Sunday, February 14, 2010

What Am I Doing Up This Early?

I wish I could have slept longer. I was thirsty and forgot to take a glass of water upstairs with me last night. So here I am.

Last night we had a nice dinner at Kaos on Broadway with Kelly and Chantelle and Dana and Sue and then we went to Kelly and Chantelle's for cupcakes and Rummoli! The best part was that we all got to sit around the kitchen and watch Chantelle make icing and decorate the mini cupcakes all fancy like! She used her brand new KitchenAid mixer ... Sue and I have appliance envy! I didn't have my camera with me so we used Chantelle's camera and she promised to send me some photos.

And then we played Rummoli, which I'd never played before. A good time was had by all, even Kevin, Sue and I who ended up with the least pennies.

There are no improvements to report in the joint department. Alas. Patience is getting harder to maintain. I really, REALLY believed (and was led to believe) that this joint issue would be a thing of the past by the time I started back to work.

My left underarm is still a little puffy, too. It's been like this for a few weeks (I think) now. Always a little puffy and sometimes worse than others. Last night it was worse. It's puffy above the incision where my two lymph nodes were removed and I'm not sure why. I think I might have to see a Doctor and ask about it just to make sure there isn't something to worry about with the other lymph nodes, which would be in that location. If it had been puffy there the whole time since my surgery last March, I wouldn't think much of it but because it's only really been puffy lately, I think I should have it looked at. Could the radiation have caused some latent swelling? But first the question is who should look at it? My oncologist? My radiation oncologist? My surgeon? My family doctor? I think I'll start with my family doctor. I find I sometimes ask one and they suggest I talk to the other who then suggests I should go back and talk to the one I had just talked to. If they can't figure out who should be treating me for what, how can I? My scheduled appointment to see my radiation oncologist isn't until the end of April but I don't think I should wait that long. I know. I'll call Marg (the oncological nurse) and ask her, which will also give me the opportunity to mention to her that my joints still haven't improved and see if she has anything to say about that. That's what I'll do. Next week.

I'm still so tired. I think I'll go back to bed.



  1. It is a good thing to get an opinion on the relatively new swelling, Heather. Isn't it interesting how thinking "out loud" will get you to the correct decision to start with. Best wishes on your first day at work this week--I guess that will be after Family Day.

  2. Hi Cheryl! I hadn't realized it until you mentioned it, but thinking out loud on my blog really does help me work through some of the decisions I have to make. And having it down in writing really motivates me to act instead of just worry and wonder.

    Thanks for your kind wishes! During the past month I went from dreading going back to work to actually looking forward to it. I think the change in attitude had a lot to do with the changes I could feel in my brain. I'm so glad I was able to enjoy going back. And it was nice to be back today.

  3. I see you as a very strong women. Really you are such brave. Don't much bother from your pain.

  4. Hey, I am really surprised to know about your bravery. And you really fight to your problems. And I am really highly impressed by you. This one is really the magnificent about you. Thanks for sharing.


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