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Apr 21, 2017 08:45AM
Hi Sylvia and Adagio,
I decided to address this to both of you, the grande dames of this thread; hope you don't mind being called a grande dame! I am slightly less grande, having been here a shorter time than both of you!
I have gone as far as dragging out suitcases and wondering which to take for my trip, I usually overpack and am going to try and avoid it this time. I am also going to try and avoid silly mistakes such as this: when we went to Aruba I took a ziplock bag filled with epsom salts because I love soaking in it. Big error! I'm sure the inspectors thought it was drugs, they opened the bag but did not re-seal it and just tossed it back in suitcase. So when I got to Aruba I had a bag of clothing full of epsom salt! Flying used to be a pleasant experience, no longer. I agree with you, it's necessary at times but drug dealers and terrorists have taken all the fun out of it. How innocent we used to be!
I have not yet had the cortisone shot, I am slated to have it next week. I am hoping to be over this allergy/sinusitis/whatever by then. We did finally have some rain last night, that should help wash down some of the fuzzy green pollen floating around.
We are all suffering from TMI, too much information! Like Adagio, I end up feeling as if I'm not doing enough. . And when I get serious about moving forward to make myself better, something seems to pull me back again; such as my knee, or as in the last 2 weeks, this allergy/sinus/ cold/whatever stuff, or both.
I had my 6 month oncologist check-yesterday. She did her usual perfunctory routine, checked for lumps, asked about other symptoms, and listened to lungs. And then left in a whirl. I am going to ask next time how many patients she sees in a day, it's got to be a lot because I got less than 5 minutes. And then I had asked her nurse a month ago if I was getting my annual blood labs done while there because then I wouldn't need to have it done at my GP. She said yes, they would. Well, nobody took any blood; when I asked about it I got a blank look. They finally did do it, but I ended up being there well over an hour, with the actual doctor visit about 3-4 minutes! I know that there is not much more they can check, but if I ever have a recurrence I will take myself and my records elsewhere. I think. Everyone just seemed in such a rush yesterday, it is really dehumanizing for the patient.
Sophie Sabbage is really something. She has so much tenacity, and energy while seemingly also very ill, with so many different tumors. I haven't checked her out on Facebook yet.
Sylvia, what is the General Election being called for specifically? I could look it up but will be lazy and let you tell me.
As for things taking a long time to really heal, perhaps we have just become more aware of our bodies and healing than we were before? My niece (young) suffered a badly twisted broken leg in December, she is an RN who works in a busy hospital and has to do a lot of walking (running). She was told she wouldn't be back at work for 3 months, she has finally gone back 4 months later and is still in excruciating pain after her night's work. She is now looking for a day shift with less walking because she is pretty sure it's going to be a year before she is really comfortable again. I had an injection above my ankle for a varicose vein, it hurt for almost a year; when I questioned the doc about it, I got no answers. I have just become very cautious about what I allow to be done to myself, nothing is as simple as it sounds, That includes the shot into my knee, although my acupuncture doc has told me that there are very few nerves that are in danger of being interfered with in the administration of that shot, and he thinks it may help. I do trust him, he is very much into "less is more".
As for MOs telling patients they are "cured", I did manage to ask my doc that question yesterday before she ran out of the room; she said she will tell cancer patients they are "cured" after 10 years survival. Hmmmm......not sure I believe that.
I must close for now, I will talk to you both again soon,
I hope Gina is doing well too,
2/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
2/20/2014 Mastectomy: Right
3/18/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)