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    Gertrude is the name we decided to call my cancerous breast hence the title of this blog. Although I had to keep my breast through chemo and radiation due to the nature of IBC - once it 'blew up' it no longer looked like my breast and I couldn't wait to get rid of it. Calling it Gertrude was a way of seperating it from myself. This main page is where I write about the general goings on that relate to Gertrude, there is another page that are more a diary of treatments etc This blog is a public blog so although I am being very honest about my battle with Gertrude I have "changed names to protect the innocent" - because everyone can see it if you write comments on the blog pages please use the same abbreviations for other family member or friends that I do. Please feel free to ask questions if you want clarification because then other people who might have been wondering the same thing can read your question and our answers.
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Well at least my counts weren’t down

After getting over my initial upset tummy from chemo, it returned worse yesterday and I ended up a bit dehydrated – we rung Auckland  hospital and they said to go to Middlemore A&E and get them to do a full blood count etc.  Poor OH -didnt even get time for dinner last night – came home from work and then we spent rest of evening on the phone to hospital then going to hospital.  We got home about midnight. 

The good news is that I wasnt neutropenic. – my cell count wasnt in the danger zone so that was good and I was allowed home once they rehydrated me. You tend to realise you are bit dehydrated when they give you 2 1-litre bags of IV saline. I’m going to try eating later on today – at the moment we are just seeing what effect me drinking fluids is having.  

I try not to get frustrated with my body’s determination to make these cycles of chemo as challenging as possible.  I am doing my best to look after myself and do all the right things but my body still seems to have a tendency to react the wrong way and there is nothing I can do about it.  Part of me thinks why am I taking all these anti-nausea tablets etc if they aren’t blimin going to work. 

I still have to worry a little about my cell count going down towards the end of this week but after that I wont need to worry so much – I’m looking forward to that.   I am looking forward to the end of my taxotere chemo because its the one that is causing all the bad side effects at the moment.  3 cycles down only 3 more to go hopefully.

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