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Nov 29, 2012 08:09 PM, edited Nov 29, 2012 08:12 PM
InspiredbyDolce - I hope the rest of the day goes better.
I find that everything takes a lot more energy than it used to...
Tuesday I drove for the first time since surgery and couldn't figure out why my arms felt like limp noodles when I got home. Then it hit me (doh!) - I hadn't been using those muscles to hold my arms up to drive in a few weeks.
Banksy, sorry you're back in the hospital but I love the way you're separating the cancer stuff from the surgical stuff. That's an excellent attitude to take and I'm going to keep it in my mental bag of tricks for the days/weeks/months to come!
laniek, your surgeon sounds great! Gosh, I haven't heard of doctors of any kind doing housecalls in years!
Frapp, chuckling at the double D warmth you're missing (editing to add - not chuckling that their gone - just chuckling at the idea that hey, they can be a bit like hot water bottles!)
juliaanna, re: "It feels like we've lived a lifetime." (AMEN!) I'm so glad the surgery part is in the past. Now, it's the mental build-up for chemo/Herceptin. I keep thinking about What About Bob and "baby steps."
jenjenl, I still have a numb feeling on the back of my left arm as well (left side was sentinel nodes/cancer). Sometimes I get a weird and somewhat annoying tingling sensation along my back. I wonder if it's a result of all the nerves waking back up again?
hollycat, this "I am just now starting to feel like myself again" is great to read! I went to the track Sunday and walked a mile but haven't been back since (and here it is, already Thursday).
I made an enormous pot of pasta sauce today (still cooking) and am trying sun-dried tomatoes in the oven for the first time. From everything I've read - lycopene is really good for preventing cancer. My husband is Italian and during our year plus of the 17-Day Diet (more like the 17 month diet) we weren't eating as much pasta sauce (tomatoes) as we had in the past so I'm bringing it back into our diet. Plus, freezing a lot of it for the days and weeks ahead (the days, not of wine and roses but chemo and Herceptin).
I had a very uncomfortable echocardiogram the other day. I'm not sure if I mentioned it on this thread but at just under 3 weeks post-op it was much more uncomfortable than I anticipated. What I've found through all this cancer "stuff" is that mantras help me get myself settled down and help me traverse whatever procedure is currently at hand.
The day of my biopsy, when my heart was beating about a million miles per second (I'm sure you can all relate!) I saw a plaque on the insurance person's desk that read: "God is with you in all that you do." I never feel comfortable discussing religion/spirituality all that much but in this case I'll pass along the mantra aspect of just happening to see that little last minute sign/plaque at a time when I desperately needed something to help me get centered. It has now become a much-needed mantra that's helped me get to the end of whatever crappy thing is happening, i.e. the biopsy, the MRI, the pre-surgery jitters, the echocardiogram, etc.
I guess anything can become a mantra, i.e. "when I get done with this I'll have a milkshake or go to Hawaii."
Wishing everyone all the best!
Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+Surgery 11/07/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right)Surgery 11/07/2012 Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)