Topic: Well HERE's a freaky story...

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Posted on: Aug 28, 2022 11:18AM

Posted on: Aug 28, 2022 11:18AM

sugarplum wrote:

Our new puppy gifted me with a flea bite on my right hand (my right arm being devoid of 20 lymph nodes, mind you) which within days turned into cellulitis. A couple of days later, my fake right hip started hurting. Since artificial joints are magnets for infection, I of course immediately assumed the worst. 10 days on Doxycycline cleared me of all symptoms, but within a week the hip pain/stiffness returned and I spent the next 3 weeks trying to convince my medical community that it needed to be checked out. When I finally wangled a hip aspiration, the fluid revealed - you guessed it - staph. This necessitated immediate hip revision surgery followed by 6 weeks of oral and IV antibiotics, to be followed by another oral antibiotic FOR LIFE. I breezed through the surgery but the meds are ravaging my digestive system. My poor husband has to administer my IV on a brutal schedule of 6 am, 2 pm and 10 pm daily (we're trying to think of it as a bonding experience, but are not quite convinced!)

It just goes to show that life can take a turn at any moment - who'd have thought that 16 years after a IIIC diagnosis it would be a little flea that would take me down???

You just can't make this stuff up...Julie

Keep calm and carry on.... Dx 4/28/2006, IDC, Right, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 10/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/6/2006 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 7/5/2006 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/30/2006 Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 12/17/2006 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 1/10/2007 Whole breast: Breast
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Aug 28, 2022 05:00PM bong wrote:

Blessings sugarplum! You are an inspiration

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Aug 28, 2022 09:08PM ausykaren wrote:

Oh Julie, I hoped you were better by now. Take care

Dx 2/2017, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 11/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 29, 2022 06:15AM rah2464 wrote:

Sugarplum wow what an unbelievable situation. Thank goodness you pushed your doctors to check that hip. I am so very sorry you are having to deal with this. Bless you

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/27/2018 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 30, 2022 05:50AM oldladyblue wrote:

Wow. That is a heck-uv-a-story... I wish there was an easy way out of this situation for you. Gosh, I hope somehow your digestive system gets back on track. Your story reminds me to take better care of myself, I still have digestion issues from chemo, and need to get back on my probiotics, etc. Thank you for sharing. I do believe in miracles, I hope one finds you.

Surgery 7/1/2021 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/8/2021 Other Radiation Therapy 1/4/2022 Whole breast: Left breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/10/2022 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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