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Topic: Can we have a forum for "older" people with bc?

Forum: Older Than 60 Years Old With Breast Cancer —

Meet other women who are similar in age and dealing with age-appropriate issues.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2009 10:29AM

Northstar wrote:

I am an "older" woman with breast cancer (I was diagnosed at 65 and am now 66).  I notice that most of the posts seem to be from people younger than I am (often by quite a bit...).   I'd love to "talk" with others my age, exchange info about their diagnoses, effects on their lives, etc.   I see that there is a forum for young women.

Someone suggested that maybe it's that older people aren't so computer-savvy or aren't used to being in online discussion groups.   However, for those who are, it would be great. 

DX 8/15/08, ILC, 5.1 cm, Stage IIb, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Oncotype DX 11.
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Jan 27, 2021 05:16AM Wren44 wrote:

I have been tempted to buy the carrier that's thick cloth and fits around the cat's neck with velcro. I'm not sure my vet would allow Squeakers to come in that. It has a zipper in the bottom and you can take out one paw at a time to trim nails. I would prefer not paying for the vet to do that. They, of course, report that he purrs while they do it.

I have a burn with blisters down the second bone of my little finger. I was boiling water to pour over the masks that were just washed. I didn't know the lid was not on tight, so it didn't whistle. A lot of the water had boiled away and when I poured the water, the lid came off and landed on my little finger. Luckily I had some lidocaine and used that for the pain when I went to bed.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Jan 27, 2021 06:09AM Wren44 wrote:

Am I the only one who goes Ugh when the paper reports a car hit an elderly woman and she's younger than me. I wonder if they would say ancient woman if I was the victim.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Jan 27, 2021 06:49AM petite1 wrote:

Sandy, I know what you mean about the kitty claws. Louie, my black cat, is doing a number on the love seat. He needs to go for a peti. His little claws are like needles.


petite Dx 8/23/2019, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/20/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 27, 2021 07:23AM ChiSandy wrote:

Yup--those cat claws are sharp; and seemingly right after the vet does the catti-pedi, the kitties immediately get to work re-sharpening them.

Got my first COVID shot this a.m.--Moderna. Wanted Pfizer (which kicks in sooner), but beggars can't be choosers. 4 hrs. later, my arm's a bit sore at the injection site, but that's about it for side effects. I expect the second shot (which I can't get till at least 2/23) to lay me low for a couple of days.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 27, 2021 07:24AM Betrayal wrote:

Wren44: Thanks for the laugh about the terminology used to describe the poor woman. Do they use "young" lady when they are the victim? Seems to be a form of ageism to me. LOL.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/30/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jan 27, 2021 08:56AM kathindc wrote:

My arm didn’t get real sore until late at night. Took two Tylenol then and in the am and pm the next day they did the trick.

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Jan 27, 2021 10:19AM IllinoisLady wrote:

To tell a lie in cowardice, to tell a lie for gain, or to avoid deserved punishment--are all the blackest of black lies. On the other hand, to teach one to try one's best to avoid the truth--even to press it when necessary toward the outer edge of the rainbow--for a reason of kindness, or of mercy, is far closer to the heart of truth than to repeat something accurately and mercilessly that will cruelly hurt the feelings of someone. -Emily Post

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 27, 2021 10:33AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Dh and I have managed to make it for 45 ( will be 46 in July ) yrs. so far. Second marriage for both of us. My ex ( while technically still my husband ) actually introduced us. I knew the minute I saw # 2 that we would marry, but of course, we had to do some of those other things first -- like start dating. We met in Oct. and were married the following July. Ex got married the same day. My former SIL and FIL stood up for us. We were married in Ventura, Calif. at a minister's home. He happened to be one of Johnny Cash's best friends. I took it to be good luck when we were pronounced man and wife just as the clock on the mantel struck 10 a.m.

I have endured ( being an animal person ) many kneading kitty claws over a long span of time or more like since about the age of 10 or so. I've grown very used to it, but I really don't like it.

Wren, hope your finger is better soon. I've done similar things so many times. Sometimes just as I "do" it I realize that I was thinking just beforehand to be careful which only serves to annoy me more.

Today was chemo day so late here again, but only one more to go. I'll be glad to get this done and hopefully can move onto less Dr. type ( no matter what the reason ) visits overall. It was warmer today than we thought it would be but a very chilly wind pretty much cancelled out the warmer temp. Looked like rain most of the day. Have to see what may happen tonight. As for me -- I'm going to enjoy having nowhere to go tomorrow morning but feeding the feral cats.

Hope you all had a really nice day today.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 27, 2021 11:59AM MCBaker wrote:

A couple who gives me rides top and from church are getting their shots tomorrow. He has chronic leukemia. We have to go to the hospital in La Crosse for them. That is reasonable, fewer chances to waste any if there is no one in line for a while as it would in community clinics. But quite a nuisance.

Dog lovers say that the rawhide chews have a lot of bad chemicals in them. I received an order from Chewy today, with a water buffalo horn. We just came back from the evening walk, but before, he was so busy on that thing. I'll be interested in seeing if it is a good distraction from scratching various areas of his body.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 12/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/27/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Jan 27, 2021 01:32PM Taco1946 wrote:

Mary - a friend gives me bone rounds that have a little marrow in them. I think she gets them at Walmart where I don't shop. Mutz always has one laying around. I don't remember ever buying a rawhide bone for our dogs but am glad to know that.

Jackie - what a great wedding memory. I think we too knew rather quickly that it might work but waited until I graduated and Ken had a year of medical school under his belt. We met on a blind date fixed up by our fraternity/sorority friends. I was their matron of honor a year after we got married and we lived in the same apartment complex when Jim started medical school.

Cold (for here) and rainy - generally just nasty - but we sure need the rain. AZ is sadly lacking in a water conservation plan even though much of the state is a desert.

Sandy - hydration helps according to friends. I only know one person who has gotten two shots, but like shingles, I would imagine that the second will be worse than the first.

Ken seems to be doing well today. Thanks for asking.


Dx 11/22/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Radiation Therapy 12/28/2016 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 2/2/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2017 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Targeted Therapy
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Jan 27, 2021 02:25PM CindyNY wrote:

Step son who is a Dr. received his second shot today at the hospital he works for. Within minutes he had a reaction - very high heart rate and lowered blood pressure. They pumped him full of fluids and he stayed quite a while before going home. Said he was ok but felt crappy. I'm hoping he feels ok after getting a good night's sleep.

We had about 4-5 inches of snow, which isn't a lot, but it was very slippery. Friday the high is predicted to be 12! The low 3. Not sure if I'll even attempt to go out with it that cold, but never say never. After being the teachers aid all week, some weekends I just have to get out, even if it's to the drive by mail box at the post office.

Be well, and stay safe!


dx at 58, no family history, onco = 19 Dx 10/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 27, 2021 05:18PM - edited Jan 27, 2021 05:34PM by ChiSandy

Bob & I met in college, during the fall of junior year when we ran against each other for student gov't and we both won. (35 candidates for 8 at-large seats--he came in first and I came in second). Our first meeting was when we were on our way to debate each other...but there was no audience. So we went out for coffee instead.

Oddly, I had no reaction at all to my second Shingrix shot. The first one produced a spreading redness that reached nearly to my elbow before it receded.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 28, 2021 01:11AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Strength is a capacity for endurance. One of the dividends of suffering is the universal discovery the we possess a strength within us we never knew we had. Navigating through a difficult episode not only shows us that inner strength is there but convinces us it will always be there to serve us in the future. Overcoming gives us an assurance of personal confidence and value that far exceeds what we thought we possessed before our struggles began.

Dennis Wholey

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2021 01:21AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Looking gray this a.m. I'll have to read my weather here when it comes on. No snow last night. Actually, I went out to find the cat well after dark and it was not cold at all. That awful wind stopped and made all the difference. Well, heat is coming on plenty this morning but it looks clear enough though cloudy. Here's hoping.

Nothing special planned to today -- just trying to settle some things. Getting ready ( so hopeful this time ) to think about all the changes I feel like I've planned forever but seems something always comes up. Usually jobs ( not always a bad thing ) that seem like they won't go long and they end up being a yr. or more. So, partly making some lists ( I throw then out if they are not used ) and some cleaning tips that I found that might work well for me.

Here is something I never knew -- there is something in powdered Tide ( should you wish to use it ) that breaks up dirt in a different way because it breaks it down. I was not aware of this. So, that is one of the things I will be trying. Can be used for walling walls, floors, etc. Also, ( I presume if you were to use it most of the time ) it also has something that is good on odors.

Hope you all have a really good day. Wishing you sun and wellness.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2021 02:01AM Beaverntx wrote:

Sandy, sounds like you were running backwards with the Shringrix vaccination.😃 I had more of a reaction to the second than to the first.

Illinois, thanks for the Tide info. Will keep that in mind.

DH and I met my freshman year in college. We were both in the band, my dorm was a good ways from where the band practiced, he had a car and was willing to trek those of us from that dorm back so we could meet curfew. Didn't get serious until we were seniors, we married after we graduated and I had taken my national licensing exam. It will be 59 years this year and we are content. Raised two boys who are now fine men and fathers and we both had satisfying careers. Lots of good memories and still making them!

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 28, 2021 03:19AM carolehalston wrote:

I went to an outpatient clinic for blood work yesterday morning about 7:30. Before noon the results were available in MyChart. Everything was in the normal range except glucose and A1c. On those I am still in the pre-diabetic category.

I am getting nervous about the 2nd shot of Phizer vaccine. Appointment is next Tuesday. Wondering if dh should go with me. His appointment is an hour later.

Read an article in the Washington Post advising that everyone should wear the N95 masks. I didn't think they were available but will do some research. I have quite a few cloth masks, some home-made and some bought. The home-made ones fit higher on my nose and don't cause my glasses to fog up as much as the more fitted bought masks.

I will make myself take an exercise walk today. There's no reason I couldn't do the Silver Sneakers exercise routine here at home. Just requires doing it. So much more enjoyable with other people in a class.

Have a good Wednesday.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2021 05:35AM Wren44 wrote:

I'm adding a layer to my cloth masks (I make them). The first ones were 2 layer and made by hand, but now the sewing machine is fixed and it's easy to whip them out. I have a pattern that comes in sizes so it can fit faces of various sizes. DH and I wear the same size but need different ear loops.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Jan 28, 2021 07:49AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Okay, anyone thinking of trying the Tide soap thingy. It has to be the powdered Tide -- liquid apparently is somehow different. The instructions I read were to use 1 tsp. full of soap and swish really good. I presume to make sure it all dissolves well so really hot water. Since it is not a lot of soap I figure you must have to have a least a gallon or two of water. Also said to go over the area your cleaning twice ( making sure the water isn't too dirty each time ) and it said cleaner than ever and no streaks and marks.

If it works that way and that well I'll not only be surprised ( so hopeful ) but so irritated at the STOREFUL of things I have already tried. I guess some experimentation here and there but I presume this same dilution works for just about everything.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2021 08:52AM ChiSandy wrote:

What I read is that the KN95s are adequate if they fit--I noticed that many medical personnel are wearing surgical masks over them at work. Yesterday at Walgreen's I wore a surgical mask, with a cloth mask to make the fit snugger. But I still have a small face with a receding chin, so I can't find masks that don't leak out the sides & bottom (the kids' sizes don't fit my ears)...except for the KN95s, which arrived after I got home. I do have an N95 that Bob brought home, but never worn it--I don't like the strap behind my head. Might put a fashionable cloth one over a KN95 when I go out.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 28, 2021 09:35AM Betrayal wrote:

Sandy and others: My audiologist provided me with a mask extender so I do not need to wear the mask loops over my ears and risk launching my tinnitus hearing aids into space. I asked her where she purchased them and it is from Amazon. Here is the information required for ordering and the cost was about $1 each. They are reusable, have knobs for the mask loops that make them adjustable and quite comfortable. Ted Star USA Mask Holder B089YRCSYR. It was easier to locate them using the number rather than the name. I ordered them for family members as well since not all ear loops are comfortable and I prefer to have it pass behind my head as well.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/30/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jan 28, 2021 09:40AM keywestfan wrote:

Oh boy, the relief! Walgreens finally came to the Mather today, gave the first shot to 300 Independent Living residents and 200 employees. Governor Pritzker has been very “ troubled” by the delay and says Walgreens and CVS should have gotten on the ball one month ago. It was, though, well- organized. We got Pfizer and February 17 will be second shot. Exactly two weeks after that is March 3 which is our 19th anniversary, so off we will go to indoor dining at Avli, a Greek restaurant. Will be careful and scared. All is fine with the first shot,but I don’t really know how effective the vaccine will be for me, because, without a spleen, I’m immunocompromised and people with asplenia were not included in the trials, so little is known.

Had a major flu like reaction,chills, fever to the first Shingrix shot and so was afraid of the second, but just a slightly sore arm.

Anastrozole June 2019 Dx 2/14/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Jan 28, 2021 09:52AM Beaverntx wrote:

I'm with Wren. I make our cloth masks and have always had three layers, using a pattern developed at a nearby medical school and approved by their surgeons for use in surgery. Also make them with ties instead of ear loops-- not enough room behind ears with hearing aids and glasses!! If course, started with this pattern before the variety of head bands for the ear loops were available! We like having the cloth masks to wash and reuse instead of adding disposable masks to the trash pile.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 28, 2021 11:01AM IllinoisLady wrote:

To answer a question Wren posed a while back. I do hate hearing someone called elderly when something, as though the "old" are no longer capable now, and that was the reason for the accident. I know your reference was somewhat different -- but I'm a mite resentful when it sounds as though AGE was the whole factor as to why something happened at all.

Most of us 'old' or even 'ancient' people know we have limitations because we don't move as fast, or maybe think as fast -- but we are also good at factoring that into what we are doing. We don't want to be involved or get hurt or worse anymore than anyone. So it would be nice to find another less in your face phrase.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2021 03:39PM Reader425 wrote:

Illinois thank you for the cleaning tip. If it works i have ideas of things to take care of also!

Dx 9/11/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/28/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/3/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 28, 2021 04:30PM karen1956 wrote:

Betrayal - thanks for the information on the mask extenders. I always worry about loosing my hearing aids with the masks. We started wearing disposable under clothes masks first time today when DH had appointment with Retinologist. Work gave us KN95 masks as part of our PPE - along with Lysol Spray and Lysol wipes. they gave us a Plastic tri-fold for testing, but it is cumbersome, so I bought a Plexiglass divider that has an opening on the bottom and sits on 2 thingies - I slide test materials through the opening on the bottom. I've only tested 2 kiddos so far this school year. Next week I'm back in the schools in person on Tuesdays and then the week of the 15th I add Wednesdays. A little nervous, but I have my own space and only see kids one to one. All adult meetings are zoom or google meets.

We are set for our second shot on Friday. DH called the facility today and they suggested picking up the permission form tomorrow to save time and save congestion in the lobby. Thankfully the place is only 5 minutes away. DH said he would go get them tomorrow. I will feel much better 2 weeks after the shot but know that we are not out of the woods.

My DD#1 told me tonight that her FIL tested positive for Covid. She was with her in-laws over Shabbat (as was my SIL and his 93+ year old grandmother). She doesn't know when symptoms started but neither her in-laws or the provincial health department has told her to quarantine. She can't get a break. mY SIL has been in the hospital since Sunday morning (not Covid) - she says the care is awful as they are overloaded with Covid patients. It took about 36 hours after he was admitted till he go a bed - waited in a little curtain off area in the ER. The hospitals by her are often overloaded and takes time to get a bed. Not sure how long he'll be in the hospital. His 39th birthday is Tuesday and it breaks my heart that he will not be able to enjoy his birthday. Hoping he'll at least be home by then. My daughter has to make an appointment to visit him and only twice/week. I so wish I could be with her - but with quarantine and closed borders it is not possible. Needless to say I'm stressed and I'm worried.

Fell twice walking this afternoon - first fall was on the driveway and the second on the sidewalk about 3/4 through our walk. I didn't walk after dinner - worried about falling again. We got just enough snow yesterday to make a mess of things, but main roads were good. Its supposed to warm up tomorrow so hoping the rest of the snow melts.

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Jan 28, 2021 06:03PM ChiSandy wrote:

I really don't like wearing masks that go around my head, so those "mask helpers" would be really uncomfortable. I do okay with ear loops as long as they're not so loose that the mask gaps or so tight that they fall off my ears. The masks that go around the back of the head are a royal pain for dining out, because we have to put the masks back on when not eating or drinking & when servers or other staff approach. If there's a head-strap, every time I put it on & take it off my hair not only gets messed up but sometimes caught & broken. Much easier for me to eat & drink with the mask dangling from one ear and put it back on when I have to (I don't like those lanyards either--they feel awkward dangling from the mask when I'm not dangling the mask from them).

Judy, whew that you finally got vaccinated! Wondering why some Walgreens are administering Pfizer and others Moderna? Bob told me tonight that the U of C's hospital system is holding a vaccination lottery for its 1B-eligible patients. Even more outrageous considering that 3 weeks ago its ER Chief Resident was pleading with hospitals & the CDPH to stop hoarding vaccine supplies in hopes of convincing recalcitrant employees to take the vaccines, but instead start offering it to vulnerable people in hard-hit neighborhoods before it spoiled.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 28, 2021 11:38PM - edited Jan 29, 2021 01:32AM by karen1956

Sandy - I'm not sure. how I'll like the band, but with hearing aids, the mask is very difficult. I don't eat out so that is not an issue to deal with. Starting back in person in the schools, I"m sure my mask will be on most all of the day. If the band for the mask is not comfortable, then I'm only out $10 and they say 100% guarantee. Worth the gamble.

Have a great day everyone. Stay safe and stay warm.

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Jan 29, 2021 12:54AM petite1 wrote:

Good morning, ladies. We had heavy rain last night and cool this morning. The high will be 61 and 34 the low. I have my PCP appointment today. I need labs for thyroid and a referral for my mamo due Feb. 22. I prefer the mask I made over the store bought ones. It is the most comfortable and I made a pocket to put in a filter made from a coffee filter.

IllinoisLady. I do enjoy your thoughts for the day. Thank you for the Tide tip.

Sandy, I didn't have any problems with the Shingles vaccines or any vaccines that I have had. Hopefully, it stays that way.

Karen, I am sorry to hear of your falls and medical issues with your family,

petite Dx 8/23/2019, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/20/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 29, 2021 01:42AM IllinoisLady wrote:

All that we are is the result of what we have thought; it is founded upon our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If one speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows that person, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage. If one speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows that person, like a shadow that never leaves. -Gautama Buddha

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 29, 2021 02:00AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Well, we have a couple of inches on snow on the ground and pretty cold temps. I have to go out later and hoping the roads will be okay. Likely should be in town. I just have to get to the highway. Going to go feed a friend's outdoor cats. She can't get out. She has a ramp and uses a walker. I also will stop and feed the feral cats as well. Always something to do around here.

As to the soap thing -- the writer of the tip suggested those mops that wring out for you by using a foot pedal on the bucket. I went out and got one as I'm so hoping this ends up working out. Only said it a couple of times but our little lane is mainly a dirt lane though they covered it with a material that looks like asphalt but isn't. Made me quite irritated as they did not grade beforehand leaving some potholes. Anyway --- dirt from surrounding gets on the road. Same thing in our driveway. All to say it is not the easiest ever to control the dirt around here -- especially with dogs who go in and out. I really do need something that works better if it is possible.

Do watch out Karen. It is scary outside when I know there could be slippery places and I'm already nervous about going out today. Not much bounce to the ounce anymore. Hopefully, slow and steady and as much avoidance as possible when the weather is tricky.

The sun is out and I'm so glad of that. it really does look like winter here for the first time this yr. Long after we usually have it. It likely won't hang on though since their is rain in the forecast for towards the week-end. If it keeps changing that fast we should get through without much more snow for the yr.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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