About half my hair has come out now. It just is thinner and I was still able to style it and play canasta today. Tomorrow I go get my wig and will lose much more hair by then I'm sure. If I run a hairbrush through it it's full of hair each stroke. It doesn't hurt and I'm sure it will come back after I finish everything. Wednesday is my next chemo treatment. It's all good. I shall be fine and become strong again. I promise.
Chemo update: I had an oncology appointment today and I am considering dropping further chemo. I am weighing the chances of recurrence with both options. I hate to be such a woosy but it was seriously the worst week of my life. The numbers take me from a 16% chance of it coming back to 9% with more chemo. Big decision. If any if you have any knowledge or input I welcome your thoughts.
Day 6: I seemed to have lost a few days. Sort of slept, moaned, and generally had some "ookie" days. That's the only word I can think of to describe them. Today I may be a tiny bit better. Not sure yet but hope so...
So far so good. It took six hours to get all the life saving poison in my vein but I tolerated it okay. There are lots of pills to take after and I made a chart so I don't forget. Slept great and woke at 4:00 am. Thanks for all the encouragement. It really means the world to me.
Sorry for not posting more often I think I am having a bit of depression. I still can't get in the pool and it's so beautiful out. My final visit with the surgeon (I hope) is this afternoon and then tomorrow starts the chemo.
I'm having taxotere and cytosin (not sure if either of them are spelled right). I have six rounds scheduled, one every three weeks. I don't have a port yet because of everything else going on but should have it before the next one.
So just when you think you have it bad you have a call that lets you know you don't, that yours isn't bad at all. My therapist called to cancel yesterday because his son died over the weekend. That put it all in perspective for me.
Hope your day is great, I'm going to make mine be one way or another!
Well rats. I'm back in the hospital and had more surgery last night. It started leaking again so they had to cut it partly open and put in a drain. Buggers. Looks like probably three days here and then home now. But I'm comfortable and safe and still doing therapy.
My surgeon was here today and I'm doing great! Then he played the piano for an hour. Great guy!
Then some of my Mahjong gals came and brought me orchids.
I had a visit from the duck too.
Oh, and I was in bed with a guy. I suppose you want an explanation so it happened in therapy. All the beds were occupied so I had to share the big one. He said he'd keep his hands to himself and he did. Oh, and did I mention he was about a hundred? Never dull in my world!
Physical Therapy is going good. I am definitely getting stronger and can do quite a lot but there are lots of things I'm not allowed to do yet. Some things are habits and really hard to remember like crossing your ankles in bed. They told me it could cause the hip to come out of joint during the first three months and we sure don't want that!
So it's all good here. Hope it is in your world too!
To update on the surgery, the left hip is being replaced next Thursday and I will now be in the hospital a few days they say and then a few weeks in rehab. Whatever they tell me to do I shall. I want to get back to my life as soon as possible.
I had a date the other night, it was okay, not great. Lots of baggage and I don't think I'm ready to take on anything like that but he was nice enough. I am having dinner with TCD one night soon too. That's it for my love life, hope yours is better than that! lol
Have a great day y'all. Do something nice for someone. Try not to get too political, it'll only make you nuts and what will it gain you?
The appointment with the orthopedic doctor did not go as planned. He said my hips (as in both of them) must be replaced. The first one is in two weeks. The second approximately three months later. The shot I thought I was going to get would only delay the inevitable so I'm going to listen to him. He's widely known as an excellent surgeon. Plus I know Dr. Wacks would never steer me wrong.
So it's not as bad as I thought. The surgery is about an hour and fine with a spinal and home that day or the next. I can go to a rehab if I want and insurance would pay for it so I'll decide that soon.
Maybe one day soon I'll blog with some good news!
It'll all be fine soon and I'll be back to Missbeehavin' again..,
So I had my hip X-ray and the pain is arthritis so I had to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to see about getting a cortisone shot in the hip. If it works it could be good for six months to a year. I'm really having trouble walking and I'm hopeful it will help me. Getting old is a total drag. Doctor appointments have become my social life now. Blech.
I'm continuing to heal and feeling pretty good. The only thing that hurts from the surgery is the armpit where they took nodes to test. I'm still having the issue with my legs, especially the left hip but I'm working on that too.
I should be on the Piano Bar cruise now and look at their photos on Facebook every day. Seems they are having a great time.
I am bored and ready for a project. I'm doing cooking stuff as I am stil on the modified Ketogenic diet. Remember carbs feed cancer!
So I have great news. First the surgery is next Wednesday and there will be radiation in the operating room and then I go home and I'm done. It does seem to be the old cancer come back but it's not the "sticky" kind which is good. No answer yet about chemo but whatever comes my way will be fine.
So I told you I'm on this modified ketogenic diet, at least I think I did. The premise is that sugar (carbs) feed cancer so we are trying to starve it. I am limited to 25 or less a day. This baby is 3.5! Cheesecake with no crust is odd but it was easy to make and I have seven more slices in the freezer for when I want something sweet. It was really pretty good. If you have been eating regular stuff all the time you might not like it but if you have been limiting carbs it's wonderful.