Congratulations to you Helen!! Great to see you back in one piece Nicky!! Carole - I'm sorry that pesky seroma has caused you so much hassle, you never do anything the simple way do you love?
Now........I've lost track of what else I've read. Hugs to anyone who needs them - I guess that's just about everyone really so GROUP HUUUUUUG!!!!
Now it's me, me, Me. I got myself another pesky dose of cellulitis on Friday - just 6 weeks after the last lot - as my Facebook buddies will already know. For anybody who doesn't know what that is (and I didn't) it's a severe infection of the skin (all layers, not just the top). It seems the problem is my nipple was so cremated by rads it keeps cracking and then bugs get in. Then because the tissue in my boob is so damaged they throw themselves an Ugly Bug Ball unhindered.
Literally in the space of about an hour both times, from being perfectly well I went very cold, shivery and feverish and my boob swells, hurts and goes bright red & hot. Obviously the first time it happened I thought IBC and panicked as my boob looked just like the strawberry described by Theresa. But then the swelling, heat and redness starts spreading down my stomach, my fever gets worse and before you know it I'm in a bad way. Fortunately this time I managed to avoid hospital by seeing the doc within 3 hours of it starting and had mega-doses of antibiotics to take at home (plus it was still confined to my boob when I saw him), but really I think I should probably have been admitted because I was really unwell on Saturday in particular and actually it was a worse 'do' than last time. Very painful.
Anyway, on the mend now although still very red, sore and swollen and not feeling too chipper. So that's another week off work - I never thought I'd be 43 and in poor health, they'll probably sack me soon. I'll be at the docs on Friday for some 'just in case' antibiotics to keep at home as it seems once it happens the likelihood of it coming back is quite high.
The moral of this story is don't get cellulitis ladies, it's not fun!!
Sorry for the self-indulgent rant after such a long absence. I am shameful - but I really do, for my own mental wellbeing, need to not be visiting a breast cancer site every day at the moment. I know a lot of you feel the same way to various extents - and I see most of you on FB or speak on the phone so I haven't disappeared.
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