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May 31, 2017 09:15AM
Well, the side effects have been adding up!!! After a few days of the fiery diarrhea (I finally had enuf and did the OTC meds and stopped it), I was feeling pretty good. Then I got a weird rash under the breast that had the tumor. Trip to the doctor ASAP. Diagnosis: SHINGLES!! Okay, so I got antivirals, treated it topically with my CBD hemp oil tincture twice a day, and it's very much under control.
But meanwhile, something brewed in my head...I started getting a mild ear ache in my right ear, and mild sore throat on the right side, off and on. Pretty minor stuff, I could deal with it. But noooo, my teeth decided to get involved. Seriously bad pain!!! Right side, top and bottom, either/or and often both hurting at the same time. I even had to break out some old narcotics for a little relief.
Okay...got on the phone with the nurse from the cancer center, called my dentist, was on the fence about what to do. Then fate stepped in and made the decision for me. 4pm and i had to pee. yup, you guessed it-- PAIN!!! Groan. So, more phone calls, and I finally got an appointment with my primary care physician for the next day (today). But was never gonna survive that long, so I held my knees together and raced to the store for some AZO maximum strength urinary pain relief cranberry extract tablets with anesthetic added. Was so desperate I took the first dose in the parking lot with some nasty warm water that had been in the sun all day--AACK!! But that stuff is amazing. The AZO, not the warm water. By the next time i peed a couple hours later, no pain, no more urgency, no more of that weird uncomfortable feeling "down there." Thank heavens!!! And a bonus perk: bright orange pee!
So who knows what the heck is wrong with me all together. I spoke with the cancer center again this morning and they said to just let the PCP do whatever tests she needs--probably only urine test for white blood cells and infection. She said there's nothing they can do for a viral infection if I've got cold. They said the PCP should go ahead and prescribe antibiotics if that's what's needed, and i should go ahead and show up for my next scheduled chemo appointment on Monday.
My poor mom-- she just had eye surgery yesterday morning and is in a lot of pain, and on top of it she's having to deal with learning about all these crazy side effects i'm having (we live together). She finally reached top level of freak-out mode and sent me out on a pizza and Ben and Jerry's reconoissance run last night!!!
Oh, the party never stops around here!
3/30/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
4/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
5/15/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes