Well, long time since last posting, and this is only because I had a check up today with the surgeon. Not the original one who looks like Hamble from Playschool but a locum. All was fine, scar has healed well, that must be the bio oil that I faithfully rub on every day. So nothing more except for another check up in a year’s time and annual mamograms for the next five years, starting this August. (It should be July but I said I would be away in July so August it is). Its slightly odd but at the same time reassuring to have things planned out for 5 years time.
The locum asked if I had any side effects from the Tamoxifen such as hot flushes, I don’t think I do, I do get quite hot in bed but that may be the a combination of the 13.5 tog duvet that we’re still using and/or Oliver’s habit of putting the heating on whenever he feels a tad chilly. My shoulder feels OK most of the time, aches a bit if I’ve been driving a lot and changing gear or reaching for stuff. I still try and do my exercises every day or at least stretch it. And for those people that see me, if you see me rolling my shoulders, its just that it’s got a bit achey.I suppose the main legacy is that I’m aware of my left shoulder in a way that I never was, like trying not to carry the heavy bag on that side. Perhaps that’s a bit precious but there you go.
I realise quite a lot has happened since last September. Some nice things like a lovely long weekend with two best friends in Barcelona, where all we did is talk and eat and walk and drink and talk.
We’ve acquired a lovely little kitten who is very sweet and I try to encourage her onto my shoulder to do that kneading thing that cats do, if I’m wearing my dressing gown it just provides a lovely amount of pressure without her claws digging in.
I’ve started going to a quiz night every Thursday which is fun, I’m still reading my way through my self determined booklist, a list that gets bigger every day. My iPad is still the best thing I own, and will be invaluable on my forthcoming trip to America.
Yes that’s the next thing to look forward to, I’m taking my two eldest to see and stay with my brother and his wife. Just outside Washington DC. It was something I thought about last year but postponed as it works out better with the boys’ exams this year. Good job in retrospect.
That’s one thing I realise, even if you have a relatively easy experience of having cancer like me, it still affects you.Not just physically but in this case monetarily, I didn’t realise that if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer it whacks up your travel insurance premium. Its ridiculous, its not as if I’m having any treatment as such apart from a daily pill, and how many women will be taking the contraceptive pill? and not penalised for that. I could understand if I’d had a heart attack or something that could happen without warning and lead to immediate and expensive hospitalization.
Right then, that’s enough for now.