Had a oncologist visit yesterday and a blood draw. Got my tamoxifen prescription. Not sure how I feel about that with the host of side affects. Will keep you posted on that. All I need is a few more hot flashes to brighten my day.
The scoop is this. I'm done. Cut loose after one month of taking T to check my liver enzymes. My oncologist does marker tests so I will see him every 3 months for however long he feels I need to. I'll be on the T for 5 years.
One thing did come up with my question about estrogen positive tumors. I asked about my girly parts and why that wasn't being removed too. He said that is something we'll address later but than the body needs some estrogen at my age. Sue, maybe you can help me understand this. Are ovaries typically taken out of estrogen positive patients?
Apparently, these next 6 months will glean whether I'm menopausal or sterile. Sounds like fun.
I get to keep my pain patches, for now. Dr. K is always positive and seems to think this arthralgia will go away. I remembered the name!! Maybe not spelled right but I don't care - it's my blog anyway. Back to Dr. K - he wants me to be comfortable to recover and also wants me exercising. So I am. Good bunny that I am...
I didn't realize the fentanyl is such a strong drug until my visit yesterday. Even at a low dose, it gives serious withdrawal symptoms. Guess that might be why I couldn't sleep last week when I dropped my patches. Learn something every day.
BP was a kicking 90 over 77 - back down almost to normal for me. I did get Dr. K's okay to just hang with him for a long while so I don't need another checkup with my GP. I do have to do a yearly gyn exam in July. The panic monkey sometimes rears her ugly head and worries about errant cancer cells ending up on my cervix. I had dysplasia for about 6 years after Steffie was born but I've had clear paps for the last 5 years.
Head is on straight, focus is coming back. Cranked out 17 articles this week and I'll actually get a small paycheck friday. I did sell a whopping real estate article last week - $200 for an article is very good as a ghost writer. Sure made me happy. I'm hoping my productivity level keeps up. I need to get out of my hole here and back on track with the rest of the world.
I gotta admit, even though I'm done, I'm almost phobic about germs. My counts are doing better but things just SO gross me out now. Like door handles, shopping carts, snotty kids (even my own), public anything. Yuck.
Still wondering if I'm going to get depressed. Haven't seen it yet.
I also get cut loose by my rad nurse on Monday if my tata heals up. The burn is down to 2 x 1 inches and is starting to scab. Airing it out and not using the shower or getting it wet has made all the difference. No, I'm NOT stinky! I'm taking a tub bath instead :)
I conducted an experiment at Vicky's request. I applied Aloe straight off the plant to my burns Tuesday night. Overnight, OVERNIGHT, the burned area began to scab and heal over. It easily improved by 1 cm around the circumference. Since then, the sticky wound feel is gone completely. This thing has dropped from being 5 inches around to well below half that.
My supposition as to why radiation specialists don't want women to use this is that the ointment given for open wound treatment contains antibiotics. I get it but I do know the aloe made a miraculous difference. I'm using it multiple times each day. Good thing the plant is big :)
I didn't get the impression that many people blister as badly as I did. The healed skin looks pretty tan at this point and they tell me it will lighten to regular skin color. Not quite sure if I believe them yet :)
Be well everyone. Have a good day!