TracinLA How are you doing now?

Angie2U
Angie2U Member Posts: 2,991
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hi Traci. I felt so sorry for you with the way the rad techs were treating you. Is it any better now? Did you talk to your rads oncologist about their rude treatment? I hope so, as, you deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion. Post and let us all know when you can.

Angie

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  • survivorbc09
    survivorbc09 Member Posts: 4,374 Member
    I hope that they are
    I hope that they are treating you better now Traci. Your post about them made me so mad at them.

    HUGS
  • jnl
    jnl Member Posts: 3,869 Member

    I hope that they are
    I hope that they are treating you better now Traci. Your post about them made me so mad at them.

    HUGS

    How are you now Traci?
    How are you now Traci? Haven't seen you on lately.

    Leeza
  • Ritzy
    Ritzy Member Posts: 4,381 Member
    jnl said:

    How are you now Traci?
    How are you now Traci? Haven't seen you on lately.

    Leeza

    Traci, how you doing now?
    Traci, how you doing now? They had better be nicer to you or I will beat them up personally.

    Sue :)
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    Traci! How did I miss
    Traci! How did I miss whatever happened with the rad techs? What rude behaviour? I am going to be really, really embarrassed if I truly already know, and I actually responded to an original post, but I also really, really don't remember!

    I had such a good experience with the care, concern and overall goodness of my rad techs that I can't imagine anyone entrusted with therapy designed to help save our very lives being RUDE! How dare they?? Ok, inquiring minds want to know, what happened???

    Hugs,
    Chen♥
  • natly15
    natly15 Member Posts: 1,941
    chenheart said:

    Traci! How did I miss
    Traci! How did I miss whatever happened with the rad techs? What rude behaviour? I am going to be really, really embarrassed if I truly already know, and I actually responded to an original post, but I also really, really don't remember!

    I had such a good experience with the care, concern and overall goodness of my rad techs that I can't imagine anyone entrusted with therapy designed to help save our very lives being RUDE! How dare they?? Ok, inquiring minds want to know, what happened???

    Hugs,
    Chen♥

    Hey cousin Traci how are
    Hey cousin Traci how are you? I miss not seeing your humor--please let us know how you are.
  • Sunrae
    Sunrae Member Posts: 808
    natly15 said:

    Hey cousin Traci how are
    Hey cousin Traci how are you? I miss not seeing your humor--please let us know how you are.

    Traci, I miss you too. Hope
    Traci, I miss you too. Hope you're doing better. Come on back and fill us in. Thanks.
  • TraciInLA
    TraciInLA Member Posts: 1,994 Member
    Sunrae said:

    Traci, I miss you too. Hope
    Traci, I miss you too. Hope you're doing better. Come on back and fill us in. Thanks.

    Wow
    Wow, ladies -- you're all so sweet to be concerned!

    To catch up Claudia: Because I'm having radiation to both breasts, my chest is a topographical map of marks and stickers. Of course, the stickers don't stay stuck forever, and I've been getting lots of eye rolling and heavy sighs and tsk-tsk from the techs (one in particular), threatened with more tattoos, and just in general made to feel like a naughty child.

    The day after I was discussing this with all of you, I went for my rads appointment -- I wasn't scheduled to see the doctor that day, but the nurse chased me out into the parking lot as I was leaving and said there'd been a scheduling problem, would I mind seeing him now?

    I decided this was a sign. So I told him how my stickers and I seemed to be a problem for the techs. I think it's safe to say that Dr. Song is probably a lousy poker player, because he very unsuccessfully tried to hide an eye roll and stifle a sigh -- it was clear this wasn't the first time he'd heard this from a patient.

    He leaned over and put his hand over mine, and just kept patting it emphatically and telling me this was NOT a problem for the techs, this was the last thing he wanted me to be concerned about, and "I don't want you to waste a minute of stress over this."

    I felt SO much better after talking with him, and I don't think it's my imagination that the one tech in particular has eased up on me since then. They've been drawing on me more this week, and broke out a different marker that doesn't wash off as quickly. So I think the doctor or nurse "encouraged" them to find a Plan B that didn't involve harrassing the patient!

    Otherwise, I'm burning more than I expected to at only the halfway point: I'm pinkish-red over the entire treatment field, from my chest down to under my breasts, and from one underarm to the other. It's uncomfortable enough that I can't wear a bra at all (thank goodness it's winter, and I can wear layers!), and I've started taking Advil a couple of times a day, but it's only uncomfortable to mildly painful.

    Thank you again for checking on me! I so appreciate your offers of violence, and I won't hesitate to post the techs' direct phone numbers if it becomes necessary! :-)

    Traci
  • Sunrae
    Sunrae Member Posts: 808
    TraciInLA said:

    Wow
    Wow, ladies -- you're all so sweet to be concerned!

    To catch up Claudia: Because I'm having radiation to both breasts, my chest is a topographical map of marks and stickers. Of course, the stickers don't stay stuck forever, and I've been getting lots of eye rolling and heavy sighs and tsk-tsk from the techs (one in particular), threatened with more tattoos, and just in general made to feel like a naughty child.

    The day after I was discussing this with all of you, I went for my rads appointment -- I wasn't scheduled to see the doctor that day, but the nurse chased me out into the parking lot as I was leaving and said there'd been a scheduling problem, would I mind seeing him now?

    I decided this was a sign. So I told him how my stickers and I seemed to be a problem for the techs. I think it's safe to say that Dr. Song is probably a lousy poker player, because he very unsuccessfully tried to hide an eye roll and stifle a sigh -- it was clear this wasn't the first time he'd heard this from a patient.

    He leaned over and put his hand over mine, and just kept patting it emphatically and telling me this was NOT a problem for the techs, this was the last thing he wanted me to be concerned about, and "I don't want you to waste a minute of stress over this."

    I felt SO much better after talking with him, and I don't think it's my imagination that the one tech in particular has eased up on me since then. They've been drawing on me more this week, and broke out a different marker that doesn't wash off as quickly. So I think the doctor or nurse "encouraged" them to find a Plan B that didn't involve harrassing the patient!

    Otherwise, I'm burning more than I expected to at only the halfway point: I'm pinkish-red over the entire treatment field, from my chest down to under my breasts, and from one underarm to the other. It's uncomfortable enough that I can't wear a bra at all (thank goodness it's winter, and I can wear layers!), and I've started taking Advil a couple of times a day, but it's only uncomfortable to mildly painful.

    Thank you again for checking on me! I so appreciate your offers of violence, and I won't hesitate to post the techs' direct phone numbers if it becomes necessary! :-)

    Traci

    Traci, thanks for putting
    Traci, thanks for putting our minds at ease somewhat. Hurray for that doc. He must have done some leaning on a couple of "techs". You shouldn't be treated as you're the one causing the problem. Sorry to hear that you're getting quite a burn. Hope you can find some kind of cream or ointment that will help. No experience on that but surely there are others here who might be able to help. Just remember we're here for you and if needed, we'll be there for those "techs". They have been warned.
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    TraciInLA said:

    Wow
    Wow, ladies -- you're all so sweet to be concerned!

    To catch up Claudia: Because I'm having radiation to both breasts, my chest is a topographical map of marks and stickers. Of course, the stickers don't stay stuck forever, and I've been getting lots of eye rolling and heavy sighs and tsk-tsk from the techs (one in particular), threatened with more tattoos, and just in general made to feel like a naughty child.

    The day after I was discussing this with all of you, I went for my rads appointment -- I wasn't scheduled to see the doctor that day, but the nurse chased me out into the parking lot as I was leaving and said there'd been a scheduling problem, would I mind seeing him now?

    I decided this was a sign. So I told him how my stickers and I seemed to be a problem for the techs. I think it's safe to say that Dr. Song is probably a lousy poker player, because he very unsuccessfully tried to hide an eye roll and stifle a sigh -- it was clear this wasn't the first time he'd heard this from a patient.

    He leaned over and put his hand over mine, and just kept patting it emphatically and telling me this was NOT a problem for the techs, this was the last thing he wanted me to be concerned about, and "I don't want you to waste a minute of stress over this."

    I felt SO much better after talking with him, and I don't think it's my imagination that the one tech in particular has eased up on me since then. They've been drawing on me more this week, and broke out a different marker that doesn't wash off as quickly. So I think the doctor or nurse "encouraged" them to find a Plan B that didn't involve harrassing the patient!

    Otherwise, I'm burning more than I expected to at only the halfway point: I'm pinkish-red over the entire treatment field, from my chest down to under my breasts, and from one underarm to the other. It's uncomfortable enough that I can't wear a bra at all (thank goodness it's winter, and I can wear layers!), and I've started taking Advil a couple of times a day, but it's only uncomfortable to mildly painful.

    Thank you again for checking on me! I so appreciate your offers of violence, and I won't hesitate to post the techs' direct phone numbers if it becomes necessary! :-)

    Traci

    Traci! OMG~ I know 100% that
    Traci! OMG~ I know 100% that this was not a post I somehow forgot!

    So, the long and short of it...your Rad oncologist is indeed Rad and is not just in harmony with you, but is actually singing your "Song!"

    The techs are technically soooo wrong, and as one of their patients, I can see why you were more than justified in losing your patience!

    Your skin is Pink?? Uh, not state the obvious, but PINK is the BC color~ you expected to be some other color???? As in burgundy, or "flesh-toned" (whatever that is)


    All foolishness aside, I am glad that your Dr really knew that this is an ongoing problem with his staff, and it seems he addressed it. Take care of YOU~ take care of your skin, and know that all of the Kindred Spirits here on the boards have your back. Or is that your Front? It is always evident when you are not here, and we miss you.

    Hugs,
    Chen♥
  • TraciInLA
    TraciInLA Member Posts: 1,994 Member
    chenheart said:

    Traci! OMG~ I know 100% that
    Traci! OMG~ I know 100% that this was not a post I somehow forgot!

    So, the long and short of it...your Rad oncologist is indeed Rad and is not just in harmony with you, but is actually singing your "Song!"

    The techs are technically soooo wrong, and as one of their patients, I can see why you were more than justified in losing your patience!

    Your skin is Pink?? Uh, not state the obvious, but PINK is the BC color~ you expected to be some other color???? As in burgundy, or "flesh-toned" (whatever that is)


    All foolishness aside, I am glad that your Dr really knew that this is an ongoing problem with his staff, and it seems he addressed it. Take care of YOU~ take care of your skin, and know that all of the Kindred Spirits here on the boards have your back. Or is that your Front? It is always evident when you are not here, and we miss you.

    Hugs,
    Chen♥

    Don't tell my girlfriend...
    LOL, Claudia! But I don't think my girlfriend would like hearing that y'all "have my front" -- when she isn't allowed anywhere NEAR it right at the moment! :-)

    :-) Traci
  • Ritzy
    Ritzy Member Posts: 4,381 Member
    TraciInLA said:

    Don't tell my girlfriend...
    LOL, Claudia! But I don't think my girlfriend would like hearing that y'all "have my front" -- when she isn't allowed anywhere NEAR it right at the moment! :-)

    :-) Traci

    LOL
    I won't tell her Traci! Or, wait a minute. How much $$$$ is it worth to you for me to not tell? LOL But, I am soooooooo happy that your rads oncologist understood and helped you out. You canNOT be treated like they were doing you. Don't ever put up with that...NEVER! I am just confused as to why you still have the stickers since you have tattoos. Anyway, just glad it is better for you! That is all that counts!

    Sue :)
  • TraciInLA
    TraciInLA Member Posts: 1,994 Member
    Is it just me...
    ...or has anyone else noticed that in Angie's post, the words "respect, dignity and compassion" appear right next to the little cartoon of her showing me her behind? I'm just saying...

    :-) Traci :-)
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
    TraciInLA said:

    Is it just me...
    ...or has anyone else noticed that in Angie's post, the words "respect, dignity and compassion" appear right next to the little cartoon of her showing me her behind? I'm just saying...

    :-) Traci :-)

    Traci
    Doctor, good. Techs,

    Traci

    Doctor, good. Techs, bad. Glad that it seems to have been straightened out and yes, your rad onc is right, you do not need to have to deal with this at all. You make me laugh, like the Angie comment or Chen's having your front and the girl friend comment. You are doing so well with all of this and contribute so much to the board. Keep an eye on the pink and keep using your lotions. Ask them if there is something more you can do or use just in case it gets worse. Have you tried using a tank with a built in bra. Some of them are not real tight but give a little support. Mostly for me, my nipple area was super sensitive and I used some of my daughter's nursing pads and slathered on the aquaphor. The pad kept it from greasing up my shirts and didn't move around like bras, shirts do. It worked for me. Did you have a lumpectomy because it obviously won't work for a mastectomy, would it? Boy, do I have a lousy memory?
    Prayers that the rest of the treatment goes smoothly and not too much burning.
    Stef
  • Kristin N
    Kristin N Member Posts: 1,968 Member
    fauxma said:

    Traci
    Doctor, good. Techs,

    Traci

    Doctor, good. Techs, bad. Glad that it seems to have been straightened out and yes, your rad onc is right, you do not need to have to deal with this at all. You make me laugh, like the Angie comment or Chen's having your front and the girl friend comment. You are doing so well with all of this and contribute so much to the board. Keep an eye on the pink and keep using your lotions. Ask them if there is something more you can do or use just in case it gets worse. Have you tried using a tank with a built in bra. Some of them are not real tight but give a little support. Mostly for me, my nipple area was super sensitive and I used some of my daughter's nursing pads and slathered on the aquaphor. The pad kept it from greasing up my shirts and didn't move around like bras, shirts do. It worked for me. Did you have a lumpectomy because it obviously won't work for a mastectomy, would it? Boy, do I have a lousy memory?
    Prayers that the rest of the treatment goes smoothly and not too much burning.
    Stef

    I echo what Stef says
    Your rads oncologist sounds like a good dude. The techs should be taken out behind the barn and whipped. Use your creams liberally. I used Biafine and Aquaphor. Keep us updated on you!

    Kristin ♥
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    TraciInLA said:

    Don't tell my girlfriend...
    LOL, Claudia! But I don't think my girlfriend would like hearing that y'all "have my front" -- when she isn't allowed anywhere NEAR it right at the moment! :-)

    :-) Traci

    Well, we here on the boards
    Well, we here on the boards are platonic, not the "dangerous types" one might otherwise neet on the Internet! But I won't mention another word, I promise! LOL

    Hugs,
    Chen♥
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    TraciInLA said:

    Is it just me...
    ...or has anyone else noticed that in Angie's post, the words "respect, dignity and compassion" appear right next to the little cartoon of her showing me her behind? I'm just saying...

    :-) Traci :-)

    Evidently, you're feeling
    Evidently, you're feeling better already!
  • survivorbc09
    survivorbc09 Member Posts: 4,374 Member
    chenheart said:

    Evidently, you're feeling
    Evidently, you're feeling better already!

    LOL, it does sound like it,
    LOL, it does sound like it, doesn't it Chen?