Anyway, since I'm still healing and have an open wound, we are pushing back chemo as far as possible. I was supposed to start this Thursday, but since things aren't looking so great on that side - it's been pushed to the 25th of August - the latest they feel comfortable starting it. They want to start chemo within 4-7 weeks after surgery, that's the optimum time. August 25th will be right at 7 weeks.
Once chemo starts, all healing will STOP! So, whatever I look like on the 25th is how my wound will be for the next several months!! I'll have to go to the surgeon every week still and it'll have to be repacked every day! It's a daunting thought. However, hopefully I'll, at least, be healed enough that I won't have to worry about any infections in the wound. It's a balancing act - when is the best time to start chemo knowing that the healing will stop? It's a good thing my surgeon loves me because I'm going to be seeing a lot of him. They should put me on the payroll!
|See any Similarities?|
After the appointment with the surgeon, I went to my first physical therapy appointment. The expert to see is a lady in Everett named Maggie - so that's where I went. I don't particularly enjoy physical therapy. It's work and it usually hurts and I don't like work or hurting.
I was excited to be led into a private room and see massage cream! Woot! Massage! I even undressed right in front of poor Maggie - "Let's get this show on road baby!" I didn't say that out loud but I was thinking it. I love massages.
Well, this massage sucked! It HURT! It was in all the wrong places - all the places I hurt and where I don't WANT anyone to touch me! I'm still so sore across my upper chest and under my arms from the surgery and taking the lymph nodes. So, of course, those are the places where she "massaged." It wasn't fun and relaxing! I didn't like Maggie much after that...
What she managed to do, though, was to loosen things up. All in preparation to teach me some exercises to do. Damn. See - it hurt and then I had to work. Yuk.
|My Own Torture Device for Home|
After the torture...er, I mean, session, was over; I was given a device to use at home to exercise with. I have to do the arm exercises twice a day. I haven't taken it out of the package yet. It looks like a medieval torture device.
I go back on Friday for more.
For now though, I wait for chemo to start. It's a time to heal and maybe even breathe a little. Because my near future is gonna be a lot of work! Bah!