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Sep 4, 2020 07:08AM
Eigna, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with what appears to be a stubborn infection. It sounds frustrating to see some, but not complete, resolution. As others have pointed out it can take a while for the abx to work, and In some cases trying different abx until you hit on the right one. It’s hard not to go to a dark place after our diagnosis, though - but it sounds like you’re on the right track with more antibiotics and a biopsy. Please do let us know how that turns out.
You asked if anyone had struggled with an infection, and I can tell you I did, a few years ago after my DIEP. I spent a couple weeks in-and-out of the hospital, multiple different antibiotics, and eventually a two-week at-home course of IV abx (I had my port) for an antibiotic-resistant super-bug. It was both frustrating and scary, and I sometimes wondered if I was dealing with something “more” than an infection. Eventually it all resolved, it just took time.
Hang in there; it’s okay to be thoughtful and concerned, try not to panic and freak out though. Our treatments can leave our bodies vulnerable to a host of infectious agents just waiting to hop in and take over. It takes time to heal, and this infection might take a little longer than you want it to.
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11/22/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
12/5/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
1/19/2012 AC + T (Taxol)
6/12/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
1/27/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
2/15/2016 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left
3/1/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
7/21/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap
1/31/2017, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone