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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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    No Princess Alone button

slowly but surely

Well, I haven’t been abe to access the net until today. I am still in hospital, they have inserted a PICC line which is a catheter into the vein in my arm for them to deliver the antibiotics through. They were running out of veins in my hands to put needles in.  I have been on a new IV antibiotic since Monday and it seems to be working slowly but surely, there is a bit of discussion about how long I should stay on the IV antibiotics – if it’s more than a week they may look at teaching me how to administer them myself so that I can do it at home with guidance and checkups from the district nurses. But at the moment it looks like I am in until after the weekend at least. They have done another ultrasound of the surrounding tissue and veins to check there is not an underlying issue they need to deal with but that was clear so if we can get on top of this infection then I will be ok. I am having a slight allergic reaction to the radiation like a heat rash but that should ease as my skin gets more used to it. Other than that my radiation therapy is going really well. Will update this again if anything new happens or when I get out of hospital.

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