Hello there. It takes about an hour from start to finish - they put a line in, flush through saline for 15mins or so, then 15mins of the bisphosphonate going in, then another saline flush. It is painless and I was given plenty of tea and biscuits as I sat there.
Side effects - the first was definitely the worst. I was told that I would feel like like was going down with the flu for the first couple of days afterwards and indeed I did. But that cleared after 48hrs and I felt fine. My second infusion was a lot better - I felt far less rough - which they say is because the body has been through the treatment before. I also managed my schedule a lot differently second time around in anticipation of feeling rough for a couple of days - I.e. took two days off work, nothing planned in the diary, generally took it very easy. I don’t know if that helped or not, but second time around was far less tricky in terms of side effects.
I will be having these infusions 6-monthly for 3 years, so my next one is in January.
Hope that helps / reassures?
P.S. Hello to all the other lovely ladies on this post. xx
Oh you are gorgeously bonkers and bring a sunny smile every time you post xxxx
Hello lovely ladies - just a quick note to say hello and to wish you all a happy weekend.
I was just saying to Colin it is about 10 degrees lower than it was two days ago here. We have had thunder and some rain but it only lasted for a short time, still not enough to warrant me not watering tonight 😞
That sounds like you are going to have a fab weekend my friend.
I can imagine it did shake you, I would be the same, Lets hope she does come on here and we can support her in same small way
It’s great isn’t it? I’m off to see it for the second time tomorrow.
So I had my second 6-monthly bisphosphonate infusion on Thursday. Was slightly dreading it as I felt awful after the first one in January but actually, it was ok. The staff said that the first one tends to be the worst in terms of side effects; thereafter your body is more used to it.
Hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the hot weather.
Lovely ladies - just a quick Monday morning hello. Haven’t posted in a wee while (manic work schedule) but I always follow this thread.
Sending hugs to all.
Dont worry I will be. I have my mum coming over in two weeks, she is staying with my brother, and we are going to spend a lot of mum and daughter quality time together. I am also going out with some friends in the evening over the coming weeks so looking forward to that as well.
Yep it has been interesting bowling on some days. We played last Sunday at 10.30am thinking it would be so much cooler, wrong!! by the time we finished 3 hours later the sun was relentless. We all got excited on Tuesday evening as it went very cloudy and they were black clouds. None of us were going to get our waterproofs if it did, unfortunately they blew over without dropping anything. The other side of this weather is that the greens!! are very dry so are like grease lightening, its like playing on an indoor carpet and trying to keep your bowls on the green is a struggle.
Good to hear that mate, make sur eyou do, it will be hard on you for a while. Also a tip keep up your water intake levels, I still do even two years later and I know on days when I havent as I get home and fall asleep.
Got my op date now for 18 September so I will be on an enforced 6 week "holiday". Starting to get everything ready for then, I am afraid I am a planner and need to make sure everything is sorted so that I dont mither about it.
We have the breeze here but it is very very humid, currently sitting in the lounge with the patio doors and front door wide open to try and create a through draught
That is great news. I must admit I have not had an annual blood test for calcium either, I take a VitD/calcium tablet twice a day. Mind you I have had enough blood tests in the last few months to last me a lifetime I think, and I am having another set at the end of August prior to my hysterectomy in September so I am sure it would have shown up if there was a problem.
I am assuming you are going back on a phased return to work, so make sure that you stick to it mate as you will need it xxx
Mushy/Alibobs - my job has been at risk for last 18 months and really get what you mean - like you I reckon stress probably plays a huge part. I find out this week what will happen to me and hoping redundancy payout allows me some time out to get fitter and balance out a bit after what can be best described as a roller coaster of a year. It’s such an unnerving time knowing your job is at risk and such changes hang over you from the minute management communicate it’s happening until you find out what it means to you personally
Im having a blood test early Sept and Onco said it was to test for cancer related proteins - watch this space as will get results mid Sept - gulp!
Hello lovely ladies. Phew, it is hard doing working in this heat. So I went to see the new Mamma Mia movie yesterday and had a great time - thoroughly recommended if you liked the first one. But have a tissue on hand - it gets a bit teary towards the end.
Hi Alibob, Bootleg Beatles sound fab My blue bit is still there after 6.5 months - looks like a bruise, think you may be going for a world record though 😂. @ Shi, I’m great thanks - spent the day at Nottingham’s finest festival Spendour. Some great acts including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Bjorn Again, Marc Almond and Paloma Faith - loving that we are having proper summer, could do with a Club Tropicana pool in the garden though to cool off 🌊🏖
Hope everyone else is well and enjoying the Summer ☀️☀️☀️
So I spent yesterday afternoon sat on centre court at Wimbledon. Fabulous.
Please please please may life be on the up. The shadow of cancer always looms doesn’t it.
Lovely to hear from you, sounds like a very busy has been had by you xxx
Alibobs (and everyone else) - my date was lovely. So was the second one. And we have a third this coming week. Daring to believe that life might be on an upward trajectory at last.
Been off the radar for a bit as returned to work in May 30th wedding anniversary and holiday in June and just had 3 month oncologist appointment 😌
Mishy don't return to work if you can manage without . I was expecting the new team to be in place when I returned but instead 2 had resigned and so has my line manager so a very unstable unhappy place . So I just go in do my 50% hours do as little as possible and wait to see what hair brained scheme the new boss comes up with😞
I even find that hard and I admit I probably returned too soon but as I'm the only earner half pay wasn't an option but as I'm getting new side effects which oncologist things are caused by the Tamoxifen I will stay on reduced hours for another 3 months
On a happy note my hair is starting to really grow although it is very grey but also quiet wavy 〰 Il always had straight hair 😯😯
We had a few days a way in Guernsey for our 30 in a posh hotel so was able to relax and unwind
Hope you are enjoying the sunshine🌞🌞👒👒🕶🕶
Although the heat isn't helping with the hot flushes
Hope you all have a great weekend xx