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Nov 24, 2021 03:44PM
Nov 24, 2021 03:48PM
Carole, those little shallow steps & threshholds are sneaky devils, aren't they? One of my worst back strains happened as I stepped off a curb in Seattle--it was steeper than it looked. For the knee? Ice, ice, baby--and elevate (toes above nose, as the English orthopedic surgery nurse who founded Bonesmart.org says).
Judy, I hadn't realized you have dense breasts (but stands to reason, since you're slender). For at least the past couple of years, ultrasound after mammogram has been standard-of-care for women with dense breasts. Dr. W. was wise to order one for you. My BS (his partner) discharged me a couple of years ago, but says if I ever want my L breast reduced, she's willing. My mammo is coming up in a bit over 2 weeks. I'm back to "annual bilateral screening" mammos.
I envy those who can have "Calgon moments." I haven't been able to sit down & climb out of a tub in years (not even with the heavy-duty rail along the wall above my bathtub). Strictly showers for me---the only hot tubs I can use are those at spas, with steps & side rails. Bob is considering ditching the tub for a walk-in, but I think we have more pressing home-improvement projects: new windows; shore up or replace the creaking risers on our interior staircase; re-plaster several cracked ceilings (and replace a sagging suspended one) upstairs; interior re-paint most rooms; weatherproof the front room where I spend most of my time (so I wouldn't have to bundle up indoors in sub-freezing winters); re-wire a circuit in the front room; new GFCI outlets in the bsthrooms; exterior trim re-paint; shore up the (detached) garage's back wall, etc. And before we do most of the interior work, clear out tons & tons of accumulated stuff--especially obsolete books, peripheral cables & software. Not a hoarder, but still a pack rat.
Warmed up to 52F today--good thing, as it was my mani-pedi day and I had to wear flip-flops. The blackened nail on the toe I'd apparently fractured when I stubbed it on the rear wheel of my Rollator (which I needed to get around the house last month for a bad back strain) limited my choice of toenail polish colors. My nail salon doesn't carry Chanel's iconic "Cerise Noir" (more of an aubergine), but I'm now sporting an iridescent deep purple.
I was reading the NYT's quiz "We're Having a Holiday Gathering: Are We Nuts?" last night and was flabbergasted to read how many fully-vaxed and boostered people, even masked, are avoiding chatting with friends on walks outdoors, dining out or shopping; and still getting everything delivered. The "Well" columnist authoring the quiz says she doesn't eat inside restaurants and keeps her shopping to a minimum. Perhaps she lives in a COVID hot spot (NYC certainly isn't, but since the advent of online journalism reporters & columnists no longer have to reside where their newspapers are headquartered) or where outdoor dining is possible year-round. She suggests everyone keep a boatload of rapid tests on hand and thinks that for indoor gatherings, daily testing (literally, between the car and the front door) is more important than indoor masking. Agree to disagree. (Of course, Chicago's case counts have been rising but nowhere near as much as downstate). We dine in restaurants that require masking (limits us to "liberal" neighborhoods & suburbs, which is fine by me).
Last year at this time we were getting only takeout, and didn't dine in a restaurant till my 70th birthday in late January (when Bob was fully-vaxed and I was about to get my first shot), and in a ventilated heated tent at that. What a difference a year makes! It's heated-tent "outdoor" dining season again, but we don't find that any safer than being indoors--with good ventilation, more distance between tables, and everyone masked except while actively eating & drinking. There is no such thing as a completely risk-free social experience, but we do need to weigh risks and decide which ones are worth it and how best to mitigate them.
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)