Cortisone is a miracle drug
Nap was needed after chemotherapy
Hey there, it’s me, Kathy. How was your week?
Do you believe this weather? I bet we have the same opinion here. This is enough snow. A joke is a joke but this is ridiculous.
I went to the hospital to get my chemo and everything went well. The only thing is I’m so tired I didn’t get to sleep until after 5 a.m. so that did me in for another day. I definitely needed a nap the next day.
I went last week and received a cortisone shot in my shoulder. I was terrified. I had heard so many scary stories from people who have received them that it took all my nerve to go over to the hospital.
The doctor put the needle in from behind and the freezing was in the same needle so the only part that hurt was the needle going in the skin.
I didn’t faint though! I didn’t even move a muscle. It didn’t hurt other than for the needle going into the skin.
My shoulder never ached or had a pain afterwards. It is like a miracle drug. This shoulder hasn’t felt this good in years.
I’m going to ask to get the other shoulder done and my hips, knees, toes, back — too bad you can’t take it in liquid form. Then it would go in all the nicks and crannies. It really wasn’t bad. I’m hoping they all go that well.
I went to the flea market this week. My truck started which was a big plus.
I want to talk a bit about lymphedema.
Your lymphatic system drains fluid and some waste from your tissues. It is a colourless fluid called lymph and it passes through the lymph nodes, where the waste particles are broken down into smaller particles.
The lymph fluid returns to the circulation system just before the blood enters the heart.
Lymph nodes are located throughout your body. If the pathways are damaged fluid can build up causing swelling called lymphedema. When I had my breast re
moved they also removed five lymph nodes that were full of cancer cells. Everyone has a different amount of lymph nodes. I only had a few so they all had to be removed.
I make sure that I move my arm a lot in a day. You should avoid constricting your arm unless you are flying in a plane or are on very high carnival rides. Then you should wear an arm sleeve so the pressure does not swell your arm. Also avoid wearing tight jewelry or clothing. Try to wear a bra that fits well and without under wire is the best.
Never take your blood pressure on that arm. And if possible try not to have injections in that arm. Some of my medicine had to be given in that arm because they could not find a vein to use in the other arm.
You should also avoid extreme weather temperatures, cold or heat, and avoid hot tubs and saunas.
Try to stay at a healthy weight. If you are overweight, you have a greater chance of getting lymphedema.
Maintain a healthy activity level but start back at exercise slowly. Getting back to
exercise too soon can cause an increase in lymph production and lead to inflammation in your joints and muscles. When the lymp nodes are
removed the doctor will give you an exercise sheet. Do the exercises they show you but don’t over do it.
I always raise my arm over my head to help drain the lymph nodes in my arm.
It’s been 13 years now since my surgery and I have never had lymphedema. If you do get lymphedema, don’t panic. There are doctors just for this.
Doris Lane and Mary Dempsey are both celebrating birthdays this month. Hope you both had great celebrations. Weight wise; Oops, 145
pounds, not good.
Tip of the week: If you do not exercise, do not pick up a shovel Get someone else to
do it for you or wait until the snow melts. That may take until June but at least you will be around to see it melt.
Dad and Janet have not been over in some time because of the weather. I miss them not being here.
Have a great week folks. And yes, everyone is getting static shocks from walking on the carpets or rugs in our slippers or sock feet. We all have our
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The results of an earlier Cape Breton Regional Library KnitFit Community Knit-a-thon can be seen here. This Saturday, the event will be held at the McConnell Library in Sydney from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.