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New Normal Redux

In the days following my hospital discharge for a port-associated blood clot, I've added to my To Do list and have been checking off the tasks.

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That Was Quick (Go-Bag's Maiden Voyage)

Four days after I posted my entry on my ER Go-Bag, I had to use it. Or, as one of my nurses put it, "That's spooky."

On Friday, two days after I posted the entry, I spotted a bruise-like skin discoloration on my right side, level with my breasts. It was about the size of a quarter but it wasn't painful or tender. I figured I had inadvertently bumped into something and left it at that. Later on I noticed other skin discolorations on my torso, which looked more like stretch marks.

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Go Bag/Thoughts on a Commercial

Happy New Year, everyone!

1. Go Bag

Thanks to the need to reach a minimum purchase on a good sale to get free shipping last month, I ordered a decent-sized fanny pack. I have tasked that fanny pack with being my hospital emergency go-bag.

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Lights

On Thursday night I grabbed my camera and tripod and took a jaunt around the neighborhood. We have a Christmas Full Moon coming up, but Christmas night is forecast to be cloudier than tonight. Better strike while the shutter release is hot!

The Moon is about 10 hours prior to Full at the time of this shot. Its features are veiled, but I could still spy a bit of detail:

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Unite and Conquer

On Dec. 5 I celebrated my first full year after completing active treatment (lumpectomy/chemo/radiation) and the end of my first year on anastrazole (at least four more years to go). I still deal with fatigue and vertigo, along with increased carpal tunnel syndrome flare-ups.

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Resources

First, a quick update. My quarterly appointment with my oncologist went well. We agreed that as long as I can manage my carpal tunnel exacerbations, no changes need to be made. But if conditions worsen, he wants to make sure that I indeed have CTS, which would mean getting tested by a neurologist. (I had been diagnosed with CTS based on plain physical observation by a nurse back in the early 90s, which confirmed my self-diagnosis.) We can also try switching my AI, but I told him I'm not ready to cry uncle on the anastrazole yet.

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Divergence

On Thursday, November 5, 2015, I was the same age to the day that my mother had been when she died.

Heart disease and diabetes had killed her.  My vitals there have been fine, thank goodness, but those were the diseases on my radar when cancer hit me out of the blue last year. 

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Tidbits

I volunteered at two events on Oct. 10. "We Can" Weekend, a cancer education fair, was sponsored by my radiation center with major support from my cancer center. The event occurred in the morning and included several presentations. My radiation oncologist emceed and also gave one of the talks.

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Hand-Oy Coordination

I've already written that anastrazole has exacerbated my carpal tunnel syndrome by inflaming the surrounding joints and soft tissues (according to my oncologist). Last Friday, that exacerbation ticked up a notch, in the form of sharp shooting pains through my middle and ring fingers that knocked my breath from me.

(I'm used to my CTS affecting my thumb, index, and middle fingers, not my ring finger, but CTS affects the ring finger, too.)

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Brief Creative Update

The entries for this year's Sassy Cups are now in and posted online. As I wrote at the end of this post, I had been asked to design a bra for Citrus Aid. This marks Citrus Aid's first time entering the event.

Here's my entry:

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