Well, I have kept getting more active this last week. The only major issue I have at the moment is a bit of tenderness in my right arm about half way between my shoulder and elbow on the underside. The physio thinks it is to do with lymphodema. I think if I have active days I need to lie down for a short time in the middle of the day with my arm elevated instead of spending all day upright with my arm hanging down collecting fluid. I sent an email to my cancer liason nurse to see if she thinks I need to see the lymphodema therapists at the cancer society. I am doing my pilates once a day on my busier days and twice a day on my not-so-busy days. The mobility /range of motion is improving gradually every day.
Last week I achieved quite a bit – I organised an appointment at the corsetieres for my mastectomy bra and prosthesis – this will be happen on the 9th of June. They are also going to put a little pocket for a prosthesis in my existing togs so that I can swim in the resort’s pools while we are in Australia. There is apparently seven different pools!!! Can’t go therre and only look at them!
I also caught on a lot of little errands and while I was out doing them I made sure I got my cardio exercise by parking my car at one end of town and walking to the other. I am supposed to try and get 20-30 minutes cardio exercise by walking 3 times a week.
On Wednesday I had lunch with sis M and niece S and afternoon tea and usual activities with YD.
On Thursday I had my physio appointment for my ‘pink pilates’ she is happy with my progress and is giving me a few more exercises to do each time I see her. Some of them are about regaining my mobility in my arm and some of them are about improving my overall strength and fitness.
On Friday I had my herceptin chemo in the morning at Auckland Hospital. I drove myself in (this last week is the first week I have driven myself around much – no longer have to use the squishy cushion under the seatbelt.) and on the way home I stopped off at Sylvia Park shopping centre to do a couple of errands and get my exercise by working the length of it and back.
After being a busy beaver for the last 3 days and having a few problems with my arm I decided to give myself Saturday off and just have a quiet day at home, as I had already made arrangements with YD to do stuff with her on Sunday. On Sunday OH, YD and I went to Botany for lunch and had a wander round there and did grocery shopping. On the way we stopped off at Manukau and bought me a new digital camera.
Last night and today I have been playing with it and installing the software on my computer to down load pictures etc.