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dixiegrrrrl

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 46,752

About Me

Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Today I had surgery to have a port put into my chest.

This is where all the chemo goes in, and blood can be drawn for tests. Apparently lots of tests happen during chemo.
So no more needle sticks, no more chances of blown veins.

I must admit I had no idea it was such a complicated procedure.
To reduce stress, I don't peer too far into future appointments, so waited till last nght to read about ports.

"Twilight anesthesia" they said.

As usual no food or "clear liquid" 12 hours before the procedure. Other sources say 6-8 hours.
Then they said it was ok to take my morning BP pill "with a small sip of water"
Damn pill is not small...I gulped water.

As far as I was concerned, it was a pretty dark twilight, cause I went out for the count, woke an hour later, they gave me enough morphine so I could be plopped into the car and driven home.

Then the morphine wore off. Yikes! Luckily, my doc is real good at pain management, none of the skimping on opioids, and I had a script, so pain pills went home with me, and I napped for a few hours, waking only when a loud and heavy thunderstorm hit.

So now, I have a rather sore and stiff left arm/side from the mastectomy last month, and a very painful upper right chest and shoulder from today's port surgery, and not allowed to really do much wtth right hand/arm for the next 3 days, just in tme for the CAT scan Thursday when BOTH arms will be raised above my head, supposedly.
Yeah...good luck with that....I feel like a T. Rex.....those arms have very limited range of motion right now.

Just when I thought life was getting placid and predictable.........

I have just one question:

Of all the poop in the world...
who decided that batshit was the craziest????

I have just one question:

If corporations are people, why don't the Republicans want to cut their welfare????

You might find this funny

I generally let the answering machine pick up the calls, since so many are sales/robo calls.
But, now that doctors and etc are in my life, I pick up.

So, few days post op for the breast surgery, I get a cold call from a real live person trying to sell me a funeral plan.
and I was in the mood to vent.

At the first mention of why she was calling, I went off on her.
" why are you calling me? who told you I had cancer???? Do they suspect I am going to die and they are not telling me? Who gave you my number?
I was just starting to feel good this morning about my chances and now YOU remind me all over again!!!

etc etc" in a very indignent old lady voice.

I hung up on what sounded like spluttered apologies.

they are correct...laughter IS good medicine.

Medicare is providing a 5 year cancer treatment program as of this July.

This is really huge deal, since talking about it started in 1999. I have read the info. about how the grants, and programs work, and that our local rural hospital has one!
The reason this is so cool is I knew I had cancer when I felt the lump June 9, had mastectomy July 14th, and was instantly referred to the new cancer program in our hospital. Otherwise I would have had a 2 hour 90 mile trip down to Mobile for everything, which is incredibly exhausting......180 miles a day round trip, 4 hours just driving does not leave much room for those 8 am appointments.


The program is targeting some rural hospitals, so urban cancer treatment clinics who got the grants moved a team from Mobile to my rural county hospital.
And it is billed as outpatient.....even the mastectomy was "outpatient" thus saving me the high deductible for "inpatient".
Medicare Part B covers cancer drugs used in outpatient (and inpatient) cancer treatment if the drug is administered by the hospital or clinic or dr.
as opposed to a patient buying the drug by prescription.
( 20% co-pay applies to the drugs used and some lab. services)

This new program has sites across the country. I am trying to remember where I filed the location maps.

Louisiana flooding forces Katrina survivors out of their homes;

pics at link


Thousands of people across Louisiana were forced to leave their homes this week as feet of rain caused widespread flooding across the state.
The southern half of the state experienced the worst of the flooding with some areas receiving over 30 inches of rain in a two-day period. This accounts for nearly half of the rain that typically falls in an entire year in this part of the country.
This flooding has been so extensive that the Red Cross has called this event the "worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy."

"It's all gone again," Jeannique Branche, 34, of Baton Rouge told NOLA.com.
She survived Hurricane Katrina and relocated to Baton Rouge, where she lived in a second-story apartment.
"Now I've lost everything again," she said.
http://www.accuweather.com/en/features/trend/weekly_wrap_up_louisiana_flooding_katrina_survivors_evacuate_blue_cut_fire_california/59540012



Here's an idea we might to return to...........


POLITICS HISTORIC: Obama Announces He’s Ending Private For-Profit Federal Prisons

Last week, the Department of Justice released an inspector general’s report on private prisons that found for-profit detention centers to be substantially more dangerous for both the inmates and for the correctional officers. In response to those findings, the Obama Administration is moving to stop keeping federal detainees in private prisons altogether within the next five years. President Obama has already overseen a fifty percent reduction in the use of federal private prisons, which are run by three corporations and cost over $600 million tax dollars annually.

The 13 privately run facilities will not close overnight. Yates said the Justice Department would not terminate existing contracts but instead review those that come up for renewal. She said all of the contracts would come up for renewal over the next five years…. by May 1, 2017, the total private prison population would stand at less than 14,200 inmates.
http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/08/18/historic-obama-announces-hes-ending-private-profit-federal-prisons/

Spotted in Seattle: A naked, life-size Donald Trump statue—without balls. NSFW!!

"His pubes look like ramen," said one Stranger staffer.

I am not gonna post the pic, but it can be seen here:

http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2016/08/18/24473080/theres-a-horrifying-statue-of-donald-trump-in-capitol-hill

edited to add:

Naked Donald Trump Statues Are Popping Up All Over America
an anarchist art collective INDECLINE decided to take him down a couple peg in a hilarious way – by setting up naked Donald Trump statues in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle.

http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/08/18/just-naked-donald-trump-statues-popping-america-images/

I unofficially qualified for this group early last month...

and today want to officially join, because discussions about other issues on DU somehow don't seem quite as important now as they did.

Went from mammogram to biopsy to mastectomy in about 3 weeks. Mastectomy was July 14.
Diagnosis is Stage II B, invasive Mucinous carcinaoma of left breast.

"Mucinous carcinoma of the breast — sometimes called colloid carcinoma — is a rare form of invasive ductal carcinoma (cancer that begins in the milk duct and spreads beyond it into nearby healthy tissue)." says Breastcancer.org, which is massively helpful site, I have been living on it practically, learning a lot.


In my case, post mastectomy, the treatment plan is for 12 weeks of chemo at rate of 3 times a week, then 5 years of hormone therapy to reduce as much estrogen as possible and starve the beast. The cancer feeds on estrogren.

So next week I see oncologist for 2nd time to discuss beginning chemo,
and I could really use handy tips and tricks and honest realities of what to do and not do on chemo.
Mr. Dixie is incredibly helpful, can very well handle everything the house and I need, thank god.

Have not started treatment yet but for the last 2 weeks have been very tired and sleeping a lot. I have a friend who in an RN who says that is normal, as the body recovers from the intensive surgery, and toss in my over 65 years, we don't bounce back as we used to.
But the surgeon says I am healing remarkablely fast.
I plan on asking about the sleeping thing when I see him this Monday.

Good news: Hospital for all treatment and test is 5 miles down the road.
And I do have Medicare A and B and the chemo AND the operation are on what Medicare calls an outpatient basis, so 80% is covered.

Gonna be reading y'alls posts now.......

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