Sunday, August 27, 2006
First of all I was told the area removed was good with plenty of clear margins. The orignal lump was removed and has been sent to England, just to be totally certain what it is and that it is still harmless. Now the news....in the area removed, there has been found a small cancer. What I had before the operation was termed 'pre-cancer' but some cancer has also been found in the area.
So now I have to go back for more surgery...they want to remove an even bigger margin and also take some of the lymph nodes out from under my arm. Which means from now on for the rest of my lfe I have to be careful not to scratch the arm, or get it sunburnt or bitten by insects. The lymph nodes remove bacteria and other harmful agents, so I can not overload the ones under that arm or else my arm will swell up...not very common these days...so it means having antibiotics on hand at all times.
Because of all this, now before the radiation, I have to have 6 months of Chemotherapy. At least this can be done in Greymouth which is 50 minutes away. It is once every 3 weeks, to allow the body to get over each dose. I will lose my hair. For me that is so revolting, but I know it will grow back, and I have to keep in mind, that the hair loss is only temporary, and the treatment causing it, will make me better. The chemo is a still a way off yet. The surgery will be in the next couple of weeks and the results of that will say what happens after that and when.
I have even dragged out the wool stash to have a go at knitting some hats for when I do lose my hair. At least the majority of it will happen over summer, but I will still be hairless, when the weather starts to cool again next Autumn.
I am still knittting my cardi...allbeit slowly now.
Thankyou for all the best wishes so far...they means a lot :)
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Its a week since I had my operation...the time has gone quickly. The hospital stay was straight forward and there were no dramas in that department. The family were able to stay at Davidson house, in another house at the back of the property, that has been devided into 2 flats. They stayed in the upstairs flat. I stayed there for 2 nights as well, the night before going into hospital and the night I came out. Really lovely and I am so thankful for the Cancer society for allowing us to do that.
As always I got no sleep in hospital....being in surgical ward, there were alsorts of dramas happening with the other parients. And the night of the operation, we had a less than thoughtful nurse who should have been in a rodeo. The poor lady she was dealing with was made to feel like she was an inconvenience to the nurses night. And because of that, the nurse kept everyone awake with her yelling and dropping of things. Oh well there is one in every bunch. Didnt get any stitching done...it was easier just to blob around and read mindless womens magazines.
Everyone I dealt with were wonderful. I go back over to Christchurch on Monday 21st for the results of the operation and to see what is next. I hope it is good pre-birthday news for me :)
I think I have finally caught up on all my sleep, yesterday I felt like I had enough insideitis, so I went with DH on a 2 hours bush walk, just to get some fresh air in my lungs. And it was good. Of course I slept well last night.
On Sunday we woke to snow...Im not sure if they have had snow in Reefton before. DH woke me at 8am to show me, but it was all gone by 10:30. The children built a couple of snowmen, which only just melted yesterday. It was lovely to have snow again...we have missed it.
Here are a couple of snowy pictures :)
Late yesterday afternoon the Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, died at her home at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia after a long illness. The Tangi will take a week and then she will be buried on Taupiri Mountain, the sacred burial site of Maori chiefs and the Queens ancestors. I can just imagine the sombre state Ngaruawahia will be in now. Before moving to the South Island, I lived in Ngaruawahia, just down the road from Turangawaewae. It was a nice place to live - semi rural, and I have fond memories of the place. I saw Nelson Mandela at Tuangawaewae, which was a bit of a thrill. My DS went to Taupiri school at the foot of the mountain. I knew some of the Queens family so my thoughts are with them at this time.