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Dec 2, 2012 02:24AM
If your husband says you are overdoing it, you probably are. It's difficult to dial back when you are used to taking care of others, not yourself. This is the time to take care of yourself. Keep your elbows tucked to your side before you try reaching for something. If you can't reach, get help. You should be able to raise your arms up to shoulder level or maybe higher- with nothing in your hands. Did you get any information on exercises? Are you sleeping propped up? Does that help? Keep using your incentive spirometer. Were you on antibiotics? Is your cough dry or moist (coughing up sputum?) (Sorry, I've put my nurse's cap on) I would suggest that you keep taking your pain pills and back off on the activity. If you don't feel better, maybe check with your oncologist- he/she should be able to check your lungs to make sure you don't have something going on in your lungs. Have you had any fills yet?
It's pits your PS has poor communication skills, but she has been hired by you. You deserve time and answers to your concerns. I would suggest, for your next appointment, you write down everything you want to discuss and not leave until you have your answers. I know how emotionally fragile we are at this point in treatment, so you may want to consider having someone go with you to the appointment that can help you stand firm. That person could help the PS keep on task if you should have another melt-down.
If you want, you might come over to the November 2012 surgery group. There is a wide range of experience there and you certainly fit the "criteria" of a November surgery
Hope you have a better day.
"Just live your life so that every morning, when you plant your feet on the floor beside your bed, the devil gets a cold chill and says, 'Oh CRAP' She's awake.'" Original diagnosis 2/7/12-mucinous carcinoma.
2/7/2012, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/5/2012, ILC, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/5/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel
6/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
11/16/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
7/26/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction