip replacement last year I had a months worth of practice on him! He seems somewhat reluctant to return the favor😂😂😂.
Anyway, must get the hoover out AGAIN, thank goodness the Ken Dood look is going to be replaced with a skin head today.
Aneeebel that's so funny 😄. I have one injection for 5 days from day 5 each cycle (well, presumably, as I'm still on C1). I think it depends on how much fat you grab hold of to start with as to whether you feel it, but as I've got a fair bit that's not too much of a problem 😉. One day I didn't click the plunger thingy down enough so pulling the needle out wasn't the best thing I did that day 🤔 However, by day 5 I'd actually learnt how to hold the fat, the needle and the plunger (yes, I do appear to have only 2 hands when really I could do with 3) and do it successfully with my eyes closed 🙃 (Only kidding, I had one eye almost open) Oh, it's all good fun, isn't it?
As for side effects from the injection, I had sore knees for a couple of days but not sure if that was the injection or the walking uphill I'd done the day before!
Im going to attempt a short run this morning. Mad or what? I've missed running this year, not that I'm an avid runner, more a sometimes willing jogger really 🏃 But I can feel the weight going on already from sitting around too much so need to do something while the energy levels are good. I've not done much this year because I've felt so tired, which was perhaps a sign that something was wrong, I just didn't know how wrong 😟 But positive mental attitude is the key to working through this so running gear on and off I go. Well, in a bit 😜 I don't want to rush out there just yet 😜
And ive decided to brave the shave,as I'm already fed up of losing so much hair each time I touch my head. I only have to think about it and I see loads of hair on my jumper or the floor. So the sooner I face it the quicker I can deal with it. Tonight is the night 💇🏻 💪💪
October ladies, hope you all had a good and safe weekend, and enjoy your Monday. Don't forget we're all one day closer to the final day of treatment 🍾🎉🎉 (I'm still counting my days down 😃)
Mrs fingers... I must have lots of fat too because I can't feel much either!!
I have to have 2 injections once a day for 5 days... I must be too fat for one!!! 😂🐷
The first time I did the injections I didn't realise the needle sprung back into the plastic case....I thought the flipping thing had stuck inside one of my stomachs!! 😂😂
Hope you're feeling better Kateday x 💐
Hi Kateday, just popping in to offer support. The injections are called Filigrastan , and they do kick start your bone marrow, and can be unpleasant. District nurses came in to do mine and this is the routine I was given:
* get the injection out to warm up, otherwise it stings
* have a light breakfast before the injection, and rest
*have lunch after
* then walk if possible - which I did every day until the final chemo, which floored me.
I managed the injections fine following this advice, but as the SE of chemo are cumulative these did become worse, so I was jolly glad of the injections.
And of course you have them in alternating sides of your tum!
It is doable, and we are here to prove it. The very best of luck. X
Hello to all you lovely October ladies...
Sar_ah, hopefully you'll start feeling a bit better soon! I know what you mean about feeling emotional...I was exactly the same for some reason! I just wanted to cry too....
My hair started falling out about day 17 of C1... Made it to day 13 of C2 and finally gave in and went to the hairdressers and had a No.2!! I can't believe how pleased I was...I even msgd my two daughters saying I can't believe how pleased I am to have no hair!! Haha! 🤔✂️ What's left is obviously coming out but so much easier!
How strange that you're having the bladder problems too!!
💜Fiona... Yes, my scalp was very tender in places but it seems to have worn off in some areas now! Do you think you're going to wait until after your parents have been before you go to the hairdressers? ✂️💕 x
Mrs fingers....hope your cold clears up and you start to feel better soon x
I've actually been so chuffed about my hair I even went to Sainsbury's without my little hat on...got a few funny looks but Hey Ho....I'm really not bothered! Considering how upset I was last week about my hair I'm remarkably proud of myself!!!!! 💪🏼😇
Have a lovely day everyone... Stay strong!!
Been interested in how everyone is getting on with all this rubbish. A little break always sounds like heaven but a distant dream for me.
So a quick update, 2nd chemo last Tuesday took 6 hours as I had my first Zometa infusion. Felt pretty rubbish for a couple of days but now on the way up! My main problem has been my bowels. In trying to solve my constipation my oncologist caused the opposite problem, probably not helped by the chemo and I was wake all night on Thursday with what I can only describe as extreme nappy rash! Nothing soothed it and in desperation I rang my GP who gave me an emergency appointment. To cut a long story short, I think my GP was a little shocked by what the oncologist had given me and told me to stop everything and let my system settle, he also prescribed some suppositories 😲 and cream. It’s still burning like mad but at least I got some sleep last night.
Fiona, I am a little ahead of you in the hair loss race. On day 14 I noticed my hair starting to drop. Now on day 25 it’s getting thinner and thinner, and to be frank is driving me mad! It’s everywhere. So I rang my hairdresser and he is going to sort it out on Monday as I can’t go on like this much more. I even went out in a hat yesterday, as I still can’t face wiggy wig!
Anyway, as I am feeling more human today I might get out in the garden later and do something useful.
Hug to all.