It was too soon to wear pants….

and other things I have learned this week….

Saturday I went to a work function just to pop in and give some hugs to friends. I put on a pair of jeans and felt pretty comfortable. I liked seeing everyone, did a little shopping and headed home. I did a little housework and rested on my very worn corner of the couch. After some time I realized that the jeans were pushing too much on my abdomen and off they went. It was too soon to wear pants.

Went in for my yearly check up with my primary care physician. I absolutely adore my doctor. She is a breast cancer survivor herself and she is very big into less prescription medicines and more supplements and nutrition for encouraging our bodies to take care of themselves. During our visit she realized she wanted to do more lab work. Oh no, that means her nurse is going to come in and draw blood. I like the nurse, I really do. It is hit or miss with her though. If she is having a good day she can draw blood like a pro, if it is a bad day she tortures you. Today was a bad day, she ran out of gas and had to be picked up so she was late for work. Sure enough she inserted the needle and it hurt, she spun it around because she missed the vein, no blood. So she takes it out and tries a different spot. Same thing, no blood. She switched to a smaller needle so it would be less painful. It was. Still no blood. I am now nearly in tears. She is now freaked out. The only other option is to try to find a vein in my hand. I didn’t want to do it. Neither did she. So I get to drop by tomorrow and try again. Bleh

I drove for the first time today since my surgery. Parking in the garage was tricky. I did alright. It would have been better if my right arm wasn’t feeling like a pin cushion.

This week I have on my schedule; dinner with a friend, painting with a virtual stranger, coffee drop off to say good-bye to a beloved co-worker, apparently more blood draws and my favorite thing, the mini-spa day. It will be  a great way to train my body into understanding it has to go back to work full-time next week.

Speaking of work, I ordered more yoga style leggings today. I will not make the mistake of wearing pants again.

 

 

 

15 comments

  1. Gail · October 31, 2016

    After my cancer surgery I wore leggings almost exclusively. I wrote about it. https://capablefitness.com/2016/03/16/zip-something-im-giving-up-on-you/ They are much more comfortable while recovering.

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  2. neveradullbling · October 31, 2016

    Drink lots of water tonight and then apply moist heat to your veins right before the draw (ask them for a warming pack). It may help. Hope it goes better tomorrow! 😀

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  3. ladieswholunchreviews · November 1, 2016

    Hi, just had my chemo orientation, first treatment will be Friday. They are giving me Cytoxan (cyclopbosphamide) and Taxotere and Neulasta for infection. Did you have different drugs?

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    • breidengale · November 2, 2016

      I had the same two drugs TC but I did not have to do Neulasta. The first treatment is so scary because you worry about how you will feel during and after. Always waiting for the other shoe to drop. The last appointment is the hardest because it has built up in your system so much you are exhausted emotionally and physically. I did workout the whole time while those meds. The youtube page Season #1 shows me going through chemo with those drugs…or at least me struggling through it.

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      • ladieswholunchreviews · November 2, 2016

        Yep, I’m nervous! I’m glad it wasn’t too bad for you. I will drink gallons of water and walk and eat well. The neulasta seems standard to help fight infection with my doctor. Yeah, people have told me the last one is hard — then two weeks later we go on vacation with my still sloshy boob and bald head!

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      • breidengale · November 3, 2016

        sloshy boob and bald head and a new sense of strength that you never even knew existed in you. You will still be tired but it will be over and that is the best feeling. I drank smartwater because it tasted better. weird. eating well lots of water and walking ALL the best things you can do for you. I was able to keep working and that forced me to not nap all day. Even though my brain told me too I am glad I didn’t. I have seen people do that and then they so easily fall into doing nothing all day… that would be hard on me mentally. Love you! You can do this! Keep writing, it helps too.

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      • ladieswholunchreviews · November 3, 2016

        Thanks, honey, I will try. I’m scared but I know it will be okay in the end

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      • ladieswholunchreviews · November 2, 2016

        Ooh, one more thing. Did you lose eyebrows, eyelashes or have problems with your nails?

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      • breidengale · November 3, 2016

        I still have problems with my nails. But that didn’t start until AFTER my last dose of chemo. they started growing and when they did they grew back ‘rotten’ they are still thin and bumpy and it is hard to get them long…I take 10,000 biotin to help with the nail and hair growth. I never lost my eyelashes and just a little of my eye brows. Spots on my head still grew hair all through treatment so I actually had to shave it twice! I didn’t end up with neuropathy BUT my finger tips got so dried out to the point of being uncomfortable. I wore gloves to do the dishes because the water made it worse. I had the metallic taste in my mouth for one day and salty foods helped like soup with chicken… I will message you via Facebook if you wish…

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      • ladieswholunchreviews · November 3, 2016

        Thanks, I forgot about messaging!

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  4. jacquelineobyikocha · November 1, 2016

    I felt pain reading this. I hate those needles. I hope she has better luck next time and no more torturing.

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    • breidengale · November 2, 2016

      I went back the next day. Two nurses, one needle this time! The one nurse attributed it to PTSD. I think there is a lot of truth in that

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