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Topic: Home repair question

Forum: Humor and Games — Breast cancer is no laughing matter, but sometimes a good joke or a game is the best medicine.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2012 06:27AM - edited Mar 14, 2012 06:29AM by Charles_Pelkey

Charles_Pelkey wrote:

Since I started chemo last summer, I let a number of important home maintenance issues slip through the cracks. Now that I am done, I am noticing a lot of critical problems that I need to address.

Most of them, like re-roofing the front porch - are easy and should go quickly. I do have one problem, though, that I can't seem to resolve. It involves the bathroom ... particularly the mirror. Seems since I started chemo, the mirror has, somehow, been damaged. How else can explain the fact that whenever I look into it, there's this really old dude looking back at me?

Should I replace the mirror?  

Charles F. Pelkey Dx 7/27/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/4/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 8/10/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/8/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 1/15/2012
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Mar 14, 2012 06:37AM tedwilliams wrote:

That should be the first on your list of repairs.....

Jana 

Dx 6/16/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, 1/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/2/2009 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 12/3/2009 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2010 Radiation Therapy 1/10/2010 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/11/2010 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 8/9/2010 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 5/12/2013 Reconstruction (right): IGAP flap Surgery 9/3/2014 Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap
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Mar 14, 2012 06:38AM fitzdc wrote:

You made me chuckle  - thanks!  Once when I came out of a store I saw a sad, frumpy looking woman looking at me.  It took a few seconds to realize it was a mirror and that sad woman was me.

Teresa Original diagnosis on 9/27 of DCIS - Stage 0 grade 3; UMX on 12/1 Surgery 12/1/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Dx 12/11/2011, IDC, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 3/15/2012 Surgery 6/13/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/13/2012 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Mar 14, 2012 06:38AM fredntan wrote:

don't replace, I have same problem with mine, cept I see old lady. was thinking of putting sheet over it.

MBC bone mets, afinitor,aromasin,xgeva Dx 8/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/9/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 3/29/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/8/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 4/3/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Dx 10/2013, Stage IV, mets Chemotherapy 11/20/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Hormonal Therapy
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Mar 14, 2012 06:41AM jacee wrote:

Oh don't worry about that old guy....he's harmless. His wife visited me for awhile. They only take up  residence for awhile, don't eat much, don't say much, and before you know....they're gone!!

Thanks for the smile Smile

My body has cancer, my spirit does not! Dx 4/27/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/4/2009 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 6/5/2009 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 7/5/2009 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2010 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 2/11/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 9/8/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 10/8/2011 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Mar 14, 2012 07:13AM Leah_S wrote:

Funny, Charles, my mirror started to give me problems even before my dx. Then I figured it out - there's this crazy old lady hiding out in my house, and every time I go to look in the mirror she jumps in front of me.

Lately she's started sneaking into my kitchen when I'm not there and tightening all the bottle lids....

Leah

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 14, 2012 07:17AM Marple wrote:

What a sense of humour you have.  And it's not just American mirrors that do this.  We have the same type in Canada.  I find it helps not to wear my glasses. 

Dx 2006, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 14, 2012 07:18AM momof3boys wrote:

Hmmmmm I suggest putting on your sunglasses before looking in that mirror! Works for me! :-))

BMX w TE reconstruction 11/11/11, 4 TC, 3/12, 25 Rads 5/12 Tamoxifin 6/12, Prophalactic hysterectomy 12/18/12, Oncotype 16 Dx 10/14/2011, ILC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 14, 2012 07:20AM - edited Mar 14, 2012 07:21AM by Charles_Pelkey

I have noticed that since chemo, I have never complained about the mirror getting steamed up when I take a shower. I just slip on my robe and try to get the hell out of there before the fog clears.

Charles F. Pelkey Dx 7/27/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/4/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 8/10/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/8/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 1/15/2012
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Mar 14, 2012 07:24AM claireinaz wrote:

Charles,

Ha ha, I don't turn the light on in the bathroom so I don't have to see this scarred up, scared, white-haired (chemo-hair) woman staring back.  Do you think I should remove my bathroom light altogether?

Claire

9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen/arimidex/aromasin, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
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Mar 14, 2012 07:26AM Marple wrote:

Put the mirror on the porch roof.  Two problems solved at once.

Dx 2006, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 17, 2012 02:28PM omg333 wrote:

In the morning, i don't go near any mirrors for awhile...then when i do approach "it", my eye's almost shut...i stand back also....then very, very slowly, i get closer and closer..well, that's when i bolt! 

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Aug 28, 2012 11:29PM susan3 wrote:

tape a picture of george clooney up there, that should do the trick ..lol

i pretend i look like a victory secret model. the secret is not to look..lol

Live and love fully Dx 3/2001, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, 40/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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