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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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OD here… the message we didn’t expect to be ever writing again, now that chemo is over. Mum clearly missed her doctors and nurses at the hospital far too much and decided to have a resurgence of the infection in her portacath cavity so she can go and visit – and have a holiday from us brats at home, obv.
On a serious note though, she is doing fine (feeling the effects of the radiation more than anything to do with the infection) and the doctors are consulting with several different people to see what they can do to ensure that this is the absolute last time she has to be admitted for this particular issue. At this stage we’re not particularly worried as to how they get rid of this infection completely, just that they do. It’s starting to get beyond a joke… which if you know our family, you’ll know it takes quite a lot before we can stop finding the humour in something.
If you’re in the area, you’re welcome to visit – same hospital, same ward, just Room 12 this time. We expect she’ll be in until at least Monday but as usual, we’ll keep you posted.

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  1. jayne

     /  February 14, 2009

    Thanks for the update od, I intended to visit today but had afew pressing issues to sort out as well… Strange how things can go to custard within hours.
    Still I’m hoping like you all that Jenny will be home tommrrow, -she’s a hard woman to keep down! Lol.
    Lots of happy thoughts and hugs to you all,

  2. BRO

     /  February 16, 2009

    Have talked to Jenny & hope to catch up with her, on our forthcoming trip to Waiheke, next weekend.


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