It’s been great being out of hospital this week, only trouble is trying to convince people that even though I have been in hospital for the best part of the month that I am not that sick really. Its just the necessity of needing IV antibiotics because of the doses needed to budge the infection in the tunnel left by the portacath tube that insured my prolonged stay in hospital. I was not feeling actually sick at all – just had pain at the site of the infection. I am on antibiotic tablets (augmentin) til next Monday. The Drs on the ward checked the site on Tuesday and are pleased with its progress but will check it again on Friday. The PICC line is staying in until we are sure that the infection is not recurring after the antibiotic tablets are finished. Radiation nurses are flushing the PICC line each day when I am there.
Radiation is such a piece of cake, compared to chemo. I am still having after-effects from chemo, its part of the reason I am having so much trouble with this infection. My hands and feet are still suffering side effects although the water retention in my feet has dissipated. The soles of my feet is very cracked still and I still have residual numbness in my toes and in my index fingers and middle fingers of each hand, they’re are still not quite right. And my fingernails is still recovering I may lose some of them.
On the good news front my hair has started growing back. I need to get it trimmed before a wedding we have got next week. I have also lost most of my chemo induced weight gain. So I am feeling great about that!!