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Nov 19, 2017 09:23AM
I am really tying up the loose ends with what I was saying about my visit to the GP, the one who is not my regular doctor at the surgery.
Besides having a good look at my right arm and assuring me that it was the lymphoedema and everything was fine, he made a few other comments, and I am not quite sure how they came up.
First of all I know you will be interested to know that this doctor said it was not true about not using the arm on the side of your body where you had treatment for things like injections and blood pressure. He probably made these comments because I had said I had always made sure that I did not use my right arm for such things. He told me that on one occasion someone else had said this to him and he had phoned up an oncologist about it. That oncologist had said it was not true and that it was more to do with the anxiety from nurses that we were told not to use the arm where we had had surgery!!!
It makes you wonder what to think. That comment is just from one oncologist.
All I know is that I shall continue to have any injections and blood pressure takings in my left arm. It makes sense to me not to take any risks with the arm on the side of where I had surgery.
I do remember my neighbour, who used to live opposite me in the apartment complex, and who had had a double mastectomy, having all her injections in the feet, because she had two arms that were probably vulnerable!!!
I have decided, anyway, that I shall not be having any more flu injections because of what has happened to me recently with the lymphoedema, but that is my own personal decision and I do not wish to influence anyone else.
The other comment from him was about acupuncture. I do not know how this came about, because I would not have mentioned it, because I have never had it and so cannot comment. The doctor said that he had had a patient who was in a lot of pain with her upper shoulder and all kinds of pain killers had been tried, to no avail. She had had some acupuncture and that had cured the pain.
I know you have had acupuncture and continue to have it, so I thought this would be of interest to you.
What are you doing for your Thanksgiving celebration? Are you going away for it? Do you indulge in Black Friday? You know that the Brits love to copy the Americans, but we always have to go a bit further. It looks as though here in the UK we were having Black Friday all last week!!! People are probably having a spend up on their cards before Phil Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, tolls the bells of doom and gloom with his budget this Wednesday.
Last night, at 9 pm UK time on BBC2, there was a brilliant programme entitled My Country: a Work in Progress. In this drama, adapted from the National Theatre production, writers Carol Ann Duffy and Rufus Norris use the testimony of people, in the wake of last year's Brexit vote, to question whether there can ever be a United Kingdom. The emotional and amusing opinions from people of all ages across the country on both sides of the debate are combined with the speeches of politicians.
The country was divided up into different parts, including Britannia as a person. The parts were Northern Ireland, East Midlands, Cymru (Wales). South West, Caledonia (Scotland) and North East. The acting was brilliant and the words they spoke were from recordings of comments made by real people in the country.
I do hope you will be able to have a look at this. Different regions are at a gathering convened by Britannia for "the sacrament of listening".
Thinking of you and sending all my love. I hope to see you on the thread again soon.
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food - Hippocrates B.C. 390 Preadjuvant chemo 3 months epirubicin, cyclophosphamide, 3 months docetaxel. Mastectomy RB Sentinel node pos Radiotherapy 3 weeks + boosters
6/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
10/31/2005 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/16/2006 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right