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This mastectomy thing is a breeze!

Was that too flippant?

It's just that I read that I would be laid up in bed for weeks. In reality, I have minimal discomfort -- just some soreness under my arm -- and I feel pretty good. I spent one night in the hospital; I even took a walk around the floor before bed. The Hubster brought me a Dunkin' Coolatta when he returned in the evening. I finished my IV fluids, they removed all my monitors, and I felt liberated.
In the morning my surgeon visited, told me it all went well, said I could shower the next day. We went home at 10 AM, and I had a relaxing day. Easy leftover dinner, and a super-silly movie, "Keanu," with Key and Peele. Great night's sleep, just had to be careful when I moved.
Today I shower, send Eric to the market (always good for a laugh), and just relax ( shhh online shopping shhh). We have frozen tortellini to cook tonight with salad and bread. I'll stay home until my follow-up visit Thursday.

Happy to be one step closer to the finish line!

I need advice about staying in the hospital

I have my mastectomy tomorrow. I know I'll be staying at least overnight, so what should I bring? Is it okay or foolish to "sneak in" OTC meds like Neosporin ointment (I need it for my nose, believe it or not)? Will they let me wear my own clothes and slippers?
I've been using prescription meds for digestion (sorry diarrhea sorry), but I assume the drugs they'll be giving me will knock that out.
Any tips would be highly appreciated! And they'd better have Wi-fi!
I haven't gotten the call yet, and I'll ask most of my questions then...I'm just trying to keep busy today, and to be as prepared as I can be.

How to hang a stained glass picture

My friend made me a lovely stained-glass piece and I want to hang it in front of a window. Problem is, our window frames are metal! How can we do this? I'm getting tired of looking at it in the closet.

Oh. I'm probably going to need radiation, too.

I met with an radiation doctor at the very beginning of my cancer experience, but over the months of chem, it was never mentioned again in my treatment. Today, the surgeon "mentioned" that my breast reconstruction might be affected by the radiation. I said "...What?" He then explained that it was most likely that I would have to have it, pending biopsy results after the surgery. He reviewed the factors that made it a recommended treatment ( in my case, the size of the tumor is the factor), and yes, I see that it may be appropriate.
But damn! I just thought, since no one was talking about it to me, that it was not going to happen. Oh well. I see that it can irritate skin, a lot, but it looks like it takes half an hour a day, for five or six weeks...if I have to, I have to.

The Donut Hole

I'm dealing with cancer this year. Because I get chemo, I had a port installed, and I got a blood clot. Now I have to use a blood thinner, which is expensive. Due to that and a few other meds, I will be hitting the donut hole this month.
Anyone else dealing with it...how are you managing?

Breast cancer is not fun!

I've been posting about my experiences on the Cancer thread under Health, but I thought I would talk about it here. I got my hair cut off yesterday and seeing myself in the mirror with a 1/16th" crew cut is very strange. My ears look twice as big as normal and that is just not good.

I have a really nice wig, and I plan to wear it whenever I go outside, and I also have a collection of head coverings for around the house...the Hubber is totally fine with the full Monty, and sometimes I do that, too.

Chemo is not fun. It's almost time for my second treatment, and I just now got my digestion back to something resembling normal. At least this time I know what to expect. I have great (if expensive) meds for preventing nausea and so far, so good.

Beside the hair loss, the worst side effect is that nothing tastes good! I am a foodie and I love to cook AND eat! The only thing that I've that tastes good is coffee ice-cream; I have a big bowl as my nighttime treat.

I should add that the chemo drugs for my particular type of cancer are supposed to be just about guaranteed to knock it out, so I'm really not even worried about my prognosis...just getting through the chemo with my sense of humor intact is my goal.

New member of the club here

I'm still having trouble accepting my diagnosis.
I've been told I'll need radiation and chemo and probably, surgery (it's my breast). I honestly know so little about cancer that it all sounds so confusing.
My whole family is in New York and I live in Florida. Tonight I have to call and talk to my sister. Just dreading making her sad. She'll help me work out how to let our mother and my daughters know. I honestly hate having to do that to the people I love. My husband is wonderful, though, and he's the most supportive and helpful anyone can be.

I'm getting a new sewing machine

I'm so excited!
The one I have is starting to get tired, we are solvent - in fact, we just did our taxes, and apparently, you pay less on retirement income - so I decided it was time to upgrade. I looked around and decided on a Pfaff. New machines has some jazzy features, like more lights and more stitches, but the Pfaff has IDT, meaning it has even feed built right in. I'm getting the QE 4.2, which has 10" to the right of the presser foot. That'll make working a a big quilt much easier.
It should come in this week, and I have a tank top and cardigan in blue sweater knit for my first project. Can't wait!

Fallout 4, anyone?

My husband persuaded me that we should play it. I'm not the most intense gamer; that means I like playing, but the violence is pretty much my least favorite part. I've been immersed in ESO for the past year, and since Bethesday made both games, I figured I couldn't go too wrong. So far it's been fun...still just getting started. He's at about level 8 and having a ball!

Great Vegetarian recipes?

My husband decided to go veg after watching "Forks Over Knives" last week, and he thinks it would help his cholesterol numbers. I'm very out of practice on this particular genre of cooking, as my vegetarian daughter has been grown up and on her own for quite a while. So, although I'm surfing all over, and finding some good stuff, does anyone have any dishes they absolutely love?
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