Hey Lynda...hows your scalp now?
I shaved my head last week and had sore spots/blisters on the back,so couldnt shave it properley as too sore..going to try some tea tree oil or something to soothe it.xxx
sorry havent been on to say hi to everyone for a few days....was feeling pretty rubbish after 2nd chemo and a bit unsociable...my sickness was just dragging on,then I got an infection in my veins(where canula was placed) so had to go to docs for anti biotics as didnt want to get poorly....sickness much better now thank goodness and arm still sore,but not swollen or red,so thats good
Becky lovely,please dont worry about the masectomy..yes it will be difficult to get used to having one breast,but you do adjust and will be able to have reconstruction later on...I was dreading the op,but wasnt as bad as I was thinking and was out the next day.hugs xxx
I feel ok. I came home after an extra night, I knew my family would suck me into kid stuff and I liied having the nurses bring me pain killers and water on schedule. I had a drain in which stayed for just over a week, it wasnt painful, I think from everything ive read here a lumpectomy can be more painful asvit shifts the furniture rather than removing it. I was told to start my stretches on the 4th day and not to be wimpy about it, the surgeon insisted it was vital to stretch the scar tissue as it formed or the range of movement would be lost.
I was up and about, didnt drive for 3 weeks (designated driver new years eve)I did take it super eady. Tye arm was sore, the lymph nodes get stirred up more than your chest.
My advice is do your stretches and don't rush into things. They send us home fast but its still major surgery and we need to be patient wi ourselves. Anaesthetic takes ages to come right from, I didnt really drive again for another 3 weeks. since my portacath surgery on my right side a friend turned up with a sheep skin seatbelt cover. Wonderful.
I reckon if you go in resonably fit you come out much the same. You will do fine. It really really isnt as bad as you expect.
I went yo physio yesterday for my portacath shoulder and they said my mastectomy arm was really good. Tye stretches work. I get the occassional twinge from that side but really its ok. The thought of reconstruction surgery is a far more horrible thought than living without a breast. Im a swimmer, but it will be ok.
I really am amazed at how ok this process has been. Xxx you will be ok too. Hugs
I had a single mastectomy at christmas.., was distraught the day before, was worried Id feel like frankenstien,however it hasnt been llike that at all.
I have a fabric softee I wear out and the children have been known to remind me I forgot my boob..lol..., its not a pretty scar, my surgeon left room for reconstruction. He also said not to do that until I was through chemo and radiation. So for me its 18 months away anyhow. The other thing he said was some women decide they've had enough and dont reconstruct. I must admit after my intial dismay pre surgery it doesnt feel wierd, and I can understand not re building.
Much love xx
Sore head, my hat lady said use bonjela, the mouth gel... I havent tried it, but I bought some.
I found my head stubbly so my friend massaged it with olive oil and brown sugar, helped lift the loose hair out.
I sleep with a scarf on my pillow, as the thermostat is broken on my head...and when it gets sweaty I wrsp tye scarf around it. The soft scarf also is an extra layer against any remaining bristles.
I had to laugh today, came out of the supermarket clutching bread rolls, pickles and crystallised ginger.
Its just like my first pregnancy, ate half the jar when I got home!
Been a long week post second chemo, taken all of it to get my energy back.
I plucked up the courage and shaved my head to just a little bit but my scalp is so tender. When any of you have shaved your head did take it all off? any suggestions for a sore head
Love Lynda x
Hiya Annie...glad it went okay today
Im slowly putting on weight too,think its just the grazing all day that does it and I guess lack of energy,so not wanting to do much.I try to get out for walks the first week when im feeling pretty rubbish and do more the last 2 weeks,but then the appetite goes up!
Have a good evening,
Hope you dont mind me asking,when you said you have a sheet,not a lump,what is that?
I dont get the sore skin when touched,but do get pain all the way up the inside of my arm(where the canula has been) and it feels like ive pulled a muscle quite bad..anyone else get that?
Im wanting to eat everything in site,but just the smell of something can make me feel quite sick...so frustrating!
Hope you have a good evening lovely
How are you?
My hair started falling out about the same time,but alot more just before my 2nd chemo(day 18-20),then I got my sister to shave it off,as was driving me crazy and hair everywhere.Everyone is different,but thats about average I think.It is a very emotional time when you do lose all your hair,but you soon get used to it and Ive had such positive feedback from my family and friends,that theyve made me feel alot better about it...you can have fun with lots of different head gear or just leave it uncovered(well when its warm enough)...just got to keep it moisturised,as does get pretty dry on the scalp.
Take care,hugs Rachelxx
Yes same here lovely...one minute so hungry for carbs...then fresh stuff...then just nauseous and then think that your hungry so still try to eat something..crazy!So rubbish and especially when its something you just love normally.Do you still have a sicky feeling after day 5/6? as didnt so much last time,but this time Im feeling it more,but not actually being sick.
Hope youve had a good day
Big hugs to all of you who are suffering following your recent chemo and hope you start feeling a little better soon. I am day Day 12 following first chemo and my scalp is so tender and hair started shredding today. Does anyone know how long it takes to completely fall out? I am planning on getting my daughter to shave it off Friday if it hasnt gone by then and if I can cope until then! I picked up my wig today and really like it so I am hoping this will help with the emotional side of seeing my hair come out!
Hope you all have a good evening (no sickness)
Love Lynda xx
Glad you felt comfy with the bra yesterday...may it continue for you everyday
Definately the sickness the worst isnt it...I forgot to take my tablets before my 2nd chemo,but the lovely nurse gave me some with my treatment,so was okay for rest of the day.Have had nausea though still today,and just want to eat,but when I do, my stomach doesnt like it...so hoping by the end of the week,that would have worn off.
You have your 2nd in a few days dont you?
Hugs Rachel xx
I reckon tinned would be ok, juice not syrup, pineapple is great xxx
Im enjoying coconut water too and homemade ginger cordial. Tricky stuff though, , cos youre hungry but what works is super tricky
You too Simone...does make such a difference knowing you ladies are here
sorry you had that awful vomiting last night,how are you feeling now?
Vitamin E body and face wash sounds good,may try some of that
You will be fine tommorow...Ive found my second one better for some reason...its good to write a diary of your symptoms each day after the treatment,then you can look back and compare each time.I got the same sickness,but the Oncologist nurse gave me extra tablets this time,so wasnt too bad.
I find fresh pineapple the best,just buy the ready made packs in the supermarket and either freeze them (nice to suck on) or just eat them out of the fridge.Tinned prob okay,havent tried them.
Get a good nights sleep lovely and let us know how it goes.
hugs Rachel xxx
Good to hear from you....my hair nearly all gone too...I washed mine a few days before my 2nd chemo and it just went all matted(couldnt untangle it) so cut it off,then got my sister to shave it..had a cute little mohichan for a couple of days, but thats nearly all gone now,so just need to razor it all smooth I guess.Isnt it weird that you dont know what shaped head you got, until all the hair isnt there!
I have some Metroclop too,so maybe should take that when Im feeling sick,as ive still got it 5 days after chemo and its not a nice feeling,Im not actually sick,just underlying in my belly.
Glad you are feeling positive though,its the only way through this,even when you feeling like you cant cope wtih it,you got to stay strong
Love rachel xxx
Hello again ladies just a bit of lighthearted humour i felt a bit better at the weekend so decided to clean the car out i had my wig on as it keeps my head warm as well as covering my mad professor look my hoover had a mind of its own and as i put the nozzle down to do something it flicked up and hey presto my wig was nearly lost forever down the hose thank god my head was in the car!!!!!! hope this has cheered you ladies up a bit Love Judi xxxxxxxxxxx
Hi ladies just a quick question has anyone heard of pimple like spots not on face but on stomach and chest not itchy looks a bit like acne not that ive ever had it something rings a bell somewhere it is yet another side effect im on tax and heceptin love Judi xxxxxxxxx
Hi ladies, just popping in, crawled out of the 3 day hole post chemo.
On the hair thingy, we shaved mine and then found it wasnt heavy enough to fall out, like sleeping on 2 day growth! Lol.
My dear friend came over and massaged my scalp with brown sugar and olive oil...a variation on a hand scrub I use post gardening. Lifted out heaps of hair, then steaming myself in the shower (till I got woozy) lifted out heaps more. Feeling fuzzy, still got a bit of a monks line though.
Don't know about you ladies but the AC chemo makes me sweat like mad for the first 3 nights. clammy head is hideous. I've been sleeping with a scarf on my pillow to wrap my head once I get chilly at 2am.
Only 3 days of meds on my list, but the metroclop allowed as you feel nauseated.
Number 2 has really flattened me. But still chugging. But I ended up in hospital the week before because of an old broken tooth i n6rver knew about, that took low immune week as an opportunity to smash my sinuses, so thinking that put me lower to start with.
Funny how suddenly the hair, scarf, hat thing really brings it visually home that we really are being treated for cancer.
Feeling a bit odd and sad, but also realising im halfway through the first set of chemo drugs and this is positive.
Sending love strong ladies, taking heart reading along today. Xxxxx hugs from the antipodes