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Apr 23, 2018 03:57PM
When I think about the changes we see in hair, nails and skin, I remember that we are working hard to diminish any hint of estrogen in our bodies, the very estrogen that maintains youth. Essentially, we have stepped up the aging process, becoming little (or plump) old ladies before our time! The weirdest thing happening to my nails at the moment is that trimming my toenails is an adventure. They're tough as ...well...nails....and they fly off in little chunks. Gross!
About the nose/sinuses: I have never in my life had sinus issues even though I live in what is called the "allergy capital of the south" but now I get an achy sensation off and on. I have almost no hair left in my nostrils so I wonder if more pollen finds its way up there.
About the ears: Like some of you I've had some hearing loss, more in the left ear. I could get really sad about this if I let myself as I have to ask people to repeat themselves. Unfortunately, my oncologist's voice is in a range that is difficult for me to hear well but they say when you lose one thing, you gain another - I'm becoming quite the lipreader! I have to remember that I'm 68 and might be experiencing some of this without the meds. My hubby wants me to see an ear doctor but I'm not quite ready for a hearing aid which I know would be forthcoming.
That's all the complaining I'm going to do for now! I'm painting hummingbirds into that weird art piece today. I think one of them will wear sneakers! Thanks for all your kind words, my friends.
Love from PatG
2/1994, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/15 nodes, ER-/PR-
3/2002, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH)
3/2012, Right, 1cm, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/2016, IDC, 0/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/1/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib)
Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Pedicled TRAM flap
Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel)
Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement