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Oct 10, 2018 07:59PM
Robyn I had Her+2 (x3) the x3 mean I had 3x the average number of cancer cells. I will be glad to share my experience with you re Private messages if you want.
Well ladies, if you remember I am on my summer trip. It's me, so I'm sure you can guess, it is not quite going as planned.Flight to Atlanta was fine. My SIL had made an appt to take my Georgia car in the first Tues I was there because the check engine light wouldn't turn off, even after the oil had been changed. We left it there and they called saying my intake manifold flap was stuck in the open position. Have no idea what that means, but they wanted almost $1000 since my warranty had expired. Long story short, I ended up taking the car to a Hyundai dealer while with my son near Charlotte and it didn't cost me a penny. The daughter I live with is the warranty coordinator at her job, a construction truck place. She figured out that the manifold is part of the power train 10 yr warranty. That's the good news. Bad news – I needed 2 filters and 2 tires. About $700. The day before I left Charlotte to my brother in Fayetteville, I got laryngitis, which has turned into bronchitis.
This is where the "fun" starts. My brother insisted it was only an 8 hr drive to my sisters- turned out to be 12 hrs, which doesn't count the 45 minutes or so when we stopped to have lunch with his girlfriend in Baltimore. We didn't get to my sister's till about 8:30. I got out of the car, grabbed 2 pillows and started toward my sister's door. Within 10 seconds, I was face planted in the sidewalk. Scraped my face a little, but thought that was the extent of the damageBy Sun (we got here Sat night), my bronchitis had gotten much worse, and the pointer finger of my left hand was swollen and very red. Headed to an urgent care on Mon. I left there with an antibiotic, cough medicine, an inhaler, and told to get Claritin and take it for a week. And I had a splint on my finger, with orders to come back the next day for X-rays. I was relaxing and watching TV on my iPad, and kept realizing that my left eye was closed most of the time. I looked in a mirror, and the left eye was swollen almost closed. I had been keeping my kids updated on what was going on, and I decided to take a selfie to show them. I was shocked at how red it was. So, back to Urgent car the next day for X-rays of my finger and my eye. Finger was definitely broken, right where the finger meets the palm. Bigger brace and wrapped with orders to see an orthopedic Dr ASAP. I have an infection in my eye, which could be just because with the bronchitis, my immunity was compromised, or something got in it when I fell.
Saw orthopedist today- my finger (and the one next to it) is splinted with a splint they make specifically for your hand. The good news is that I can take it off to shower. Bad news, it will be on for at least 3 weeks, and I have to make an appt with a hand specialized Ortho Dr. no more than 3 weeks from today.
So, at this point, I have seen nothing except my sister's apartment and Dr Office's. I have not seen any of the people I came to see. Plus I can't do much with my finger splinted and I am having incredibly awful coughing spells.
My big issue is that I don't think I can drive my Car, which is fine while here, but don't know how I am going to get from Fayetteville to Charlotte to Atlanta on my own, to get my car back where it belongs, I can't grab the steering wheel, and also cannot drive one handed for 3 or more hours straight. Making it worse, it is the arm with the lymphedema that I would be driving with. I am leaving my brother in Fayetteville to pack his car, then he will meet me in Atlanta for the ride back to FL.
One other bright side (really hard to find right now) my kids have a seven way text conversation going. They haven't done that in years.
Hope you all are having better days than I am.
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