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PennyK

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Thanks for the hearts!

I needed a smile today! I'm sure my hearts came from fellow cancer-posters here.
I burned my hand last night while cooking (I was cooking bacon in the oven, and I foolishly tried to move the baking sheet with one hand -- it tilted). It looks and feels fine tonight, but it was truly painful, for a long time, last night. I think I did all the right things (cool water, basically) and my radiation cream came in very handy. I was sure I'd be in agony once the pain meds wore off, but nada -- I slept like a baby and there is zero pain today.
I seem to be a little "off" from the excitement, so today will be a no-drama-whatsoever day (I hope).

Doing better

I suddenly realized that my hip joint, which has been troubling me for months, has stopped hurting. It's sore (like residual from a bruise), but way better. I also am not getting the random cramps much. These must have been aftereffects of my chemo...which I know I'm not done with because most of a toenail fell off this week. BUT my tastebuds are at around 95%. And just five Herceptins to go.

My mother, who I haven't seen since my cancer adventure started, is coming to visit next week. It's actually the first time she's coming to see my since I moved to Florida from New York eight years ago (of course I usually go back at least once a year). She was full-time caring for my very sick father...then she fell and messed herself up but good. Well, Dad passed about six months ago, and she is just now in good enough shape to come down and see what a nice house we have here. I found a recipe for a Blackout Cake, a specialty of Ebingers, THE Brooklyn bakery of old, and I am going to surprise her with it!

I'm getting my first freezer

From Sears. I wanted the upright kind and frost-free for sure.
Any and all tips you can give me about how to best take advantage of this resource? How to best store stuff, markers that work for the freezer, things I can freeze that I might not know about. I already read that ice cream shouldn't be kept in the door (that warms up quickest when it's opened).

A happy and healthier New Year to all!

I have been able to deal with my Herceptin issues; hand or foot cramps that hurt like hell, but don't last long and are eased with Tylenol. The hip-joint pain has lessened. Food tastes better. I have hair I can part!
Decided to go full Lebowski and celebrate with a White Russian (a tribute to our new overlords LOL). I tried a bit of Tia Maria in coffee yesterday and it went down just fine (my previous experiment with alcohol had not). I am ready!
Salmon in cream sauce with peas and wild rice for dinner. Then, part 3 of the new "gilmore girls," followed by Anderson and Kathy (Hubster's choice) and Scrabble.

I hope everyone can look forward to a year of better health and best outcomes.

Worsening side effects from Herceptin

I've started having severe cramps in random places...my hands, my back...I am seriously considering asking my oncologist how much it would worsen my ultimate outcome if I were to stop early. I've had 11 out of 17 treatments (that's eight months, and the standard is a full year). I was finishing dinner, logical that I was using my hands to use utensils, when my hand seized up. A few minutes later I broke out in a cold sweat. I took a Zofran for nausea and two Tylenol. The pain did ease up, but I can hardly wait to see what's going to happen when I go to bed tonight.

I had my last infusion one week ago; my next appointment is January 9. If this cramping continues, I will tell him I can't handle it any more (this is on top of one hip joint giving me trouble since I started the Herceptin-alone treatments in September). I was sent for an X-ray of the leg (which showed nothing, AND a bone scan). This drug is really wreaking havoc on me.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

We're here today and hopefully for a long time.
My taste buds are still somewhat messed up from chemo, and a sore joint or two, I have some irritation from radiation, but I am looking forward to a great feast with my daughters and a friend who's driving across the state to be here. We have put together a feast and I look forward to enjoying with my group.

Radiation is taking its toll on me

I've completed 23 of my 33 treatments, and until now, a couple of Tylenol took care of the discomfort. Today, though, I woke up with terrible pain in just one area -- right under my arm. The Tylenol helped, along with a Lorazepan, but the doctor and technician decided I could use a couple of days off. I also got some hydrocodone, and I'll probably use that tonight.
My treatment was supposed to end with five sessions focused on one area (not where it hurts), but they're going to switch me to that part first, then go back to the other, which will have had a week to recover a little. At least, this is the last "new" kind of treatment...no more surprises, I hope!
My two daughters are coming next week, and now I feel that I'll feel good enough to tidy up in advance, and to actually enjoy the visit. I haven't seen them since the whole cancer thing started, so it will be great to see them. Wonder how they'll like my crew cut!

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.
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