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May 4, 2021 10:00PM
May 4, 2021 10:03PM
Been absent from this thread for over a week--I get through the drinks & dinner threads, then get distracted by the cats (especially Happy, who's extremely clingy--sitting on my forearms as I try to type this) and answering stupid questions on Quora.com. Not to mention all the medical stuff--nothing dire, just a giant time-suck.
Welcome, Nonni, LW (prayers & hugs to you both)--as well as Nsbrown. You're in Winchester, VA? So beautiful there, by the Blue Ridge & Shenandoah NP. (One of my favorite folksinger/dulcimerists, Maddie McNeil, is from there--and we saw her perform at the park's Skyline Lodge, where she was artist-in-residence at the time). Anyway, our particular "sorority" doesn't require "pledging"--initiation is automatic, upon diagnosis. No silly outfits, no rules, no errands, no "big" sisters, and no memorizing the Greek alphabet & having to recite it backwards at a moment's notice. (Yeah, we had to do all that back in the day).
Beav, prayers to your son, his family & you--is a stem-cell transplant a realistic option? Best wishes for the road ahead. And MD Anderson is as good as it gets.
Judy, how are you feeling? Have you begun the dental repairs, and will you be able to have your KW getaway? That Apple Watch beats the pants off those emergency-pager pendants. I was considering upgrading to the Series 6 for that reason--I have the Series 4, since 2018, which also has the fall detection and automatic emergency calling, plus the ECG app & sensor. On the fence, though, because I already own a pulse oximeter; and I don't consider it a PITA to have to raise my wrist for the display to appear. What I will spring for, however, is if the next models come with BP and glucose sensors.
Meanwhile, Bob & I took the bait and traded in our iPhones (8 for him, 8Plus for me) for, respectively, the 12 SE and 12 Pro Max. (He wanted one the same size as his 8 so it'll fit in his shirt pocket; I decided to pop for the top-of-the-line, albeit the least storage--128GB, which is twice what my 8 Plus had--because I will be doing both more audio & video recording going forward). His screen had cracked to the point where he was on the verge of slicing his fingertips. We each got nice rebates for our old ones--half again as much for mine as for his because mine was in decent shape since only the screen protector had cracked. And I'm proud of him--he was able to pair his new one to his car via Bluetooth without having to come home & watch a video. I realize just now that I haven't checked to see if my new one's automatically paired to my Subaru. Oops. But nobody's called me yet while I've been driving, so no big deal. I'll try tomorrow while waiting outside the vet during Heidi's "mani-pedi" (Happy's is on Thurs.).
It's official--here in IL and Chicago, masks are no longer required outdoors unless social distancing is not possible. I tried walking maskless to a wine dinner last week, though, and got so many dirty looks that I put mine back on, despite the sidewalk being very wide and uncrowded. Better not to worry other people. But there's still an indoor mask mandate until at least July 4 (when the city will be lifting all capacity restrictions). Our temple has yet to transition back from online to in-person, even though weekly services had been so sparsely-attended even pre-pandemic that the currently-allowed 25% capacity is more than sufficient to accommodate the congregation (except for Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, when the pews are filled with out-of-town extended families). And the archdiocese is still not allowing in-person Mass except at Holy Name Cathedral, which is broadcast live on TV (not just online).
Had my weigh-in today and it wasn't as painful as I'd feared (the fear was reflected in my uncharacteristically elevated BP). I've gained only 9 lbs. since Nov., and I'm going to slam the brakes on further gain. My NP did say it was my choice to try and maintain, but I'd like to get down below 150 again to have a bit of a "cushion" for minor fluctuations. She did order me back to the gym...in-person if I can wear a mask. I'd love to re-start personal training, but L.A. Fitness requires a 3x/wk x 2-yr commitment, to which Bob said "no way." It works, but is quite expensive and ran up a huge credit card bill back in the day. (Had to quit when I broke my arm & wrist--then when I wanted to re-start, my trainer had moved out-of-state to become an occupational therapist; the day I was to meet with the manager was the day everything shut down for the pandemic). I still pay a reduced rate to use the facilities--including pools at branches that havr them. What I will do is find my training log book, see what apparatus I'd been using and what settings had been "square one." Silver Sneakers is not happening for me, though--it's in the morning and I am not a morning person. Online is a possibility too. Meanwhile, I have some home stuff: stationary bike & treadmill for cardio, hand weights (2-10 lbs) and resistance cords.
I also applied for counseling--for stress relief and cancerphobia/scanxiety. Today makes three weeks since my blood draw for three genetic panels: an updated expanded BRCA/PALB2, melanoma-specific, and Lynch Syndrome (especially a rare subset called Muir-Torre, because I get sebaceous hyperplasias). My future medical management may depend on the results of any of the above. Bob thinks that at 70, though, prophylactic surgeries and annual colonoscopy would be overkill.
I am thinking of one type of elective surgery, however: podiatric, to remove a large and exquisitely painful callus at the tip of one toe--it actually has lengthened the toe. It makes wearing socks torture--on Sat., after we bought our iPhones, my toe was throbbing so badly as we sat at (a near-empty) Buffalo Wild Wings watching the Derby that I had to dash to the restroom to remove my socks and stuff them into my shopping bag. Both of my podiatrists have retired, though. I'd even entertained the idea of consulting with the two famous Seattle podiatrists Drs. Huppin & Hale--but WA is back on Chicago's "$#*+ list" due to higher positivity rates. Bummer--was going to combine it with a visit to my godson, whose wife is >6 mos. along, as well as all the cool places I remember from when we lived there in the '70s. Yeah, I know that as a fully-vaccinated person I am exempt from having to test or quarantine upon my return home, but why take chances? The PNW seems to be experiencing a worrisome spike again.
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....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)