Good news from my recent scan: the cancer is still “stable”, meaning no tumour growth at all since the last measurements. Yay! I’m very very happy with this knowledge.
I’ve been crawling back to health this month, I guess more slowly than before due to the cumulative chemical assault over 6 months. I get frustrated at times because I seem to need so much sleep. I’ve got things I’d like to do!
I had a great week away in Adelaide including attending a national LETS meet-up. I felt very fortunate to be there even though I was a bit unwell. Even now, 4 weeks after chemo, my blood count has not returned to normal and I’m still neutropenic (low in immunity). Lately I’ve had lymphoedema again, this time in both legs. I have lost weight and I shuffle along with a stoop – not a good look. I have been worried about the persistent pain and my reduced mobility. I bought a walking stick in Adelaide and I was wondering what is happening to me – what do I need to accept and how much can I realistically hope to change?
As usual, a visit to my medical specialist has been very reassuring and encouraging. The pain and the lymphoedema both are probably caused by a lymph gland that has a blob of scar tissue after radiation therapy last year and it presses on nerves and blocks the lymph flow. I’m looking forward to getting the lymphoedema under control and hope to find some improvement in all my symptoms. That’s the first step. I am now trussed up in serious heavy-duty compression stockings and bike pants (cursing climate change and longing for cooler days). Already I think wearing these has helped a little. I have more appointments ahead and my medical team can suggest further options if and when I need them.
The compression garments are quite an experience! They require gardening gloves for pulling them on, and a tug-of-war with John to get them off. I don’t know how a single person could ever cope.
So the latest news is that I am still resting and recovering. From now on I expect to feel better and better.
CONCERT: my little song debut is on 4th April 2018 at 4pm in a concert at the Mater Cancer Care Centre. All welcome. 🙂 I will also share my song here – maybe next time…