19-02-2018 03:25 PM
Well done AnnaKarenina, kneading bread is very therapeutic! Glad everyone liked it.
And one day of feeling pooh isn't too bad. As you say, much better than the (F)EC side of things. And good you have a measure of it, given that you are now every 2 weeks - at least you can plan. And those around you know what to expect as well.
You get sucked into the Olympics all you want .... you have a great excuse!!
19-02-2018 03:22 PM
Ooh Lesley, final flush! I love it. I am much less fond of the news that your poor skin is wrecked but hope that when they remove the PICC line SOON, all will heal well. Super impressed by the creation of milk from tiger nuts. Amazing. Inspired by you, I made some (very simple) wholemeal bread yesterday which went down a storm in these parts. I was in Paclitaxel pain land and there was something quite therapeutic about creating something good whilst beating up a piece of dough.
How is everyone else today? Elorac, Otter, Bythesea, Anadan, Harryfiddler and the gang?
I think I can say with some confidence that I now know the Paclitaxel cycle: sense of security on day 1 with not many problems, sense of apprehension with creeping pain and changed sensation on day 2, sense of self-pity on day 3 as I grapple with horrid pain, weird sensations in feet/hands and shedding skin, sense of cautious hope on day 4 as it all begins to settle down a bit. I am day 4 now, but yesterday was miserable.
Still, it remains lots better than EC SEs, especially as there is no nausea and the bleurgh seems to last less time than the bleurgh of post-EC cycles.
Must now go and do some work. Must. not. get. sucked. into. vortext. of. watching. Winter. Olympics. Must. not. xx
19-02-2018 10:05 AM
hope everyone is ok - just been for my final flush!! Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!
The skin on my arm is a right mess - I've developed an allergy to ALL the different types of dressings they use ..... but only a week to go and then it wont be an issue!
I've made my first batch of tiger nut milk ...... and it's ok! I didn't put in the sugar that they included in the recipe and I think its still sweet enough.
You have to soak the nuts, with an optional cinnamon stick, over night. Then just whizz them up with water and strain. You're left with a load of pulp which you can use to make cakes with or dry out for a nut like sprinkle topping.
The tiger nuts are not actually nuts but tubers - so good for anyone with a nut allergy.
Happy Monday everyone and goodluck for anyone having their 🍸 this week 🎢
18-02-2018 06:58 PM
18-02-2018 02:49 PM
How are you bell ringing ladies doing? Hope you are all keeping well and SEs are at a minimum
I've had a lovely weekend .... and it's not over yet!
Enjoy the sunshine if you have it.
love and hugs to all
17-02-2018 08:51 AM
Thank you Lesley
I'm definitely going to have a go at the bread once I've finished chemo-apart from it being healthier, I reckon all the kneading will be theraputic! My girls might not be so enthusastic though, I'm not usually great at cooking! xx
16-02-2018 09:30 PM
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16-02-2018 10:58 AM
What did this Friday bring? A swim in the ocean! Now, I'm a strictly English style swimmer -- breast stroke, head above water, ideally wearing a flowery bathing cap -- but some of my Aussie girlfriends dragged me off to Curl Curl Beach for a very quick dip. The big problem here is that it is *so* sunny that I've got to be really careful about exposing my skin to too much sun. Yes, OK, it's a nice problem to have! Although I have looked enviously at your cool temps on those days when it's 30 degrees and the hot flushes come to play.
Still battling swollen and bleeding sinuses - has anyone else had this delightful SE? However, I think I've dodged the finger tingling bullet, for which I am very grateful, and the aches and pains are all gone. So now it's time for a week of relative normality before LAST ONE.
I also saw a psychologist specialising in breast cancer ladies this week. I don't think we have a 'moving on' program here but I was very impressed with how across it she was -- that big mush of relief and fear and what-happens-next. Felt good to know that there's guidance available through the next bit of the maze.
I'm parcelling up some rays of sunshine and sending them your way,
16-02-2018 10:18 AM
morning jencat - come and play with us!
I use a food processor to make the dough and then the rest is by hand, but with ciabatta its all about the proving - lots of time involved!
16-02-2018 10:16 AM
I feel like Maria in the sound of music, I just want to go running thru the hills, singing at the top of my voice - such an inspiring day!
AnnaKarenina, you can't go far wrong with Mr Hollywood http://paulhollywood.com/home/recipes/bread/ he says which is for the novice etc ..... let me know how you go 👩🏻🍳
lost 2lbs this week 😍
16-02-2018 10:10 AM
Hi Lesley, I wanted to add how nice your bread looked and although I'm not much of a cook, would like to have a try at making some myself once I've finished chemo. (I'm the only one from Oct not finished yet ) Do you use a breadmaking machine or do it all by hand? xx
16-02-2018 10:03 AM
16-02-2018 09:41 AM
Oooh, JC and Otter - what a stage to reach! I am doing a happy dance for you both. Just brilliant. Vicarious celebrations and marking of THE END of chemo are a brilliantly inspiring way to battle through the next few days of Paclitaxel-induced nonsense.
Lesley, I have been inspired by your bread making combined with a piece on the radio that claimed that bread is one of the most processed products we tend to buy when it could/should be made with 3-4 simple ingredients. I am nowhere near ciabatta level, but what would you recommend to a novice as a source of easy recipes?
Anadan, how are you doing? I really hope the pain has settled a bit?
Elorac, Bythesea, Harryfiddler and friends: what does this sunny (although not as sunny and certainly not as warm as it is likely to be where HF is at the moment) Friday bring you? Only good things I hope.
Off to try to heated body wrap to see if it can nip the aches and pains in the bud (bone). xx
16-02-2018 09:00 AM