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Jul 4, 2020 05:51PM
BlueGirlRedState I noticed that you mentioned bone meds & AI. If you feel comfortable putting your DX and TX info settings to Public, we can see them below your posts.
I had a diagnoses of Osteopenia before starting my AI. In May of 2018 I had my first DEXAScan, where that was seen, and then I started my AI in November that year, after BMX and chemo were finished. I have been getting Zometa (Zoladex) infusions every 6 months to mitigate the bone loss that AI's often cause, since I started with already having some osteopenia. Zometa offers some protection against bone mets, which is an added benefit. As a breast cancer patient, I qualify for (expensive) Zometa as my bis-phosphonate.
It takes an hour or so for the infusion twice a year, and before I have it, I get blood work done, and MO meets with me. He's checking overall metabolic things, and blood chem panel, to be sure that organs are doing okay, since Zometa can be hard to metabolize. I always feel like crap the day after, very tired and sluggish and icky, but for JUST one day, and I drink a lot of water and rest, and feel just fine the day after that.
Last week, I went for a follow-up DEXAScan, to see if the Zometa is working. YES!!!! My bone density has improved. I'm still in the osteopenia range, but significant improvement was seen on two measurements, and that means So Far, So Good on that issue.
By the way, here's how I managed safety and exposure, in these Covid times, for necessary medical treatments. Of course, I wore a mask, but also a face shield, for going into the hospital imaging center.
Made me feel safer than just a mask, since there are tight quarters for that procedure. This link below is similar to the one I have, although mine has a band w/ velcro for fastening around the head, but it's this same idea, and fits over glasses. My doctors are recommending this for being anyplace indoors with shared air space, such as grocery shopping or a doctor's appointment in person, etc. I'm in the "vulnerable & high-risk" category for COVID because of age & a lung issue, so I'm being extremely careful.
Clear Face Shield Link
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6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast
8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant