Physical Therapy Update

Hello everyone…it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, which I guess is good.

I’ve had 4 weeks of Physical Therapy and my back pain has decreased a lot!  It no longer hurts when I drive over a speed bump!  I can unload the dishwasher without having to squat down or kneel down and I’m not in as much pain when laying down in bed.

When I was in CA last weekend, I spent a lot of time standing around talking to people and noticed that was quite uncomfortable, so I mentioned that to the physical therapist.  Hopefully some core exercises will help with that. 🙂

Speaking of CA, I surprised my Dad at his retirement party!  I just loved surprising him!  It was great to spend time with him, my in-laws and nieces and nephew, and my aunt and uncle.  I was also able to see many of you at church and even managed to sneak a few quick friend visits in!  It was a very full 4 days, but since it was just me and I didn’t have to worry about the kids, it felt relaxing.  This week back was a really hard one, so I’m ready for another vacation!!

Happy (almost) retirement Dad! (His last day is May 31st.)

In other medical news…I had an infusion on Wed.  My port worked the first time and no side effects. 🙂

On Friday, I have a PT appointment and then follow up appointments with both the oncologist and the plastic surgeon.  (The scars from the breast lift on the healthy breast are HORRIBLE and very large in comparison to the scars from my mastectomy. Hmmmmmm.  A few months ago they were pretty painful.  I’ve had silicone gel strips on the scars for the past few months which are supposed to help.  They’ve done nothing…so we’ll see what he says.  The scars no longer hurt, so maybe that is a result of the gel strips.  But they look the same.  All in all, it really doesn’t matter as only Tom and I see them.)

That’s it for now.

 

MRI Results 

Well…I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the MRI did not show any sign of cancer in my spine.

Woohoo!  Thank You God!

It did show that I have bad arthritis and a slipped disc. I will be honest, I really have no idea what that means or what treatment will look like for that, but at least I know what the problem is so we can look into treating it. I have already made an appointment for physical therapy at 12:45 on Monday.  I look forward to talking to them and learning more. At this time I’m not looking for any advice…thanks  for understanding that. 🙂

Thank you for praying with us as we awaited these results, and please continue to pray for wisdom for my primary care physician and Tom and I as we figure out how to resolve this pain. 

Thanks friends.

More Waiting

My MRI went very smoothly this morning.  I was home before the girls left for school which surprised us all!  I should have the results back in 2 days, which because of the weekend, means Tuesday. 🙂  I’ll keep you posted…

MRI Rescheduled for Friday Morning!!!! 🙂

I called this morning and found out my insurance has approved the MRI and was able to get an appointment for Friday morning at 6:10 am!  I am so thankful I can have it done earlier!  I will let you know how it goes!

MRI Scheduled

Looks like the wrong order was sent for the MRI on Friday so a new one was just sent over to the insurance.  I was at least able to schedule the appointment, but since we have to make sure to leave enough time for the insurance to approve it, it’s next Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  That’s a long time to wait, especially with pain, but at least it’s scheduled. 🙂

MRI ordered

I met with the oncologist today. The pain in my sciatica is definitely getting worse, and it’s starting to hurt now when I walk. The oncologist said that back pain from cancer usually has more of a throbbing all over pain, instead of a shooting pain like mine is. However, because of my breast cancer, he ordered an MRI so we can make sure that it is just sciatica pain. Based on those results will go forward with treatment. If it’s just sciatica pain and I will start working with my general practitioner to solve the problem. If it’s something else then we’ll go from there.

The MRI has already been ordered. Please pray that the insurance approves it fast and then I can get it scheduled soon.

A Birthday and a Request

Today would have been my Mom’s 69th birthday.  I miss her so much!  I’m doing fine today, just thought I’d mention it. 🙂  Happy Birthday in Heaven Mom!  (Here’s a post I wrote a few years ago if you are interested.)

The real reason I’m writing today is to ask you to pray for me as I await my appointment on Friday.  I have a check-up with the oncologist at 11 am.

3 weeks ago I started having sciatica pain.  I tried to manage it with stretching and exercises but ended up at the Dr. as it wasn’t getting any better.  She prescribed steroids and muscle relaxers which helped.  However, as the steroids are tapering off and now ending, the pain is coming back, even though I continue to do all the strengthening and stretching exercises. 🙁

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Mastectomy – 1 Year Later

A year ago right now (4:14pm), I was done with all the surgery prep. and was waiting to go into surgery.

I’m so glad I’ve kept a blog through this journey.  As I read back through my post from 2 days after surgery, there are so many things I have forgotten after just one year.

This morning as I looked in the mirror, I was reminded of how different my body looks today than it did a year ago.  Most days I don’t think about it, unless a scar is bothering me.  But this morning was different.  I’ve been feeling down all day.  I don’t really feel like I’m dwelling on memories from last year, but I must be a little.  (And I’m exhausted from keeping up with 6 kids at the Great Wolf Lodge the past 2 days!  So much fun but I’m pooped!)

A week from today I have a check-up with my oncologist.  I don’t think it will be a very eventful appointment…the bone pain I was having is gone.  However, I’ve been having some sciatica pain for the past few weeks.  I didn’t do anything to injur it and am a little concerned about it.  I have been on a steroid and muscle relaxers.  With those meds and exercises and stretches, it’s getting better slowly, but in the back of my mind is still the concern that the cancer has spread to my back.  When I saw the Dr. last week, she was glad to know I had an appointment soon with the oncologist so we could talk about my back if the pain has not improved.

At the risk of being too much of a downer, I’ll end here and go make dinner. 🙂

MY PORT WORKED!

The title says it all.  My port worked perfectly on the first time.  I guess baby aspirin is the answer!!

I was still there for 2 hours as it took a while for the medicine to come after we got the test results back.

No time to write more as the girls are getting ready for Trauma night at AWANA!

Flare up?

A friend asked the other day if I was still blogging or if she had missed the emails…nope. Just not blogging as much. I’m still here. 🙂

Unfortunately I’m struggling with pain right now.

My Dr. is calling the pain that I’m having a flare-up of side effects from the hormone blocking pill I’m taking (for the rest of my life…ugh…). He said sometimes that just happens and it’s hard to know what triggers it. Wish I knew because I would MAKE SURE to stop whatever is triggering this pain. read more…

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