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Well I don't know how many of you have gone back to work or stayed working while doing treatments and had a rough time of adjusting to it all.
I just recently went back to work on Wednesday and worked 8 hours that day and the next. I was so bone weary tired on Friday I had to call in. You don't really know how it's going to be until you try to get back into the same routine. I have to sit down and test AED's (automatic external defibrillator) so I was in a certain postion all day. I got up and walked around and then my feet started to hurt. I had a 3 day weekend so we will see how it goes. I now know what Marge said about a big vat of Ben Gay for our bodies. lol

Has it been o.k. for most of you to get back?

Living with hope,
Sharon

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I don't know if I could have worked 9 to 5 in a regular office, although I did work throughout my treatment. When my hemoglobin was way down and on the 4th & 5th days after chemo when I was achy, I would work but take long breaks and even lay down. I plan to really cut back my work hours during radiation, and have someone trained and willing to cover for me. I will be curious to know how long it will be after treatment until I am back to my old self, working 60 hours a week and living hard, full-steam-ahead, the rest of the time.

Listen to your body. That's all you can do.

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I went back to work early on - about 8 weeks after surgery and worked throughout chemo - first at fulltime then cut back to 80%. I work in an office (clinical social work) so work is not physically taxing. I think it has helped me psychologically. Being home gives me too much time to think and worry.

Mary Ann

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Sorry to hear you had such a tiring time at work the first two days. Hope after your three days of rest you are feeling better. Hope you can work something out with your employer for maybe shorter work days, or fewer work days.
I am a nurse and had worked 12 hour shifts. I should not be around the infections in the hospital, and I don't think I could work the 12 hours right now, so I am not working. It is nice to be able to rest when I feel like it. Could not do that working 12 hours. I've gotten pretty lazy since I don't have to get up at 5:30 anymore.
Take care and hope you are feeling better.

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Hi Ro, I made it through today and I will just see how the rest of the week goes. I just get so stiff even with doing stretching exercises in the morning. I try to keep limber but it still is hard to deal with. I am going to try to take a Tylenol before work and see how that goes. I get up at 4 a.m. and start work at 6. You being a nurse and work on your feet all the time, what is the best shoes to wear in your opinion. I still have problems with the bottoms of my feet hurting. Hope you can help in the shoe department. lol

Hoping you are having no problems, and have a great day.

Sharon

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I wonder if the stiffness will ever go away. I'm afraid to sit for to long and when I do I'm cautious on getting up. Not sure whether my muscles are going to move or the bottom of my feet are going to hurt. Ohhhh, please give me that vat of Ben Gay!

Hang in there and hope all are doing well.

MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Hugs.

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Hi Marge, I feel the same way you do, I get up from my chair at work slowly and it takes a few minutes to get the muscles to work. I did take a Tylenol last night and then today it wasn't so bad so maybe it is getting better, but I think the stiffness is going to be around for awhile.
I at least don't have to stand on my feet at work, so that is a good thing.

I am pushing myself, not in a bad way but making the best out of the situation and maybe going back to work is keeping my mind off of a lot of things.

Hanging sorely, but hanging in there.
I have peach fuzz too it feels so weird. lol

Hugs to you too, we need a new picture of the hair that you have to comb.

Sharon

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Sharon glad you made it through Monday, and hope you can make it the rest of the week. I do not envy you getting up at 4:00. That would be so hard to do. Sorry about your stiffness and sore feet. When your feet hurt, you feel miserable all over. I always liked Nurse Mate shoes, but lately had been wearing tennis shoes that have good support. I always felt tie shoes gave me better support, too. I never had trouble with my feet, except when I had plantar's fascitis. Luckily that went away.
My radiation treatment was cancelled on Monday, as they were having trouble with the machine. I hope they got it fixed for today's treatment. Don't know what that will mean for the treatment plan. If they will add a treatment at the end or what.
Take care Sharon, and I hope the Tyelonal worked to help you make it through the day easier. Hope you can rest when you get home.

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I think I might just get some inserts like the gel ones so I can be gell-in all the time. lol I love those commercials.
I also may try a pair of Croc's I see some nurses with them on, have you ever worn them.
I can't wear shoe that tie because one foot swells at the end of the day and it gets to tight.I have slip on Sketcher's right now and they are o.k.
One of my radiation treatments was in the middle of a holiday so they just added it on to the end. I sure hope they fix that machine in a hurry for you. You still have chemo treatments too right?
Well take care and have a wonderful day.
Hugs to you too.
Sharon

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I had treatment number 9 today. The doctor said they would just add the treatment on the end. I had blood work drawn today, too, but won't have the results until tomorrow when I go for treatment. I have never worn Croc's. They do not look like they would give me enough support. I know lots of nurse's that really like them. I have some arthritis in my feet and the orthopedic doctor told me the soles of the shoes should be very stiff to help prevent the bending of the foot and help reduce the arthritis pain. I still have 3 more chemo treatments after I finish all the external and internal radiation.
sharon I hope you have a good day tomorrow. Keep up the tyelonal. Take Care.

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Hi Ro I am so glad that the machine is fixed, we don't want to have to many delays in your treatment now do we? How are you feeling with number 9 done? I try to remember my treatments and it was so much of a blur to me I think we are all in some kind of fog when we go through our treatments. I sit and think of what they were like and the side effects from radiation then I start to remember some things. Good luck with the blood tests, and have a good day.

Smiling for you all,
Sharon

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Aloha Sharon I'm an RN as well; I work in homecare with lots of driving; had my last chemo 11/26/08 and am still not able to work my usual 30 hours a week; I guess we're all in the same boat as to when do I get "A" life back (have given up getting the old life back); does anyone have any stats about how long it takes to recover from chemo;I thought when I managed to survive surgery than 8 cycles of chemo the worst was over; quite a shock to realize the struggle was just beginning; it seems medical community has no answers and aftercare is some vague feel good platitude; Livenow09

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Livenow09,
Hello. I too am a nurse. I don't have any statistics, but when I started considering applying for disability, I spoke to my doctor. He told me then that it would be a MINIMUM of 6 months before I started to "feel better," from chemo. I am still in taking chemo, but only for one more treatment. I did apply for disability and was approved, at least for 3 years. I wanted to be able to work part time if I could, but did not have the leave left to be able to do that. So I applied for the disability. I just did not want to be pushed and stressed while recovering. I wanted a slower pace to be able to slow down and take care of myself. I wish you all could do the same. I am so much more relaxed knowing that after that last chemo treatment, there will be nothing putting me on a time schedule for a while. I will eventually find something a day or two per week to keep me busy, but for now, I am just going to focus on healing my body. Taking care of me. I have worked and/or gone to school since I was 15 years old. I am planning on focusing on getting healthy and staying healthy.
Good luck and God Bless!

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Deanna that has to be a relief to have the approval for disability. Now you can concentrate on getting healthy and staying healthy. I am happy to hear they approved it for you. I hope your sinus infection is better now too. Before you know it your last chemo will be over and you can get on with your life.....with rest and recuperation. Take care.

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For me, Crocs are almost as good as going barefoot. I wore high heels to a bridal shower Sunday and was almost limping when I got home, and they were a pair of heels that I used to wear all the time! My feet were even RED on the bottom, and the neuropathy that is usually confined to just a few toes seemed to be all over the balls of my feet when I took the heels off. Buy the real Crocs, not any cheap imitations, and I think you may be pleasantly surprised, so much wiggle room for your toes! My husband thinks they are, quote, "butt ugly" but they are so darned comfortable that I am spoiled for anything else. All the nurses at my chemo center wore them. I have a couple pairs of the warm lined ones for winter and the open ones for summer. Love them. As for the gel inserts, I used them in my work-out shoes ("gellin' like a felon") when I used to go to the gym every day and they really did feel good, although they make your shoes feel tighter.

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I wore the Crocs when I worked in the cath lab and loved them while working. They were also very convenient for changing in and out of scrubs. However it seemed like my feet hurt at the end of the day when I took them off. So, I am not sure how much support they were providing?! I have heard from several of my nurse friends that MBT's are amazingly comfortable and supposed to be very supportive for your feet, as wells as knees, hips and low back.They are some kind of Swiss brand and are very expensive and I had actually ordered a pair right before my surgery. Then I didn't go back to work as planned and they were delivered while I was in the hospital. I had forgotten all about them and tried them on the other day. They are too small and it's about 7 months too late to return them. Oh well... I guess I will sell them on ebay. Anyway, I'm told they are well worth the money. I have a male nurse friend who has arthritis in feet, ankles and knees and he swears by them.

Well, I hope all of you are doing great. I wonder how Peggy is doing... we haven't heard from her in a while. I pray that she and her family are getting along okay.

I have a CT scan tomorrow....yuck! The last one was a disaster with the IV infiltrating the contrast into the tissue in my arm and the whole trip to the ER the day after my first chemo. Kinda puts a bad taste in your mouth and makes you a little more nervous about having another one. Suppose I should get used to it since we have to have them so often. So I say my prayer and mentally prepare for hopefully an uneventful scan tomorrow! Hopefully they will be able to access my port this time. It has worked like a gem for all of my chemo treatments. Then the waiting for the results begins. Last time I didn't hear anything for a week and had to call them. This time, I am going to call them each day, so they don't forget! LOL

Sharon, I hope you are still feeling okay and making it through your work week. My hair started to grow back with my 2 week chemo delay and it has just fallen out again. I kinda liked that peach fuzz and you are right, it feels funny. Maybe we could all just keep it that way and start a fashion statement!

Linda, how is the progress with your hair? Is it growing back yet?

As always, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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My mom had an anaphylactic reaction to the IVP dye for CATscan for kidney stones which showed the endometrial thickening in October(which resulted in her dx) and she wound up in the ER and tele overnight-double whammy- so now they give her oral contrast and she has not had a problem. Hope the results come sooner. Bonniesue

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Deanna,

Good luck with CT tomorrow. When I had my CT recently I asked if they could use the port and they said, only if I had a "super port" - which I don't. It would be great if the port could be used to avoid that horrible experience you had.

Best wishes, Mary Ann

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Thank you for the good luck wishes. I did have my CT today and they were not able to use my port. It is a power port, but they were not able to access it and thought it was clotted off. They started an IV in my wrist and were able to complete the CT... thank the Lord! I went to my gyn/onc office after the CT and they were able to access it, get a good blood return and flush it easily. So, I think the nurses trying to access it for the CT scan just didn't have enough experience with ports. It all worked out okay and it is done, so that is the important thing. Now, the hard part is waiting for the results.

Prayers and hugs to you Mary Ann

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Thanks for telling me how you like the Croc's, I too have the balls of my feet and a few toes that bother me the most. So sorry about your heels though, that must of surprised you.
I have heard that B complex is good for neuropathy, I take them but I should take 2 a day I think. I will try to ask my doctor also if it gets any worse than it is now.
I will order a pair this weekend and see how I like them.

Smiles for you,
Sharon

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My husband asked if my hair was growing back at all, and laughed when I said "yes" and whipped off my baseball hat to show him. There is the tiniest peach fuzz on my head, as transparent, tiny, and babyfine as the hair you typically have on your face: invisible. I still get a reflection off my head from overhead lights, so I guess I am still very bald. It'll be 4 weeks tomorrow from my last chemo so I think it's too soon to be looking for hair.

DEANNA: I'll be thinking of you and holding you in prayer today as you have your CT-scan. I hope it goes more smoothly. They had to call in the IV Team to get my needle in for my 'positioning CT' last Friday, after a couple of people tried and I ended up having to use a vein on the inside of my arm, leaving me looking like a junky afterwards with all these new bruises. But I think I have until July until I go through it again. Like you, I know it has to be done so I try and shake it off and forget. Let's allow TODAY's good experience to wipe out the memories of last time for you!

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Fun to watch how the hair grows back. Mine started out all white, I thought for sure I was going to be completely grey. Now, all the black has come in and my hair is starting to get thick. I still rub my head and run my fingers through my hair. I shaved my head completely on January 17 so in three months I now have to start combing it and going to purchase some gel to keep it from sticking up. Very Exciting!!!

I took two asprins before my walk last night and that help alot with my feet and ankle pain. I'm cranking out two miles with no problem and would like to go further but my feet and ankles don't want me to. 30 to 45 minutes of walking is about all I can do. I go back for my 3 month check up next week (the 29th) and going to ask the oncol lots of questions about the foot pain and muscle stiffness.

Deanna, praying everything goes well with your CT scan today.

MIND, BODY AND SOUL!!!

Hugs to all.

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Well, it was a lot better than last time, but still some complications. They couldn't get my port accessed and thought it was clotted. Thank goodness it wasn't. They were able to get an IV started in my wrist and it held up for the CT scan. Yeah! Then I had to go to the doctor's office to have a clot buster put in the port, but when they got the needle in, it flushed just fine and gave good blood. So, they just didn't have it accessed right in xray. I am so glad that it wasn't clotted!
I have to go in Monday for labs prior to chemo, so I hope they will have the results of the CT by then.
Thanks for all of the positive thoughts and prayers. I still have some peach fuzz on my head, but my eyebrows and eye lashes are almost gone. Makes me look a little ghostly!

Hugs,
Deanna

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Deanna, Glad all went well for you today. Hope you are dancing with NED soon.

Mary Ann

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I hope you get good results from the CT scan, too. Hope your blood work is good next week for you to get your chemo, too. Hang in there and have a good restful weekend. I am glad your port was not clotted. Do they have you on a small dose of coumadin to keep your port from clotting?

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Yes, they flush it with heparin. I try to pay attention and make sure that they remember to flush it with the heparin. I'm always worried that they will forget. Today when they thought it was clotted, they were going to put TPA in it. I am just so thankful that it wasn't clotted! I don't think the nurse that was trying to access it had much experience with port a caths. She didn't seem too sure of herself.

It all worked out... and a huge improvement over the last CT.

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I have a power port and only one time did it have problems. The lab tech told me it may just have a kink in it and to put my arm over my head and see if that would help, it did and it worked. I have seen people have to slouch down in a chair to make it work too. I heard that they have something to unclog it, but it takes about 45 minutes to do. I still love having the port. My veins are terrible, and I like Linda sometimes looks like a pin cushion. Hope from now on that it goes easier for you.

Hugs to you,
Sharon

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I really like having the port, but I think it move a little and if whoever is accessing it doesn't have much experience with them,it is difficult for them. They were going to use TPA today to declot it, but we didn't need it. She said the TPA has to sit in the tubing for 30 minutes. This is the second time they had trouble and both were in radiology. I think it is just a bit positional and needs an experienced operator!
It's all good, the CT is done.... next obstacle is chemo on Monday and only 1 more after that!

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Hi Marge,

Good job on the walking - it's been a challenge for me to get back in the routine of exercise. I still have a hard time even getting out of the car!!! But I dragged my butt out of bed today and 6 and walked 2 miles. It felt good afterward

And I too am excited about my velvety gray cap - it's starting to curl a little and even get "messed up". Isn't it crazy to get excited aobut stuff like that!!

Mary Ann

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I am so happy for all of you and your growing hair. Can't wait to join you and I am looking forward to finding out what color it will be now. LOL I hear a lot of people say that it comes back in curly for a while, then it gradually returns to its prior texture. While my chemo was postponed, my hair started to grow and I saw a lot of very light colored (maybe grey?) hair. Looking forward...

Sharon, I hope you are feeling okay and getting through your work week. You were on my mind today.

Hugs to all,
Deanna

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Deanna I will be waiting for the results of your ct scan too. I will be hoping and sending prayers your way. The waiting is just awful, and I don't think any of us disagree on that.
My fuzz is all white with some black ones just like it was before. I do have some real prickly hairs standing straight up all over my head, pretty weird but I like them. lol

I am doing much better on working, I made it through 3 days and I think I can make it all week. I think seeing my co-workers again and most of them are young kids, make it so much easier, they are a lot of fun.

Have a great day,
Sharon

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Glad you have made it three days working. Hope the next two days go well for you. When you get those new shoes, hopefully each day will be better. Just when you get your energy up and no sore feet it will be time to quit working.

I keep thinking I will start getting some hair back, as it has been 6 weeks since my last chemo. I have not noticed anything yet. I look forward to getting some peach fuzz, even though it will fall out again with my last 3 chemo treatments.

I had radiation treatment #12 and am still doing okay. My blood count this week was not different than 2 weeks ago, so it is doing good.

Warmer weather is finally here in Illinois, so it has been nice to be outside.

HUGs to all.

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I have to laugh about you still rubbing your head, I can't stop. lol I am so excited about the fuzz and I think it's a habit I won't be able to break. lol
Great on the walking, I have a nice area at work to go walking so I am starting to walk around the building a little bit, then when I get some better shoes I will do more.

Well Marge, here's to head rubbing for us all. lol

Big smiley face here,
Sharon

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I catch myself rubbing my peach fuzz too. My MIL says it's replacement for the hair twisting that I did when I had hair. I didn't realize I did that so much. She's probably right.
Funny story... It was warm this morning heading in for the CT, so when we got there, I didn't wear a hat. I have so many hot flashes that being bald has been an amazing help with cooling off. So I went in the dr office without a hat. This man walks by me and says... "nice do." I laughed so hard and the rest of the day I went without a hat... even to Shoney's when we ate lunch. Being bald is a part of who I am right now so why cover it up? Now that the weather is warming up, I will probably being going without a hat and staying comfortable.

Hope you have an easy rest of the week. Take care.

Love and hugs to all...

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Marge, it looks great with you combing your hair, I love the picture. I am so jealous of you.lol I can't wait to see what happens when you gel it. I have white fuzz now, and it will probably stay that way with a little black in it.
You are doing great with your walking, and I am trying to do a little each day. I took a
Aleve and that helped with the left leg, but I find my ankle wants to give out when I walk sometimes, has this happened with you? Good luck with your CT scan next week, I will have my fingers crossed that everything will be just fine.

Hugs to you,
Smiling at your new picture.
Sharon

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I've started going places bald-headed now, too! Up until recently, I'd wear a little cap even at home because I felt cold without it. And when I'd go out, I'd wear my wig or one of my fancier 'jockey' hats, so that I wouldn't look pitiful. But last weekend, (opening day of trout season here in Pennsylvania), I wore my wig up to my son's camper. I was SOOOOO hot and sweaty there by the stream, helping the grandkids re-bait their hooks a million times and taking photos of them with their catches. When I took off my wig, the little liner under it was all wet with sweat. That was it. I washed my wig, put it on the stand, and have been going around bald-headed everywhere since. I will try and draw on eyebrows every day, but hats and wigs, from now on, will be for 'occasions'. It's getting warmer here and the spring air feels tooooo lovely on my bald head, and I refuse to not enjoy that luscious feeling! HA!

Deanna: Sooooo glad the CT-scan went smoothly, comparatively and is over. It is so good to check off each hurdle. I know you will get a NED outcome!

I am enjoying this break before daily radiation (starts 4/30). I planted 6 little trees yesterday (5 tiny red maples and 1 filbert hickory nut tree), for Earth Day. The tiny maples are only 2' tall and I put them in a 'nursery bed' I have to allow them to mature a couple of years before I find them permanent homes. I set the hickory out in my lawn since it was bigger, so planting that one was a little more work, as it needed a bigger hole and protection from the many rabbits that live in my woods. It is good to be able to do physical labor without my heart pounding from low hemoglobin: I think I'm recovered from my chemo!

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My husband is getting a kick out of me going around bald. I feel like all of this is giving me an acceptance of myself like I've never had before. I met a couple of my friends from high school today at the park for a walk and picnic lunch. I wore a hat for the walk as I don't want to burn my head, but I took it off for lunch. It feels fabulous, especially when you are hot and sweaty! I have just decided that I am accepting that for now I am bald and people will just have to deal! I get tickled at the look on people's faces. Seems like when they see that I am okay with it, they are okay with it too.

I am happy that you are feeling so well. Planting trees is hard work! It is fantastic that you are feeling well enough to do it! Yeah!!! I think you have conquered the hardest part of treatment.

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I am going back Monday,half days for 2 weeks. I know what you mean by being tired. I guess it is from just sitting around doing nothing for so long. I hope my energy picks up again soon.

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Hi Linda, I should have gone back half days also but I have to get up so early I said I might as well just do the eight hours and take off when I need to. I have sick days coming to me so I use them. I will also be finished with working because of a lay-off at the end of June. I hope it gets easier for you to get back into the swing of working.

Take care of yourself,
Sharon

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My 7 year old grandson really made being bald okay for me. He was sleeping over and climbed onto my lap and ran his hand over my bald head, looked me striaght in the eye, and said in his most serious way, "I don't care, Grammy. I just love you so much." And I decided, then and there, that I don't care either. I love me so much, too! HA!

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That would certainly make your day. I am so glad your grandkids add so much enjoyment to your life.

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Being bald is definately not as bad as I had anticipated and as time goes by, I get more used to it and it just seems a part of me. I am bald, why cover it up if it is uncomfortable. Especially with this fantastic warm weather. It is just too hot to wear a hat or wig all the time. For now... I like my bald head.

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On the 19th and 20th I was put on a liquid diet. On the 21st I checked into the hospital and under general anesthesia the implant instruments were placed in my vagina.Following recovery I was taken to my hospital room where the cesium was loaded into the implant.I had to lay on my back for 32 hours then at 8 pm on the 22nd the implant was removed and I went home. I'm feeling a little achey but nothing I can't handle, happy it's over with. Will be starting my last 3 rounds of chemo around the 2nd week of May.
Ro, I know your going to be having this done soon and I know you'll be fine. I had a roommate and that helped alot.

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Hi Teresa,

I am happy that you are finished with your radiation. That must be a relief to you. Your last 3 rounds will be a piece of cake now. Best wishes,

Mary Ann

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I have been thinking and praying extra for you this week. I am glad you have the internal radiation out of the way. I am surprised you only had to stay in the hospital one night. That was great for you. Hope the achiness goes away soon for you. Enjoy your break before you start your last three chemo treatments. I figure I will finish my external radiation on May 18th. Then I will have the internal radiation. I don't look forward to having to stay on my back for that long. Could you raise you head up at all? Take care. HUGS to you.

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Teresa, it's good that you have that done now, being on your back for that long wow. I have read so many different treatment processes here I can't believe what we all go through and still have the strength to go on. How do we all do it? Here's to us all. HOO-Rah

The last 3 rounds will go so fast for you now because of what you have already finished.
Good luck with feeling well for all of the treatments and very little side effects.

Happy Dance for you,
Sharon

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Linda give your grandson a big hug from me, I think that's so nice of him to say that to you. I am glad you love you too. lol
Sharon

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Thanks for checking in, Teresa! It's good to know that you have that ordeal behind you and that it wasn't that bad. So are you on a complete break from treatment until the 2nd week of May? I'm really enjoying my break between chemo and radiation. It's nice not to be running over to the hospital, and I feel completely recovered from chemo now (last chemo round 3/26; pelvic radiation to start 4/30). Today I spent 3 hours lifting plants (rose campion, black-eyed susans, larkspur, columbine, and sweet williams) that seeded themselves or sprawled into the 8" edging of bare mulch that I like to have outlining all of my flower beds. I plunked some of these little flower plants into bare spots in my borders and moved most of them to along the edge of the woods where I will just let God take care of them from now on. It was so good to work outside and wonderful that it is warm enough at last that it is pleasant. I worked bald-headed and hope I don't have a sunburn on my noggin! I hope that your achiness goes away and that you can enjoy your 'spring break'!

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Teresa 61
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Mary Ann, Ro, Sharon and Linda, thank you all for your wonderful posts. Meant alot to me as I'am so happy to have this part of my treatments over with.
Ro, you can raise your bed up a little and you can move your feet and legs. You mainly just have to keep your hips flat so the implant doesn't get moved around. Nothing really hurt me, just uncomfortable every now and then and the nurses were very generous with relaxers or pain medication.I suffered more during the time before the procedure just having to much time to think about it then I did when I acually had the implant. I will be so happy for you too when it's a done deal for you. Like Sharon said "Just how do we all go through all of this"....
I was reading your blogs on soar feet. My feet hurt to since chemo. I wear Easy Spirit style "Traveltime" 0707 shoes. I even wear them around the house when I'am in my robe as my feet hurt even when I try to wear my slippers.

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Ro10
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Hope you are feeling better now. Sorry to hear about your sore feet, too. I am glad your Easy Spirit Shoes make your feet feel better. They probably give your feet more support than your slippers do. Hope you are enjoying your "free" time. It will be interesting to compare my preparation for the internal radiation to yours, and what the hospital stay will be like. I appreciate hearing about your experience.

deanna14
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Joined: Oct 2008

Congrats on having that stage of treatments behind you. Hopefully those last 3 chemo treatments will go smoothly. You have cleared one more hurdle and you are almost to the finish line.
Take care, I hope the achiness goes away soon.
Hugs,
Deanna

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