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Mar 3, 2018 04:22PM
Thanks for the exercise links. I'm definitely going to try to move my arms more. I also need to walk more.
I think I'm going to send an email to my PS asking what stepdown OTC drugs I can substitute for the Oxy. I'm very sore, but not in excrutiating pain or anything, so I don't think I'll need the big guns past today. I especially hate that after taking one, I'm out like a light for an hour or 2. I've successfully extended the time between pills by 1.5 hours but would rather take something without codeine as soon as possible.
My drains are still capturing a lot of fluid, so I kind of doubt I'll be able to get them removed on Thursday because I have to be 3 consecutive days under 30mL total. I'm glad I only have 2 drains to deal with, but they are a minor PITA. I also have a major backache from laying down all the time.
I'm starting back on the Nioxin, and am happy with the growth so far. I still think it'll be 3 months before I'll walk out without a cap on, less if I can find someone to color it.
The upside to all this: my complexion is beautiful. I suffered from acne my whole life, but now it's peaches and cream. Of course, I also have a whole bunch of peach fuzz growing, too, so maybe it won't last,but I'm enjoying the no-makeup lifestyle. And I know that I'll enjoy the no bra lifestyle, too!
BTW, I looked at my new foobs and they are a mess right now. The scar across my chest where they removed the nipple is like something out of a Frankenstein novel, and the implants are mushed here and there. I'm hopeful that once the swelling goes down, I'll be happier with them! Right now they itch like a mother, and I'm already feeling phantom pains from my ghost nipples. Very, very strange.
2brandy, I think that the Herceptin ladies should all have HER+ in their profile. I'm TN so no targeted treatment is available yet for me.
Agatha, the Nuclear Medicine place was in a different building than where I had surgery, but at least it was on the same campus. I'd pay good money to see you transported down 1st avenue with a bullhorn. Good luck with your lumpectomy! I hope it's a smashing success.
HikerVa, I've showered twice since surgery. I removed the compression garment and gauze and the rest was covered in steri-strips and glue. I was really happy to get rid of that compression garment, though, and move on to a soft-cup bra. 5/26 will get here before you know it, and hopefully you'll be all healed up in time to enjoy the rest of the summer.
Petey, keep walking and moving around to try and help with the neuropathy. I walked 2 to 3 miles as often as I could after my chemo ended, and my neuropathy is nearly gone. I also played the air piano a lot to help with the hands.
Sara, You are in the home stretch!
"Fear is not an option. Never be a victim." -Diane von Furstenberg's Mom, a Holocaust survivor. **Note: Stage is 1A (old method) or 1B (new 2018 method)
9/25/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
10/3/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
2/28/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant