Archive for October, 2012

October 31, 2012

Halloween blood…

My blood test results from Thursday show that my counts
(neutrophils, white cells, platelets and some other things with strange names)
are currently too low for next week’s surgery. I’m having another test on Monday. So…..


October 30, 2012

Mr G’s Plans

Yesterday, I spent two and half hours at the hospital, partly with my breast care nurse (who told me the perils of lymphoedema…yikes) and mostly with my surgeon (known by all as Mr G) who told me his plans (meet a nice girl, settle down, kids, dog, place in the country) for my new breast. I’m not sure what they thought of my excitement about it all…they probably think I’m a little eccentric or barking mad.

Mr G is going to do his very best to minimise the scarring and give me evenly sized boobs…although it will be 6 – 8 months before all is completely finished and a further six months or so before all my treatment is done. Then there’s just a mere five years of Tamoxifen but SO WHAT? I can see light and boobs at the end of the tunnel.

At the Breast Clinic I bought two of Mr G’s preferred post surgery bras…

…actually, I quite like them; I’d happily wear them to the gym or with jeans.

The Breast Care nurse gave me a heart shaped cushion to place between my arm and breast after surgery. Apparently a lot of women have found this very comfortable and so some ladies make these cushions for the clinic to give out. And once again, such kindness had me filling up.

And then this…

…my handsome husband in the
handsome sweater I finished this morning.
Baby, we are so rock and roll!

October 22, 2012

(3)2B or not (3)2B

Here we go then…

My ultrasound last week showed some shrinkage but not enough to save the breast. My boobs are so tiny that even removing a small lump would take away most of the breast tissue and it seems chemo isn’t going to make it anywhere near small enough. So the Chemo Guy has stopped my chemotherapy (hooray, I hated it but eek, I want all the chemo you can throw at me) and organised surgery.

I’m having a mastectomy with an immediate implant (Yay!). I didn’t want flap reconstruction as this leaves too much scarring for me and anyway, I “don’t have enough fat on my abdomen, bum or back to use”
(I’m taking this as a compliment, Mr Surgeon)

And EVEN BETTER…I’m having a Becker implant (Woweee!) which acts as both a stretcher and the permanent implant. The radiotherapy may damage it but if that happens it will be replaced.

And EVEN MORE BETTERER…I’m having both boobs a little bigger than they are now. I’m currently 32A and can’t decide on 32B or 32C. I’m seeing the surgeon again next week and he will advise me so I guess I should take his advice.

All this has been brought forward by three months and I’m not quite prepared for it but I will be.

On a sad note, my father died in his sleep two days ago. He’d been suffering from dementia for some years and is now free from the pain and distress this caused him.

October 9, 2012

Docetaxol, you b*****d

Just a very quick post to say I’ve been in bed since Friday (had docetaxol on Wednesday); never felt so ill in all my days.
I’ll be back as soon as I can

October 2, 2012

Didn’t they tell you?

Yesterday I had my second Herceptin infusion, which I had expected to be a three hour session and we had planned the day accordingly. Not till I was called through was I told I was being “Reloaded” because I’d missed last week (on Chemo Guy’s orders) so I would be there for six hours again.

I’d been told my next session would be two, not three weeks hence, to avoid reloading but apparently that doesn’t work so early on in the Herceptin treatment. I am grateful for my treatment but why can’t these things be made clearer?

“You should have been told” doesn’t help when we’re standing at your desk trying to re-arrange an already re-arranged day.

Not really complaining, I know it’s not your fault but just sayin’

As it happens, all went well and the nurses were brilliant and the six hours passed more quickly than they did before (must have been the packet of HobNobs) and I met a lovely lady from my town.

October 1, 2012

Mellow fruitfulness

Autumn on a plate…

…’nuff said.

Actually, just saying a little more…
mini gem squash stuffed with quinoa, leeks and mushrooms
served with mashed celeriac, steamed cauliflower and kale and
roasted carrots, courgettes, peppers and potatoes…and onion gravy

EDIT: Ha ha…posted this on the wrong blog…chemo brain does it again!