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Topic: So...whats for dinner?

Forum: Life After Breast Cancer —

Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 03:28PM

Laurie08 wrote:

I thought it might be fun to start a thread on what we are having, making or had for dinner.  Sometimes it is the best tuna steak you ever had, sometimes it's a can of soup.  But we all do it every night in some form or another.  Maybe we can give each other ideas on what to make, or bitch about what we had, or the fact that we did enjoy that grilled cheese with tomato soup. 

Every night my husband comes home and says "whats for dinner?"  no matter what I say he always says "sounds good!"  even if I say it's a 'fend for yourself night'. :)

Bilateral Mastectomy on 6/30/10 Exchange surgery 1/10/11 Dx 4/22/2010, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Apr 7, 2021 06:14AM carolehalston wrote:

The dinner out to eat some boiled crawfish was a bummer as far as the purpose. We entered Orlando's and saw a sign, Out of Boiled Crawfish. So we stayed anyway and had a typical fried seafood dinner that was quite good. DH had a treat. Onion rings that were described on the menu as fresh made. He liked them and ate the whole half order with remoulade sauce.

Now the big question. What's for dinner tonight? All my choices seem repetitious. I may get the chili mac out of the freezer.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 7, 2021 06:52AM SpecialK wrote:

Hey all - have been somewhat AWOL, due to too much cooking and not enough time to post combined with quite an intense reaction to my second Pfizer vaccine last Thursday. Typical arm discomfort but definitely flu-like symptoms - or what I imagine to be the flu as I have never had it or a flu shot - and I was down for the count for about 48 solid hours. If it means my immune system is working overtime I am totally for it!

I just read the path report of my arm with the possible shingles. Can't rule shingles out but it appears to be as an allergic drug reaction - I go tomorrow to the derm so I am hoping he has additional info. He warned that they may have some trouble identifying for sure since I had taken anti-viral meds before the biopsy. Unfortunately, I also have a dirty margin on the four inch incision that still has stitches so I think they will either excise further tomorrow or schedule that - not sure. I have had stitches in my back for four weeks now and I am over it!

DD and her new beau came for dinner on both Sat and Easter - Sat was ribeyes on the grill with a salad of butter lettuce, red pear, pecans, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette, a new recipe of smashed Brussels sprouts which everyone liked and I will repeat, garlic and parmesan egg noodles, strawberry pie, and hot artichoke heart dip with Triscuits as an app. Sunday for Easter we had maple glazed spiral ham, au gratin potatoes, deviled eggs, roasted asparagus, whiskey glazed carrots, and a lemon coconut cake. Dinners since have been leftovers of all of that but I am finally out of those - except ham and cake - so I need to cook tonight. I also need to stop eating cake.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 7, 2021 07:49AM carolehalston wrote:

SpecialK, you are the only person in my acquaintance who had a reaction to the 2nd vaccine shot. Sorry about the bad margins. As usual, your meals sound sumptuous.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 7, 2021 12:29PM - edited Apr 7, 2021 12:31PM by ChiSandy

Both Bob & I had typical reactions to our second shots (Pfizer & Moderna, respectively). Bob's, the next day was a bit worse--100.5F fever, mild nausea, myalgias & arthralgias. But 2 Tylenol knocked that out w/in a couple of hours and he was totally fine the next morning. Mine kicked in the morning after: not-quite-fever (99.5), intermittent chills (it was cold in the house), headache & slight myalgias. Waited till bedtime, took the Tylenol and was fine the next morning.

Special, hope all you had was an allergy--and that re-excision cleans up the margins. In your pocket for that.

Illimae, that salad looks wonderful. Can't do flatbreads or grain-based pizzas (especially now that I too often give in to bedtime carb-cravings). Last night, I'd planned to reheat the prime rib from Sun. night, but Bob brought home a huge 12-bone rack of St. Louis ribs from Costco. I had two, he had six (!). Gonna split the leftovers tonight with the prime rib. For veg., a Caprese and (if it stops raining) grill spring onions and the remaining asparagus.

Speaking of Caprese, my hydroponic basil plant (grown from seed) is lush and getting rootbound, but I'm not sure how to re-pot it without giving it transplant shock (which happened to my HK's plant). Will call the nursery that sold me the kit and ask for their advice. Maybe they have a larger hydroponic planter & growth medium.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 7, 2021 01:45PM SpecialK wrote:

I ate at someone else’s house for the first time in over a year today - my neighbor two doors down - at a big table with four vaccinated neighbors for a birthday for one. I brought a salad duo - one half Greek orzo, the other a green salad with roasted corn and asparagus, green onion, and hazelnuts. A row of shrimp is in the middle so they could be added to either salad if desired.


It was nice to spend a little time together again!

carole - thanks! Wish I could share a meal with you! My BIL and my son both also had pretty intense reactions to their second Moderna, DH only had a sore arm from his second Pfizer. I am feeling back to normal now but am very curious to see what my derm says about the skin reaction path results. That originally happened at the one week point after my first injection, I am curious if it will flare after this one. Will prob happen the day after I see the doc - that is usually how I roll...

chisandy - thanks for being in my pocket! I am wondering if I was allergic to a vaccine ingredient, or something else altogether that was coincidentally timed. Who knows. After I get some clarification from the derm tomorrow I will likely report to the VAERS reporting tool if he thinks it is warranted.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 7, 2021 05:40PM illimae wrote:

Thanks Sandy, I love my big salad and usually insist on making it myself if salad is suggested.

Special, that food looks great! I want some too.

Tonight is baked cod, with a boxed rice pilaf and sautéed asparagus.


Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/1/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/22/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/21/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/16/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 7, 2021 07:32PM MinusTwo wrote:

Nance - I simmered the rest of the "less than great" Lobster Ravioli (w/no lobster pieces) with leftover Raos sauce. Dinner was yummy, but probably just because of the Raos.

Special - hope the derm appointment is good news - or at least controllable.

Demo starts tomorrow. Guest bedroom ceiling first since it's the worst, then most of the kitchen ceiling comes down too. I've run out of places to move stuff.

Not sure when I'll have to dismantale my desk top computer (I have no laptop or tablet) so I'll read when I can.


2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 7, 2021 09:58PM - edited Apr 7, 2021 10:00PM by ChiSandy

I was told to report any reaction--not just a severe or unusual one--to the VAERS database. (Still dawdling about it). The reason is that it is a database being built for future reference & research. I reported my first Shingrix reaction (that huge spreading bright red itchy patch), when the database was in its infancy.

Special, congrats on having enough vaccinated friends you can finally visit. My BFFs got their second Pfizer shots yesterday and our son got his today. Another friend becomes gets his second Moderna this Fri. and thus becomes fully-vaccinated on 4/23 (my concert's "air" date). So the next night after that when both Bob & Gordy are not working, I will finally be able to have my entire social circle over--even indoors and unmasked.

Our 50th anniversary is 6/27, and we were hoping to be able to throw a party at Cellars (where Bob had his 70th birthday party in 2019 but I of course couldn't have my own this past January). But the county is talking about shutting down indoor restaurant dining again, now that all those idiot Gen-Z & millennials with more money than brains are causing cases to rise again. (Note: there is a difference between responsible--especially vaccinated--adults carefully dining masked & distanced and obeying mitigation rules, vs. selfish drunk kids crowding around maskless in bars--not to mention all those clandestine dance parties. So they're bored & fatigued? Well, tough s--t: so are we, but we aren't spiking the ball on the 10-yard line. They're the ones keeping life from ever getting back to normal).

Dinner was leftovers: reheated Sunday's prime rib & sides (au gratin potatoes & creamed spinach), and yesterday's leftover ribs foil-wrapped on the cool side of the grill; on the hot side, directly-grilled spring onions & balsamic-marinated asparagus, supplemented with heirloom tomato & basil salad (not a true Caprese, as with the beef & ribs there was plenty of protein without throwing cheese into the mix). My 16-oz. "king cut" of prime rib fed three: I ate a third of it Sun. night and we split the other 2/3 tonight.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 8, 2021 05:36AM carolehalston wrote:

The chili mac was good the second time around, having been frozen in the interval. I added some grated bagged cheese. DH made a salad. It's good to know a pasta casserole can be frozen.

I worked in the yard for several hours yesterday and was tired afterwards so an easy meal was welcome.

We may have hamburgers again tonight. I have two of the bakery buns in the freezer. And sweet potatoes for oven fries.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 8, 2021 06:31AM auntienance wrote:

Special, best of luck with your derm appointment. Four weeks is a long time for stitches. Hope you can get that resolved. When I had carpal tunnel surgery, before I had the stitches removed, the skin had grown around them. That was fun getting those stitches out.

About half of my friends and family had a reaction to some degree to the second shot - all of them Moderna. We had Pfizer and had none. Missouri is experiencing the same rise in cases among that age group for the same reasons. However, unlike Illinois, Missouri’s response is “Let’s open up more stuff!” There has never been a mask mandate. Our illustrious governor (and I use the term loosely) said “If you want to wear a dang mask wear a dang mask!” Thankfully there are merchants who require them and most people are compliant.

It’s a cool day today, after a string of summer like hot days. I have a hambone and buttermilk so it sounds like ham and beans with cornbread for dinner. Unfortunately that requires a trip to the store for navy beans. It’s always something.
Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/21/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/24/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/2/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 8, 2021 12:06PM eric95us wrote:

In line for the J&J shot and the computer system quit working. So everyone is having to wait until it gets working again. Sigh.....

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Apr 8, 2021 08:51PM Reader425 wrote:

Last night was mini meatloves with leftover Easter coleslaw and scalloped potatoes. Tonight was baked salmon I seasoned along with a baked potato and mixed veggies. I didn't sleep well and had a zooming afternoon, so easy was key.

Special our Easter dinner was nearly identical. Hurray for deviled eggs! Hope your derm procedure goes well.

Carole chili mac sounds good. Needs to come back on my rotation.

Dx 9/11/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/29/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/3/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 9, 2021 06:04AM carolehalston wrote:

I was influenced by Nance's post and ended up cooking half a lb. of navy beans with a link of andouille sausage. Served over brown rice with a large tossed salad.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 9, 2021 07:34AM - edited Apr 9, 2021 07:36AM by SpecialK

auntie - to clarify, it was the first incision with stitches for two weeks, then on the day those were removed a second cancer was excised a couple inches to the left of the first one, and new stitches in that one for two weeks. Those were removed yesterday - but were difficult to remove, as were the couple of stitches in the arm biopsy area. I either spit stitches or won't give them up - apparently when it comes to stitches I am a a person of extremes, lol! I ended up with a large suture granuloma at the site of my tumor, it was big enough that it was displacing my implant and showed up on a PET scan. I have no new stitches as of yet - yay! The fix for the dirty margin is a MOHS just in that small area - also yay! So these incisions look like a big number eleven on my shoulder. My DS has a 9/11 tattoo in the middle of his back with the Pentagon around the date and a red/white/blue fire helmet, DD suggested I have a nine carved next to my eleven so I could match him. She's a card, that one.

No dinner last night, DH attended a reception at the commander's house for a congressional delegation from across the country. I did make him a little ham sandwich when he got home - long work day for him, he left the house at 6am, returned at 9pm. I found the cutest red potatoes on my last grocery shop, they are smaller than a grape! I made potato salad out of them with a sour cream/mayo dressing with salt pepper and dill. I want to try them again and roast them - I found that they seem to be more dense and really held their shape after boiling - I halved them. I usually use petite red potatoes and cut them up in sort of bite sized pieces for faster cooking. This leaves some of them in the cut shape but others crumble a bit, which is a texture I like in combination for potato salad.

eric - success?

chisandy - yes, it was fortunate that everyone was vaccinated, right? It was nice to feel "normal" for a few minutes! I bet you are looking forward to having your group together. I haven't seen my son in 18 months, and my Cali based BFF 15 months. My DS is vaccinated and we may travel to see him later this summer, but my BFF has postponed two trips here already. She has received her first Moderna and gets the second in about two weeks. Funny story - she signed up on some waiting lists for vaccination spots available from no-shows because she just turned 62 and her age group was still not eligible. She had just stepped out of the shower and got a phone call - can you be here in 5 mins? She said yes, threw on some random outfit and ran out the door to get there before closing! I am still not ready for indoor dining - for the reasons you mention above. And...Florida... I have seen some older adults also acting the fool though - yesterday at the derm there was a lady reading her phone in the waiting area with her mask dangling from one ear - what? When I was getting my second vaccine some guy removed his mask so he could cough in his hand - I thought sir, you are confused as to the purpose of the mask...sheesh!

minus - you and your home repair/reno are in my thoughts!

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 9, 2021 02:24PM eric95us wrote:

Yes. All done with that. Both of us have felt better than we do right now.

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Apr 9, 2021 04:06PM auntienance wrote:

Oh Eric, so sorry about that. At least you only have to get one.

Special, your poor back certainly has tales to tell lol.

Grilled pork steaks and corn on the cob tonight. First of the season and my expectations are not high.

Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/21/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/24/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/2/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 9, 2021 07:28PM SpecialK wrote:

eric - oh no! The good news, the malaise doesn’t last long. Hope you both feel better quickly.

auntie - as does my front, lol! I’m a fleepin’ road map

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 9, 2021 08:09PM - edited Apr 10, 2021 01:35AM by WC3

I'm not anywhere near the chef that anyone is here. Luckily I live near a great kabob place. I had chicken with rice, shirazi salad (marinated cucumbers and tomato), pita, hummus and a Greek salad.

Pathologic complete response (pCR) to chemotherapy. Dx 2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 6/1/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 9, 2021 08:48PM eric95us wrote:

Me too... I feel like I am getting a man cold! :-) And, my ears are ringing ????. I'm guessing though that this "blah" feeling is far less bothersome than the irritation caused by the excisions and sutures! That's got to be a problem when sitting down to relax or to drive.

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Apr 10, 2021 05:54AM carolehalston wrote:

Last night's dinner was leftover barbecue rib meat and coleslaw on bun, extra coleslaw for salad and sweet potato oven fries. Easy and tasty.

We had a storm system move through, starting in the after midnight hours and just now ending. I don't remember our having so many spring storms but maybe my memory isn't reliable.

I had one day of feeling tired and blah after my second shot. DH played golf and didn't feel any flu symptoms.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 10, 2021 09:10AM SpecialK wrote:

WC3 - yay for nearby kabobs, all of that food sounds good to me!

eric - hope your SE from the shot are dunzo quickly and your ears stop ringing! Ugh! How is Sharon? The incisions I have are far enough over on the shoulder that driving is ok - not that I am going anywhere, lol! The worst is trying to find a comfy sleeping position since I am a side sleeper, but it is better now that the stitches are out. I have a reprieve until the end of the month when the derm removes the residual spot. Fortunately it will be smaller than the original wide excision. I had three done in this two week span approach a few years ago and they were mid-back - that was definitely more challenging. Also totally ridiculous to try and bandage myself - I used a new and sterilized pair of lizard feeding tongs to position the bandage and barely stick it on, then a small towel rubbed over the spot to really attach it. Removing a bandage was like being a contortionist. First world problems.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 10, 2021 05:52PM eric95us wrote:

I'm close enough back to normal that I can hide the remaining fatigue well enough. The tinnitus is all gone, which is good, as, to me, that was worse than the fatigue. Sharon is feeling better as well.

The couple coming over for the bluegrass jam tonight is a recently retired husband and wife team. He was the veterinarian and she ran the practice. I'll have to tell him about the new uses for the lizard feeding tongs. :-) He volunteered his skills to the local zoo, so I'm sure he's encountered those tongs.

Carole, Sharon and I cook up sweet potatoes fries in our air fryer. We use a tiny (and sharp) cleaver to make thin sweet potato rounds. The air fryer gets them slightly crispy and "toasts" them just enough to make them taste good. I've done them in the oven and they turn out well there, but the air fryer takes a lot less time. Asparagus does well in the air fryer. For that, we "powder" 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a mortar and pestle, dust the salt on the asparagus and let is sit for a few minutes before "frying" it.

WC, except for the chicken, you described what we often eat for "lupper".


Dinner tonight will be sourdough bread, cheese, crackers, chips and salsa....a not very nutritious, but certainly satisfying, dinner!


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18 hours ago carolehalston wrote:

Good suggestions, Eric.

Last night's dinner was pork steak cooked on the stove in a cast iron grill skillet with a side of navy beans and brown rice heated together in another skillet. Thankful for a stovetop! I had intended to make a salad but got lazy.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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8 hours ago ChiSandy wrote:

Eric, I'm gonna try that soon: I have a garnet yam that needs cooking, and will use the air-fry setting on my Smart Oven.

My sis in NoVA went out with BFF & my niece for her birthday dinner last night (my BIL hates restaurant meals--he gets antsy waiting to be waited upon, and the only red meat he'll eat from game he shot). Last week they tried Cheesecake Factory but walked away the minute they saw how packed it was. So yesterday they went to Fogo de Chao--it was warm enough for patio dining. The salad bar, though, was indoors--they had to wear gloves and only four people at a time were allowed to graze. (I don't know if I'll ever be ready for salad bars or buffets again). The food was good, but she didn't like the atmosphere--lots of rowdy people with more money than manners, dressed in short shorts & low-cut tanks, and piling their plates high...because they could.

Friday night after we went furniture shopping (Bob surprised me by picking out two very expensive Mission-style oak & leather recliners that look like easy chairs), we cruised up Southport Ave. in search of the perfect combo: a parking space and a restaurant with both outdoor dining & a liquor license and no wait for a table (it was about 6pm). We found a little hole-in-the-wall place, Doña Tola, that is female-chef-owned and features "abuelita-style" cooking. We shared a crab-stuffed chile relleno & taquitos al pastor; Bob's entree was enchiladas del mar (shrimp & crab) and mine was an appetizer-sized portion of tequila-marinated grilled shrimp with nopalitos salsa verde. Bob had filled up on so much chips, guac & pico that he had no room for anything but his entree (which he finished completely). I tried a chip with a dollop of guac. The "taquitos" were three full-sized double-shell soft tacos. I ate one (left the tortillas), and half each of the relleno and shrimp--and packed the rest to go.

Did some grocery shopping errands yesterday and got caught in a downpour in the supermarket parking lot--I pulled up the hood of my sweatshirt & shoved my hands into my jacket pocket to keep them dry. En route home I looked at my hands and freaked: the knuckles were bright blue! Only then did I realize I'd shoved my shopping list into my pocket instead of my purse, and discovered the hard way that Pelikan rollerball ink is not waterproof.

Last night I dined alone (it's Bob's "hospital-Hell" weekend) on the leftovers--I put the al pastor filling into one each of a Carb Balance whole wheat tortilla.

This morning I walked to brunch alone--dined on the patio because it was sunny & I had my puffer jacket on. Ham/swiss/mushroom quiche (killed me to leave the crust because it's so good) with a mesclun salad. Dinner tonight will be falafel, tabbouleh salad, hummus, babaghanouj, red pepper dip and maybe a little cheese of one kind or another. Have some tomatoes that are pretty ripe, and need to pinch back my hydroponic basil, so maybe a mini-Caprese too.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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7 hours ago SpecialK wrote:

chisandy - was that the Tyson's Corner location of Fogo de Chao? That area is full of people with more money than sense. Sounds like a shopping score with the chairs - yay! When I have an ink mishap I usually somehow get it on my face :/

Dinner tonight was angus cheeseburgers on flatbread buns - because that is what I had - but DH struggled with his, I think his bites are too big. The flatbread bun works better if you do more of a nibble. We also had seasoned skinny fries baked in a hot oven. The lemon coconut cake is finally gone, but the neighbor who had her birthday lunch last week brought over several slices of Dulce de Leche cake that her Dallas based daughter ordered for her locally. She is just finishing up her residency in ER medicine in a couple of months but couldn't get home for mom's b-day. The cake came from a specialty cake bakery a couple of miles from here - OMG, if you looked up sinful in the dictionary this cake would be pictured. It was so good, and so bad, all at the same time.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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6 hours ago - edited 6 hours ago by ChiSandy

Special, definitely the Tysons location. (I wonder what happened to the Legal Sea Foods there, in Tysons II, now that the entire chain was sold--we used to go to the one in Boca Town Center with my mom).

Will probably roll up some tuna salad in the Little Gem lettuce leaves I bought today, maybe also a tablespoon or so of chopped liver from Jewel's kosher section (I got the last 1/2 lb. they had in stock). Also some kosher "antipasto salad" (tomato, onion, zucchini, peppers, & eggplant in vinaigrette).

I read today that doctors are rethinking the role of body weight as it relates to health, especially BMI--which fails to differentiate bone & muscle from fat (not to mention visceral vs. subcutaneous and "brown" vs. "white" fat). As long as I get my walking & stair-climbing in, stay hydrated, eat right and sleep well (and my a1c and lipids stay normal), I will mention that to my weight loss NP at my next visit 5/4. I'm heavier than I was in Feb., but my size 10/M/Chico's size 1s still fit just fine and the size 7 Hoka sneakers I bought in Israel are still comfy. (The 8s with my orthotics feel like clown shoes now). I look at myself in the mirror and see my paunch--but when I stand up straight and tighten my abs, the fat disappears only to have ripples of hanging skin take its place. I am doomed to a lifetime of Spanx, I guess. (At least I can finally get into them).

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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5 hours ago MinusTwo wrote:

Linner was lightly "fried rice" (actually natural grains mix with rice, bulgur wheat, barley, wheat berries, red rice, oats & Quinoa) with fresh asparagus cut in 2" piece, fresh mushrooms and leftover pork loin sliced thin & short.

I won't bore you with the house reconstruction recap other than to say - I haven't killed myself, I haven't burned down the house but boy do I wish I were still a smoker.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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5 hours ago illimae wrote:

Tonight was crab cakes. I had some yesterday from a local place (I picked it up since it was a day to myself) and they were great. I love the vermillion sauce they’re served with and had some left, do I made my own for dinner. They turned out very good but next time I’ll make them smaller, do I can cook them a bit longer without burning them.


Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/1/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/22/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/21/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/16/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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3 hours ago auntienance wrote:

I came across this picture and was reminded of the conversation about Katie’s Seafood in Galveston. I took this picture back in 2009 at the fish market in Galveston


Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/21/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/24/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/2/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2012 Femara (letrozole)

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