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Dec 1, 2012 04:59 AM loveofcritters wrote:
heidismom: Happy Birthday. I hope you have a big piece of cake and ice cream for all of us!
JenniferW: Welcome! Its like a turnstyle on this board, with those who are in the later treatments giving advise to the newer ones. And as you progress you can pass along what you know to the newbies too. We will help you. Just don't let cowpower corrupt you ! She and I are in competition to see who gets to the changing room quicker and back out the door. I won't say she is cheating, its just that I saw her slip a green back to one of the wheelchair bound patients and I tripped with my bra caught in the tires. (shhhhh, don't let on I told you) And you dodged the bullet with no chemo my sister...that was the worst thing I have ever done in my life.
**REMEMBER EVERYONE*** LOOB THE BOOB!!!! 2-3 times per day. Also remember Tazzy's formula for soothing the burnt boob:
- Boil 1 ltr water (4 1/4 cups)
- Add 1-2 Tsp salt
- Cool to room temperature
- Soak a cloth and put on breast for 10-15 minutes
Tazzy and the other girls on the fall rads thread said it helped a lot. Write the formula down and keep it by your computer, cuz it appears we all may need it.
cvmarilyn: Are you actually getting a CT or an xray? The nurses only called it "picture day" to me (do I look stupid?) and I thought it was a CT too, but they slip a clear flat piece into the radiation machine and take xrays at the same time as the treatment, and from the same angle. Does that sound like what you are getting? The cream I use is Alra. I bought it online. I started originally with Alra to get my hair to grow back, but now use the shampoo as a gentle body wash over my treated breast (it says that on the bottle), and use the cream they sell to keep it loobed. Its 100% aloe vera gel. So far, so good and I am half way through at 16/31.
Another tip: the brochure I got at treatment-start said not to let the shower directly hit the radiated breast. Same with bath water...no soaking. Try to stand out of the spray of the shower and use the wash cloth to drizzle rinse water over your breast. Use your hand only and use very gentle soap to cleanse the breast and underarm. And as others will tell you, pat dry gently and WELL. Then air out the under boob as best you can given the circumstances. Some have actually used a fan. (But that was summer, just throwing it out there...I get hot flashes and could use a fan sometimes too) LOOB the BOOB after the shower especially.
Off to start the day. So glad we have the weekend to rest up. Feeling the fatigue a lttle more now. Anyone else have esophogus soreness? It feels like it is burnining down my throat. Not bad, just a side effect.
Dx 2/28/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, PR-, HER2-Chemotherapy 05/24/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxotereSurgery 09/17/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Radiation Therapy 11/08/2012 External