Riversidedawn, good luck with the job hunting! I went back to work for the first time in almost four months last week and it was all good.Only went in for a few hours a day mind you. Semi retired in November last year and got the BC diagnosis two months later so never had a chance to get into a routine with work/ more free time on my hands. I plan to change that after rads are finished in one and a half week.
Pinkbaglady, your Guernsey lunch sounded amazing, what a great idea! Enjoy France! xx
Yes, it's great to be getting back to normality again. It was a rather exhausting day but such fun too! I've never ridden a horse! Good luck with finding a new job. I'm glad I don't have to cope with that.
Hope everyone is doing well.
Hope the holiday was good riversidedawn. 5 sleeps till I go to stay with my friend in France now!
I had a 'little' day out yesterday. I treated a friend who has been a huge support to me ever since my diagnosis last November. We left my house at 5am yesterday morning and arrived back at 12.30am this morning! We had a very nice lunch in Guernsey!! Such fun! Little bit tired today!!
Have a good weekend everyone.
Tussle, it was amazing. There is a great atmosphere. I have started to get a bit tired, and was surprised when I stripped off tonight for number 10 to find my boob was a bit pink. It wasn't this morning. Slapping on the cream
Maria, been to Cambridge Folk Festival a few times but it was about 20 years ago!! OH still goes most years but gave it a miss this year because of my BC treatments. Lovely atmosphere there what I can remember, glad you had a nice time.
Started week three of my radiotherapy today, no problems so far. Had a busy weekend and I think it catches up with you as I just crashed out for two hours this afternoon! Still after effects of chemo I think.
Hope you all are doing ok xx
I've had a lovely 3 days off to visit Cambridge Golk Festival. They kindly organised an early one on Thursday then a late one Monday after I've driven back.
I am am a bit tired but it might be down to stress on an unrelated matter. However, I have developed an allergic rash on both arms. Yes ARMS!!!!
started as a little patch on each inner forearm (where I spray perfume?) now spread to all arm areas and antihistamines and hydrocortisone cream having zero impact. Any tips anyone?
Off to sit in the sun, covered in a lot of clothes and listen to tunes. Joan Armatrading later. Excited!
I am lost on this site and leaving posts all over the place.. probably in the wrong section!
Anyway I am at Preston hospital for 15 rads. Had six already and happy to have 2 days off! It is painless but as someone said, very sci-fi and takes a lot of getting used to before you can relax. I have had no problems up to now. I am tired but I was before I started! lol
Preston ahve been great with free parking permits, drinks etc. I have had no delays although I know someone has. They give you a gown to use for the duration also. I can't believe how damn busy the place is... 8 macchines 50+ people a day on each one. I'ts an eye opener isn't it.
Wishing you all well
Love Lorna x
Feeling better today and more positive - it's August and the end of treatment is getting nearer Have a lunchtime appointment today which is a bit of a pain - kind of messes the day up! I will be glad when I don't have Saturday appointments - for some reason I miss Wednesday's and go Saturdays - which means I don't get a two day break The sun is shining today as well - maybe summer has returned! Hope to do a bit of cycling this weekend. Have a great weekend everyone! X
Oh well done Shanie. I'm hoping to hold something in October with the choir I belong to. How many sleeps now pinkbaglady won't be long now it'll be here before you know it. Xx
i had my rads in June and had the breath holding malarky! This should be done during your planning as they measure you breathing normally and then when you hold your breath. Apparently its to give our hearts more protection due to where there zapping.
During treatment I had to wear glasses with a screen showing your breathing pattern moving up and down. When the time time came to hold my breath I had to get a line into a box at the top of screen and hold it there until told to relax. All went smoothly and during this time you are zapped. if you release your breath or cant 'breath into the box' the zapping stops/wont start. Lasts a max of 30/40 secs.
If you have boosters at the end you dont do the breathing tech.
Hope this makes sense
Hi ladies, I've just had no 8 of 15, right side so no breath holding. Interestingg reading how hospitals differ! I'm at Preston who give you a gown to take home & bring in each day & it gets thrown away at the end. They give you a free car park pass for the duration & free drinks from the lovely WRVS-run coffee bar. Worst thing for me has been the waiting time, which averages about 45mins-1hour and the travelling, so makes it a long time for a short zapping. However, each visit is one step nearer finishing! They don't mind about deodorant - one of the radiographers said that they'd done research and found that it made no difference. Just very slightly pink around my scar and slightly itchy tonight, but slapping on aqueous cream & aloe vera like it's going out of fashion! I actually found the most difficult thing when I started was the mental effects, probably with everything starting up again after a break. I feel ok this week now I've got used to it. Hope all you lovely ladies are coping ok with the treatment and side effects and good luck to those of you about to start.
Hi July ladies
I'm starting 6th August, left side rads, any advice re this breathing malarky? No one has mentioned it to me yet!
After a really restless night have decided to give in and get up. There's only so many games you can play before you get fed up. Looking out the bedroom window it looks quite cloudy and overcast here, hope it's gonna be a nice day. Good luck to all you lovely ladies having rads today. Looking forward to next Wednesday when I join you. XX
Hi All, hope you are all OK.
Riversidedawn great news that you've finished rads all the best. All the best for tomorrow Sharnie, sounds as if you did to much on your bike-ride. Take care.
Maria B when my daughter-in-law was back and fro the hospital for her treatment she was given a parking permit so she didn't have to pay. Mind I suppose it's a lot to do with what part of the country you live in, but it'd be worth enquiring about. Have had a sort of half and half day one minute feeling really good and the other can cry at the drop of a hat. x
Sharnie, Tussie, well done for getting your first out of the way, it goes so quickly you won't believe it! I finished today, 15 sessions, very sci fi Sharnie - I had to wear snorkel type thing, nose clip and goggles to monitor my breathing and hold my breath whilst zapping to protect the heart..... all very odd, but at least I have learnt a new skill as I was never able to snorkle before because I couldn't breath through my mouth!
Welcome Takeadeepbreath - does that mean you're doing the breath hold too? As everyone says, it's a doddle after masectomy, recon and chemotherapy, I'm very very tired and have been on sleeping tablets and anti-depressants since March. Still not sleeping very well but anti-depressants seem to be taking effect.
Apparently the affects of rads continues for 2 weeks so my pinkness and freckly mottled neck will continue to get more and more like sunburn... lovely for my hols in Cornwall this weekend! My hospital use E45 cream some others recommend aqueous cream, Pittrock deodorant crystal as you can't use normal stuff with aluminium in it and no shaving your arm pit - so attractive!!!!!
Keep going girls x
I'm starting rads on July 27th so wondering what it will be like. I've got 3 weeks and have stocked up on cream as I hear skin problems can be bad, especially afterwards.