Good morning ladies! and today the sun is shining (so far) and I'm leaping around full of the joys of spring!
At 4.20 I have my 6 month post-surgery check up with the breast consultant and all I have in my mind right now is Wolfee's quote of the day which is, "Don't waste your time looking back, you're not going that way...." - thanks for putting the positive part back in my step today lovely!
Will report back at some point to say how it went.
Have a great day everyone - Easter is just around the corner - I've just got to get through today's session at work (which is getting trickier each day as the children are ready for a 2 week holiday, as are the staff!!) and then I've got a full 11 days off.... YIPPPEEE!
MJK - hooray for the return!
That's what I believe is true but I just wondered with the measles one as it can be quite serious without any protection but again, the vaccine is a live one!
Ladies, does anyone know anything about how our immunity was/is affected following chemo and other treatments with regards to illnesses like chicken pox and MMR?
The reason I ask, is Measles is on the up - and it's been reported in my area (thankfully not at the school I work in) - but yesterday the school issued guidelines which Public Health England have asked them to distribute. It makes me feel anxious when I read the literature. I was innoculated against these illnesses as a child but wonder if chemo, in particular, may have altered my resistance.
Any advice most welcome.......
Treehouse - I couldn't believe it! So frustrating when someone damages your property but don't even bother to put a sorry note on the windscreen to apologise. I appreciate accidents happen but lack of honesty or sincerity - there's no excuse for it!
Yes I'm hoping they do and even more hope the echo scan booked for 3 April will show an improvement in my percentage!
Good luck now for the consultant appointment.
My thighs have been really achey too and muscles in my arms and chest areas. Well done on your promotion! I wish I had the momentum to exercise on top of my walking - I really need to as I know it will help everything. My arm and right hand side of my chest are so tight and uncomfortable - exercise works but I haven't got the energy to do it....!
Treehouse - went to see GP - so much for stopping rampiril - he's actually upped my dosage to 2.5mg a day as my blood pressure is too high! I had to have bloods taken too as this drug can affect the kidneys and just want to check they're ok now and got to have another blood test in 3/4 weeks to ensure kidneys still the same! Came out of the hospital after doing blood test to find some idiot had scrapped the bumper of the car and drove off without leaving a note - thank you!! Anyway, got new dose tabs which I'm starting today!
Hi Treehouse - pleased to hear the scan today went OK - was it ultrasound? Good luck with the blood tests tomorrow. Will have fingers crossed for you when it comes to results - when do you expect to get the results and discuss further with consultant? Don't blame you for wanting it out of the way and moving forward.
I've got GP appointment tomorrow (their request - for a meds review(!) - I'm only on the one - rampiril. Mind you, in a funny kind of way, I'm kind of looking forward to it as I haven't actually seen my GP throughout this whole journey(!) - I went to surgery when I found the lump but my own GP was unavailable and I saw a locum and thankfully throughout treatment I've been fortunate to get by with just seeing onc and consultant. I wonder what my blood pressure is going to be like....???
Got my six month post surgery appointment with consultant on Thursday at 4.20!
Had a lovely day today - been with hubby and son to our county town today for a little bit of browsing in charity shops and other independent little shops - was a very enjoyable day with lots of walking! Arrived home and walked the dog and then set to and cooked delicious roast chicken dinner followed by apple strudel - yum!
Hope eveyone else has had a good weekend. A four day working week this week and then I've got just over 2 weeks off - YIPPPEEE!! x
Hi Mai, yes I feel exactly the same - just glad to be alive and celebrating waking up each day and embracing what that day brings! Not always good but then I wouldn't like my days perfect everyday!
Jay, happy cancerversary! How are you feeling about it? I thought I'd feel upset but no, I just felt glad to be alive! It didn't have quite the impact I expected. I think every day is blessing and to be celebrated now. Xx
Treehouse, sending hugs. Hope the Herceptin aches and pains soon wear off. How is your heart rate doing now you've had the Herceptin? Xx
Hi Karebear, my hair was growing so slowl I took the plunge and ordered a hair treatment from
Living with Cancer web site . Conditioner, shampoo and scalp stimulant. It appeared to work !!😍 I ended up with little corkscrew curls, then a gigantic afro! I've had two haircuts now, and love my new short funky hair. I'm not going to have it coloured, which I did for years, as the platinum grey looks ok. I'm using a mild shampoo and conditioner from Boots. I got hold of their cancer consultant and she was very helpful. No parabans etc etc etc. Hope this helps. X
Hi Karebear. My hair started to grow back during the T part of FECT. I used menthol shampoo every other day. Also massaged my head a few times a day, especially in the evenings when sat watching tv. It does grow back quite fast when it starts, seems like forever. I finished chemo 24 Aug and have had my 1st proper hair cut a few weeks ago.
Thanks, ladies, for your comments. I was also told I needed to wait a year, so was surprised to receive an appointment with the reconstruction surgeon for April. Maybe that is to discuss my options.
I will discuss the options with him and then decide. Will keep you updated!
Jay, I am 64.