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Jan 7, 2020 05:13PM
Jan 7, 2020 09:08PM
I'm a little late with my suggestions, but I think this is a great topic!
I moved everything I might need after surgery to lower shelves and got a step stool to better reach items I forgot to move down. A reacher/grabber pickup tool was invaluable. Who knew it'd be so hard to get things out of the washer after surgery?
I learned about No Rinse Shampoo Caps while in the hospital. They are available in packages of 5 on Amazon. This is not a dry shampoo. You put the cap on (warm it first in the microwave if you want), massage your scalp through the cap, remove the cap and dry your hair! They are wonderful and, to me, felt much better than a dry shampoo.
A friend of mine came by almost everyday to help me walk my dogs (I have 4 dachshunds). I felt better and safer having someone walk with me, and it was so nice to have the company for a set time each day.
A friend of a friend put me in touch with her daughter who had just had a mastectomy a few months earlier. I learned so much talking with her! She listened to and laid to rest many of my fears about my surgery and educated me on what to expect afterwards. Later, I received a wonderful care package from her that included soft knit caps for my bald head, an adult (not x-rated, but for adults) coloring book and colored pencils, fuzzy socks, and a large print word search puzzle book. Her kindness meant so much to me.
A friend, who drove me to chemo, always hung around everything was hooked up and started. Then, she'd take my picture as I held up my fingers to indicate what number chemo it was. She made a video as I rang the bell and celebrated with the nurses, staff and other patients after I finished my last chemo. The pictures were easy to post on Social Media. I didn't have to write much of a comment to go with the picture. A simple "2 down, 4 to go!" was enough. he pictures also gave me a record of how I looked as chemo progressed.
I don't know what I would have done without my dogs while I recovered. I lost my spouse 8 months before I was diagnosed and had moved to a new neighborhood a week before surgery (one of the many adjustments I had to make living on one income after 25 years of living on two incomes). My sweet pups gave me "Healing Cuddles," were there when I needed them, and stayed away when I didn't feel like having them with me. Dogs and cats can be so therapeutic
12/6/1999, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/6/1999 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
4/29/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
6/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)