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Well, the medical update first, which is really that there is no update, since I still haven't started with the radiation. I don't guess there's a tearing hurry about it, really, but I've been bugging various people about it and I'm not going to drop it, don't worry. I'm still healing a bit anyway so actually I wasn't mentally ready to start that yet anyway.

We went to see Captain Marvel and both of us really liked it more than we expected to and we're going to see it again tomorrow since there's really nothing else to see anyway. I don't think I really have anything profound to say about Captain Marvel though. (Except maybe that Brie serving popcorn in uniform was kind of the cutest thing ever.) Now I'm counting down to Endgame on my birthday. (I will be 59, y'all. I'm kinda freaking out about that.)




Movies seen in 2019:
1. Bumblebee
2. Into the Spider-verse
3. Lego Movie 2
4. Captain Marvel
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 I've either been sleeping a lot or not at all - basically I'm swinging back and forth between those two - which is partly why I haven't gotten around to posting again. I am fine, though, just recovering. The pathology reports came back and they were good - not a very invasive form of cancer, and they think they got it all. I still have to have radiation treatments though. The way the surgeon put it was "a lumpectomy plus radiation equals a mastectomy" - I assume that she meant that the outcomes are comparable.

I did have to go back to the ER last weekend (I mean a week ago, right after the surgery, not this past weekend) because one of my incisions started getting infected. But I had a week of Bactrim and that's resolved itself. I apologized to Rob for making him come with me because we were there for hours, and really I could have gone by myself, as it turns out. But we didn't know that in advance, of course. Rob sat in the lobby and kicked his heels for a couple of hours - I kept calling him periodically and giving him updates - and finally I had them bring him back to the room so at least he could talk to me. They weren't really that busy - the reason it took so long was that they felt like they had to get hold of the surgeon, or at least somebody from the surgery department, and make sure they approved of what the ER was doing. And it was Sunday afternoon and naturally everybody was scattered to hell & gone. But eventually they gave me the antibiotic prescription and let me go.

The surgeon called me on Friday about the path reports, and then I went in to see her today, and she seemed surprised that I didn't have appointments with Radiation Oncology already. As far as I knew we were waiting on the pathology stuff - I love it when doctors think you're supposed to read their minds. (But I liked the surgeon a lot, overall.) And between Friday afternoon and Monday noon there's not a lot of working time for RadOnc to have called me! Anyway, I assume this will get sorted soon.

Aftercare

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:03 am
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I was just reading my "after visit summary." Apparently I was supposed to eat lightly today. Oops - we ended up at Jason's Deli, because I was starving. I did think about it and I said, "They would have told me if I was only supposed to eat soft food or something, right?" I dunno, maybe they said it and I just didn't take it in. But I gather from reading all that that they were primarily worried about nausea, and that definitely didn't happen.
 
Well, everything went relatively smoothly. I had a spate of energy and wrote some stuff on the TUS board, so let me just quote myself:
 
I had a lumpectomy and apparently also had a lymph node removed earlier today. I am at home and awake (although if I say anything really stupid, can we agree to blame it on the drugs?) and I'm sore but I really don't feel that bad, to my surprise. I'm guessing the soreness is likely to be worse tomorrow.

Actually, nobody thought to tell me before this morning that the node removal thing was even a possibility, but it's a heckuva lot better than waking up with no breast, which I gather was a thing that used to happen. And I know the lymph system is how it's most likely to spread. I was groggy and wasn't asking a lot of questions when the surgeon came in afterwards, but I have an appointment with her next week, and I probably ought to quiz her on this point a bit, because they don't seem to think it had spread, so I don't know if the node thing was just a precaution or what. Unless the pathologist comes back with a bad answer that nobody seems to expect, this is almost the most minor breast cancer possible. (I feel like I'm tempting fate every time I say something like that, though.) Even the surgeon said she couldn't feel the lump, and she also said she was impressed that the radiologist caught it on the mammogram. It's something like 8mm, which I think of as being the size of a fairly small bead. I do have to have a few radiation treatments even in the best case.

I only wrote a couple of paragraphs about this on Dreamwidth before today, and I've told very few people in real life. I think I may have avoided talking about it too much because I didn't want to hear any breast cancer horror stories. I'm not sure. Also where I work it's pretty busy and I really don't want to be discussing my medical stuff with every random medical student who comes in the door. But I'm not completely opposed to talking about it now that the surgery is over. Which I guess is good, because if my hair falls out after the radiation, all in-person secrecy is going to be out the window.


Update

Feb. 18th, 2019 11:58 pm
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Lumpectomy is Thursday. We've already paid our estimated chunk of it - in fact, the estimated total for the lumpectomy is only slightly more than the actual total for the biopsy was. Somehow that made me feel obscurely better. Like that means it won't be any worse than the biopsy was. Actually the worst part of the biopsy was I had to keep my arm up over my head the whole time, but this time I'll be asleep so I won't have that problem. Anyway, I'm okay so far. I'll report back afterwards, but don't expect that to happen too quickly. Full anesthesia takes a while to recover from, as I recall.

The Big C

Feb. 9th, 2019 04:09 am
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Well, so the biopsy was positive. I am actually not completely freaking out about it because it's very minor, as cancer goes. It's small and it's away from the chest wall (which apparently is good) and there's no lymph node involvement (I know that's good, it has to do with the way cancer can spread, for one thing) - I just have to have a lumpectomy. And that's really all I know right now. I have an appointment with the surgeon next week so that's when I'll know more.

I didn't tell anybody but Rob and my boss and my sister, so far. I definitely want as few people as possible to know at work because I don't want to have to deal with a million questions about it. Thank goodness for HIPAA, because I can tell you from personal experience that in the old days everybody in the whole hospital knew everything, pretty much immediately. It's a small town, where I work. (Far as I know, nobody I know in real life follows me here, so I'm not worried about you guys.)

I had a bad feeling about it - the first radiologist I talked to acted like it was probably nothing, but then after that I could just tell from the way they were talking that it sounded more worrisome. Then I got a call this morning from a doctor (rather than a nurse) and by the time I woke up he had called several times. So that didn't sound like it was going to be good news. But cancer is not the death sentence it used to be, in general. I've even managed to completely forget about this whole thing for long stretches of the day today.


Um, as far as the rest of life, I'm still playing Covet Fashion with my sister - have I talked about this here? and my god, is she competitive. I'm actually getting pretty good scores though so I may give her more of a run for her money than she expected. Also I finally went to my second movie of 2019 and it was a repeat - Into the Spider-verse. I liked it even better the second time. We will probably go see the Lego thing this weekend but we are waiting til Sunday night so there will hopefully be fewer kids.

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