Well its only a day before OH and I go on our trip. Both of us are so looking forward to it.
This week has been a bit busier than I had hoped. On Tuesday morning I had a bit of beauty treatment done legs waxed etc to make me more warm weather presentable as it were. On Tuesday afternoon I went to see the lymphodema therapist who used kinesio tape on me (will put pic on next blog post) Its basically an elasticated adhesive tape which they put in strips up your arm (in mycase) and across my chest which help move the lymph fluid along by acting a a massage as I bend and flex my arm going through my daily business. This will stay on until it starts to peel off on Saturday.
Today, Thursday, I had a appointment with the vascular surgeon about my portacath site and whether or not it had healed properly. The good news is that he doesnt think it needs any further treatment at the moment. The not so good news is that he is still worried about the raised tunnel left under my skin from the catheter going from the portacath to the vein in my neck. He wants to see me in 3-6 months to see if it has resolved itself. The other depressing thing he talked about is what they would need to look at doing if I need more high strength chemo if the cancer comes back. I can only have bloodtests IVs etc in my left arm now as the risk of lymphodema if I have any injury or wound to my right arm. It reminded me of the possibility that the cancer might come back. I felt quite depressed after this appointment and it wasnt til I was talking to OH tonight and he said it was because I was looking for closure at this appointment. I had hoped to go and him say it was all good and he didnt need to see me again. Not only did he not do that but he reminded me that my battle might be over but there was no guarantee that there would not be a resurgence.
I promised some before and after photos so her they are the first one is of me with hair circa August 2006
These are two taken when I had lost my hair, the second one in December shows the extent to which I lost my hair but also how I got a bit bloated from water retention even in the face from the steroids I had to use in conjunction with chemo
The final one is how I look now – short hair, reading glasses and definitely a much better colour to my complexion
Hopefully I will be able to twitter updates while away on holiday – keep an eye on the box on the right – otherwise the next update will be in about a week and a half.