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Oct 15, 2021 07:14PM
Oct 16, 2021 07:30AM
Rita - Thanks for updating us all; it's good to hear how you are doing.
Sorry if I made it sound like with radiation you would be totally naked - not true. You will likely be bare from the waist up for part of the time. Hope that clarifies a bit. Sounds like some places let you ask for only women, etc. I had to ask to be covered when not absolutely necessary, but they complied.
Also, I don't want to harp on this, not trying to force anything on you, but you do continue to talk about what you might be able to eat, so just this once again, I'm going to mention the FoodForBreastCancer site that I told you about before. You said that you had bookmarked it and might look at it later. She does note on that site different foods that are good for different kinds of cancer, e.g. triple negative, ER+, so you might want to take a look at it. She does offer some info from studies that show some foods working better for triple negative than others. Again, please only look at the site if you are truly interested and feel like it and I won't mention it again.
Also wanted to say, that like you, I can sometimes be called "negative" when I think I'm just being realistic, so I understand completely. I think there is a difference though between depressive, Debbie Downer, negativity and "realism". I think I am more of a "realist" than a "negative" person and you probably are too. I think your husband is probably just wanting to cheer you up and on and likely means well in stating that things look better to him than they do to you (you know him though, and I don't).
Almost forgot! Re all the needle sticks. It's part of the cancer deal. I don't have bad veins thank goodness, but I am a horrible needle phobe. Ask one of your doctors if they would prescribe some lidocaine cream for you (some call it EMLA cream). It comes in a tube and you can slather it on the places where they do blood draws (inside of elbow, etc) before they do the draw and it really numbs the area and helps big time in my opinion. You put it on thickly and cover it with Tegaderm or plastic wrap (whatever you have) until it's time for the needle stick. They can wipe it off when they do the alcohol prep before the needle stick. Some medical people have no idea what it is and find it weird and others know all about it and think it's great.
I was first given the lidocaine cream for my chemo port, because those needle sticks are really something else. I read about it on this board though, and no one at the medical places ever told me about it. I had to ask and then they were more than happy to prescribe for me. They also told me how to use it, but oddly they never offered it up front. I'm a big baby about needles and kinda/sorta embarrassed about using the cream for all the needle sticks, but I've decided I just don't care! It helps a lot. Apparently they use it at the children's hospital here a lot, but many medical people think of it being just for kids. Well since I'm a "baby" about needle sticks, it's for me too! I used it before both my Covid shots, and I've used it before IV's and blood draws and any other needle sticks. It really makes a difference - just make sure you've got at least a good hour between the time you put it on and the time they use the needle. One time I knew I would be getting an IV, but didn't know where, so I put it on in three different locations ahead of time. They only used one spot, but I just wiped off the others.
Sorry for the length, but wanted to share a few things.