Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bugger-all wrong!

Today had an ultrasound of my right hip and I am delighted to report everything was perfect!
Got the mad professor pathologist again - he has done scans for me before and I adore him cos he is wacky, which makes me realise I am attracted to crazy - as in unconventional - men (but that is an aside) - and so all in all it was a pleasurable experience. Nothing like having tests and all is fine!!!
Yes, it does show my extreme anxiety re my health; if it were not for my cancer history, doubt I would have bothered. Or would I have? Probably would have cos the pain has persisted.
Mad-cap professor wrote: "the features suggest that the discomfort may be muscular in origin and may also be related to inflammation of iliotibial band. However, no obvious abnormality could be demonstrated in particular, no masses are noted. No effusions. No blah blah blah...."
Oh, and he told me to stretch BEFORE I get onto the treadmill.
Here's to good health!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Had my hips x-rayed today

The pain in my hip area has become more intense. Realistically, probably because I have done the treadmill rather than the bike at gym for the last two sessions.
Have been to two physios re this, each once.
The first said I had a torn glute, some hassle with some-or-other joint and something else I don't remember.
The second - a woman in my yoga class who said from what I was doing in yoga she didn't think my glute was torn - well, she said there was a little lump (she never used that word) which felt like a former injection site, a something, maybe a bit of fatty tissue.
Knowing my cancer history, she said she didn't think it was mets cos breast cancer tends to spread to the lungs or brain, she said (no idea if that is true as I know liver is a biggie) but if I was worried and it persisted, to go see my doctor, my general practioner, whom she happens to know.
Well, a month later, the pain is still there.
Today, walking around the office, it felt sore so I phoned the doctor, got a cancellation booking and left straight away.
He spent ages discussing it. I am impatient and said: "Aren't you going to examine me?" but I realise his value in trying to determine if it was a kidney problem, a circulation problem etc etc.
Anyway, he said my circulation was excellent although I cannot remember why he said so, and then sent me for an ex-ray and ultra-sound at the hospital where his rooms are.
I was pretty horrified when they said that the doctor needed to do that type of scan works only on Mondays. And this is a top-notch hospital. Unimpressed. Next Monday I am away so made an appointment to have the ultra-sound on Monday February 4.
Then when I came back to the office, made an appointment at a major private hospital in Sandton where I am going at 2.30 tomorrow.
But had the hips ex-ray (both sides) and am delighted to report that every single thing the doctor read out to me later was perfect, re alignment and all.
So thrilled my hips are healthy. Now the ultra-sound better go well tomorrow.            

Monday, January 21, 2013

Missed the anniversary of my diagnosis

Was chatting to the biokineticist this morning during our session, when I suddenly realised I had forgotten about January 15. 'Cos it written on the top of this blog, I remember the date but didn't give it a second thought on the day itself.
Think that is a good thing. That I am not obssessed re the cancer.
Am so grateful that I am so well.
However, the anxiety is building up for the next battery of tests. Very aware of them. In fact, spent quite a bit of time this morning confirming my mammogram and ultrasound appointment for the 18th of February, checking that the blood tests I need don't require fasting and booking an appointment for a chest x-ray and an abdominal scan on Wednesday February 20.
So kinda bracing myself for the barrage of tests which culminate in my appointment with The Tango Man on the Friday. Oh, didn't check that one but will do so tomorrow.
Nothing like being prepared.
In previous years have taken cake to the oncology centre on February 5, the day I started chemo four years ago, which also happens to be World Cancer Day.
This time gonna wait till I see The Tango Man, till I know I am ok. Al so, all the nurses who were there - barring one - have now all left so they don't know me but still I am so grateful...will see.
Don't think I will ever forget that date, February 5, but then I forgot January 15 and one must move on in health and vigour and not cling to the memory of days gone by.
I just pray that all will be well this time.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Had computer hassles....

Had computer hassles which, combined with some hectic pre-holiday planning at work and then going on holiday (to Maseru in Lesotho), I haven't written for a while - and I really missed it.
Luckily The Yoga Man helped me with my laptop and lo and behold, within minutes tonight, all was restored and I could access my blog again.
Now have a visitor for supper, so will chat later, or in a day or two.
Feels good to be back "under my hat", as it were.