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Apr 18, 2018 10:15AM
Kate- I have had a cough since I finished chemo. Most of the time, I cough occasionally and it’s not a problem. Sometimes for several days, I cough so hard, I can’t catch my breath. I have been to my primary care Dr, who has sent me for exrays. And a pulmonary specialist, who did a CT scan, and every other test possible, and they cannot find anything. When it was at its worst, I was given antibiotics for 10 days. It’s been 4 years, and it has gotten bad maybe 3 times, the rest of the time! I hardly notice it’s there. My breast surgeon says it could be damage from radiation, but the tests don’t show anything. If you have no other symptoms, I would wait for a few weeks. If it hasn’t gotten better by then, I would have it checked.
The weather here is incredible. I said to my brother, it’s days like today that make suffering thru the summer worth it. I have started to walk again, and I am up to about 2/3 of a mile. I have also changed my eating since Jan., and have lost almost 20lbs. That, of course, meant a shopping spree. I wear capris most of the time, but had ones that were elastic waisted and very generous in width down the leg. I have gone to more fitted capris and even some “jegging” capris. I got the first delivery of he capris, and they were too big. I got about 6 pair of joggings at Walmart, got then home, and realized they didn’t have pockets. They went back and I ordered ones with pockets
While ordering for me here, I also ordered a second set of everything for Ga. The first ones with pockets arrived yesterday, and again, they are too big. So I am trying to cancel everything that hasn’t arrived yet, to reorder in a smaller size. Have to be honest- that’s a good problem to have. Problem is, with my memory, I can’t remember what is cancelled and what is reordered. I was going to have my daughter in Atlanta get them all washed and ready before I get there next Fri, but now I’m afraid they may be too big.
My daughter from Ga is flying down on Fri and we are going to spend the weekend with my youngest daughter and her kids in Lake Placid. Nancy wanted her visit to be a surprise, so I texted Jamie’s husband with the details. A few minutes later, I get a call from his phone, but it’s my daughter. First, she checked that it was me, then asked if I knew I had texted her husband, not her. I said “yes, that was who I texted”, then she asked why. I said the text itself was pretty clear, but that it was supposed to be a surprise. She is very glad she found out about it, because she knows I can look past the chaos and mess, and enjoy her and the kids- but her sister’s house is so clean! She would have been so upset at the mess. We are all excited that we will be together.
Jamie was here Mon., and we got to talking about beds. I knew she as sleeping on a mattress on the floor- I didn’t know it was a mattress they cut in half because it was too heavy for them to move. I looked online yesterday and found her an inexpensive mattress, box spring and frame. Since I bought them a new washer and dryer, she won’t let me buy anything else or I would already have ordered it. Then I asked her what colors did she want in the bedding. Poor baby has been living in such chaos, she had no idea what I meant, then had no idea what colors she likes.
Hopefully we can find some time this weekend to narrow down the choices. I said that I am really itching to fix her bedroom for her. I said I want it to be a place that when she enters it, her stress level drops. She got teary-eyed at that, because she has not had anything resembling that since the day she moved out of my house.
Hope everyone is doing well
9/25/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
10/4/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
10/4/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
10/10/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel)
1/28/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
Breast, Lymph nodes