Thursday, October 19, 2006

Update on Breast Cancer

Folks continue to wonder about the status of my cancer. I've been very focused here on Jim.

I continue to have chemo-induced periphral neuropathy in my finger tips, lips, tongue, toes, and bottom of my feet. No improvement in the 3 months since chemo ended. I take neurotin for the neuropathy as well as for hot flashes. It doesn't touch the tingles. The dead toes and feet are trouble because I often trip over flat surfaces. They also ache to the point of pain.

My hair is growing back. It now looks like a very short buzz cut. Seems to be its previous color of medium brown with lots of gray. On top, it's getting nappy; like I have 50 cowlicks all twisting around each other.

Leg, public, underarm, full body hair is coming back too. The returning hair on my face is babyfine (like it previously was) but quite thick and long. I may need to shave it.

The range of motion in my right arm is probably 90% of pre-surgical range. The left arm, maybe 40-50%. I need to start PT on the arms, but with Jim and trying to start radiation, I'm not sure where I would fit it in.

Scar from left mastectomy is almost healed; jusy one small scab left. One or 2 more infusions, and the implant will be as large as the one on the right. Drainage is slowing; today may be the final syringing of my armpit.

I have had nothing but diarrhea for 5 weeks. Dr. Cutter had given me a scrip for something to cut down the movement of the bowels, and I also take Immodium. Nothing touches it. It doesn't seem to be a side effect to the meds I am on. Dr. Cutter ordered a stool test called a C. Diff. Titer, and I finally turned in a sample yesterday. I asked for the result to also be sent to my GP, and I got an appointment with the GP for Friday. I think this constant diarrhea is dehydrating and adding to the fatigue I have from the worry over Jim. Maybe it's time to pop a Xanax.

Off to the shower. Ready to start the day!! Dr. Boob visit; a couple visits with Jim.

Take care all. Look forward to a joyful weekend!

5 comments:

DebandGiz said...

Testing...

Testing...

Testing...

And sending countless hopeful, healing, thoughts, prayers, love, and hugs,
Deb & Giz, too...

DebandGiz said...

What the hell do you mean that my copious explanation of everything a cat could ever possibly need to know about Liverwurst wasn't posted?!?!?

I thought this was a magic window to speak with Max and Ennis, and of course, Lily...

Computers... Hmmmmpppphhhh...

Headbutts, pawpats, and purrs (if you ever see them...)
Your frustrated furry friend,
Gizmo
xx oo


Okay, hit that frigging login and publish button really, really, really hard, mommy!

DebandGiz said...

YAY! We're in! (okay, Gizzie made me check...)

Keep leaping faith, sweetie... And may Jim light up each and every room you enter...

Love and more hugs and exhales than you could possibly imagine,
Deb & Giz, who's trying to be nonchalant about finishing her tuna...

PS: YAYs come in all kind of forms... We just need to be prepared to yell YAY when they happen...

DebandGiz said...

(Did you refresh your screen to make sure we really, really, really count, mommy?)

Yes, doodle bug... We count...

(You didn't happen to save a copy of my Liverwurst treatise, did you, mommy?)

Alas, no, precious wonder girl, but promise to do so next time...

(Sometimes computers suck, don't they, mommy?)

Yes, and life too... But it's our job to dance!

(And dance we will, won't we?!)

Yes!

Alice said...

Well, I hope the treatments fly by and are over with asap. Also can't wait until all the side effects are past. Will check in on the Dr.Boob visit next.

XOXOXO
Alice