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Aug 5, 2021 01:15AM
Well, Jen, Grandmaadam, Sunny, Ivy and Cammyquil, you all would have been proud of me today, because I had to do some serious self-advocating at my SECOND 45-minute mapping/prep session. Long story... but hopefully it won't happen to any of you. I "officially" start tomorrow with 33 sessions but I put a big huge X on my wall calendar to give myself full credit for today's drama trauma.
Cammyquil, how wonderful that you qualified for the prone position instead of supine. That's fantastic. I read that I am not eligible because I had lymph node involvement. Lying on my back on that hard table for so long (again) today was quite painful on my left shoulder and because I'm underweight, it seriously bruised my tailbone. I have an idea. I'll bring a folded pair of Depends and stuff it down the back of my pants to cushion my tailbone. I practiced at home while lying on a tile floor. It helps! I wonder if they'll let me get away with that.
Ivy, I'm glad you're here and I'm sorry that happened. I hope that comes together quickly for you so you can get started with a minimum of delay. I'm glad the wall exercise works for you. That encourages me to keep doing it, even though I can't see progress yet.
As for creams, I have no idea which will work well or best, but here are the four I have: (1) Calendula Cream samples from the RO's office, (2) 98% Aloe Vera gel from Alba Botanicals (Sprouts), (3) BeeCure Radiation & Laser Skin Care Cream (Amazon) recommended to me by a fellow rads survivor who said it worked better for her than any other cream, and (4) Melatonin 200mg Theracream by Zetpil which was way too expensive (that means it works, right?) so I figure I won't open that one unless I really need it.
Oh, and I'm not sure how long all of your drives are, but I'm already getting tired of the drive after only going twice (ha!) so I'm going to bring CDs/music and books on tape so I have something to look forward to on the drives in order to get my mind off the treatments. Also, I recommend wearing a dark color to your first/mapping session since they'll likely be putting pen marks all over your chest. Today they chose a green marker on me.
Blessings and sleep well-
Grateful to Jesus, that His love finally broke through to me. "With one touch, You just rolled away the stone that held my heart," - Lyrics by Keith Green, " 7 weeks of Radiation including supraclavicular nodes.
12/2020, IDC, Stage IIB, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/19/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
6/8/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Reconstruction (left)
8/3/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes