It seems I'm a patient now!

But not a very patient one! 

I've at least got a diagnosis, it's invasive ductal cancer grade 2, but still small, oestrogen receptive but looks as if I might get away with the lymph nodes....and maybe not too much treatment afterwards? 

Complex plan, but to begin with, a sentinel node (plus another one or so) removal as day surgery, (a nuclear medicine visit first to get 'the jab' for them to trace) then a gap while that,  plus the HER result come back, then because of my previous surgeries for cysts and the fact one resulted in a massive haematoma, therefore scar tissue, I will have a complete mastectomy with an implant. That will be immediately after Easter. 

By finding out as much as possible beforehand, the surgeon hopes to prevent too many operations. Obviously I will then need Tamoxifen or similar, so will appreciate helpful advice about that. 

But I'd be interested on anyone's 'take' on her plan. I feel reassured that she took time with me, and the BC nurse afterwards spent a good while too. 

Hugs xxx

  • Beginning picking our strawberries, yum!

    Today hubs is totally exhausted, think the steroids kept him going yesterday, he’s still lying on his bed, having had all meds and a piece of toast for breakfast, tv on but he’s falling asleep watching it! 

    Had a call from BCN and they are fitting me into a cancellation spot on Monday morning at 10.40 am to check out the rib soreness. she did say it might be chondritis. 

    Hugs xxx

    Moomy

  • Good news you can have a check up so soon. Hopefully nothing to worry about but much better to have it looked at sooner rather than months of concern. If it helps....during the last five years plus, I have had a lot of weird pains often underarm but because I saw a specialist every four months throughout that time, it was quickly examined and explained. My surgeon told me that the time the tissue takes to heal is far longer than we imagine and often explained the pains as scar tissue mending. The radiologist showed me once on the mammogram when I asked ' why do I feel the pain here'. But they always told me to tell them about anything that felt different so you are doing the right thing getting yourself examined on Monday.

    As for your husband....he probably deserves a ' bed' day. Tuesday must have been exhausting as it took so long and you were late back even without the immunotherapy.  I know OH and I find travelling to appointments,  the waiting time, and return journey, tiring. We always wonder how doing nothing makes us feel so weary but often spend the days after getting little achieved.

    Strawberries? I wish they grew well here but we tried and they didn't.  However, some self set raspberries courtesy of the birds were ready to pick today and we had a delicious dessert with them.

    Take care now. Don't overdo things in this warm weather......

    Love Karen

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  • Thank you for reassurances, Karen/, I do wonder how much of it may be stress related as if I consciously take a calming deep breath it improves. 

    Hubs has been a lot better this afternoon but his voice is suffering again, he’s enjoyed having a beer though, as beer was cut due to potassium levels! 

    Hugs xxx

    Moomy

  • I’ve also realised I’ve been lifting hubs’ wheelchair more, getting it out of the Landy and helping him lift it up again (with electrically powered wheels it’s heavy) and this has been more often due to him needing blood tests etc. Maybe I’ve stirred up muscles/ligaments/whatever. But it’s odd it’s just on the mx side and not aching arms? 

    Hugs xxx

    Moomy

  • Today hubs is up and downstairs by 9.30, so that’s an improvement! I’m allowed to watch Star Trek (I find the original series very advanced for its time but so funny! 

    Hugs xxx

    Moomy

  • Glad hubs is perkier today . Sorry to hear about your pains, glad you’ve got an appointment to have it checked on Monday. Be careful!! I bet when you were an OT (I think) you were often telling people what they shouldn’t be doing, now it’s time to apply the same rules to yourself! But I know it’s very hard when you are the carer, and no other help available. Fingers crossed it’s something you’ve ‘pulled’ and can try to avoid hurting it further. Love and hugs, HFxx

    HappyFeet1 xx
    Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts. – Hopi
  • I decided housework qualifies as exercise so clicked on ‘other’ on the Apple Watch and it duly registered, so now I’ve completed my exercise ring! Ha! 
    went to Screwfix for some bits for hubs plus he wanted to buy daughter a kit of screws for her d-I-y projects in the new house. Then we decided to find a local nursery as we’ve decided to buy them roses for the big patio, plus pots to plant them into, patio roses were found, one a pretty pink and the other a red. Will put them on ready to take when it’s a bit cooler. We are invited up there for Father's Day. 
    Hugs xxx

    Moomy

  • After a busy day he has had quite a few spells of zzzzz-ing! Not surprising really. 

    And now the kids want me to come up with an idea for a Fathers Day present! Any ideas? 

    Hugs xxx

    Moomy

  • Hubs was thinking of coming with me today but he’s really tired after two trips out yesterday.

    And it’s quiet here in the museum today anyway…..done all the jobs needed on a Saturday morning and only 3 visitors so far, we’ve been open an hour! 

    Hugs xxx

    Moomy

  • Take it easy at the museum.  Sometimes work is an excuse to rest from home and garden! Three visitors is quite shocking,  though I admit that we are now out the habit of visiting museums,  galleries,  theatres and cinemas.  I'm going to my local Picturehouse cinema tomorrow... the first since January 2020 and I'm a member! 

    Have a lovely day:) x

    “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.  Stephen Hawking,