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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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    OH- Other Half (Hubby), OD- Oldest Daughter, MD- Middle Daugher, YD- Youngest Daughter, SB- soulja boi MD's fiance in the army (now ex fiance), OD's R OD's partner, BS- Breast surgeon whose initials just happen to be BS as well, BC- our GP (family doctor), Dr H- my medical oncologist, all other friends family etc will be referred to as initials etc
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Can’t stay away from the place!!!

Well – I am back in hospital (using the book shop internet access again) I had my first radiation on Friday at Auckland hospital and that went well but then when I went to the district nurses clinic back in Papakura to ge the dressing chqanged on my portacath removal surgery incision they didn’t ike the look of it and rung the hospital back up and I was told to get my butt back in there. spent Friday night in Assessment and planning unit (part of ED and admisssions) and then back to my usual haunt ward 64 (oncology ward) last night – basically what is wrong is the hole (tunnel) left by them taking the tube out that ran from the portacath under my skin to the vein in my neck had infection in it that was under control with the antibiotic tablets that I had been sent home with but as soon as I stopped them on Thursday it flared up again. they are doing a ultrasound on the area on Monday to see if it shows anything they need to intervene surgically with or whether I just remain on IV antibiotics until it gets better. had several of the ward 64 nurses greet me with “what are you doing back here?” and I replied “thats what I am wondering myself.” Will update from here again if I am in for a longer time but am hoping to be home within a couple of days.

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  1. jayne

     /  January 10, 2009

    I’m hoping by the time you read this the present infection has all but gone and your at home putting your feet up with OH enjoying a glass of red or at the very least a good nights sleep.
    Gertrude was just letting you know she is not leaving without a battle but she doesn’t realise how tough you are and what she’s up against.
    Hang in there, thinking of you always and catch you real soon.
    Jayne x

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  2. jayne

     /  January 10, 2009

    I’m hoping by the time you read this the present infection has all but gone and your at home putting your feet up with OH enjoying a glass of red or at the very least a good nights sleep.
    Hang in there, thinking of you always and catch you real soon.
    Jayne x

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