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  1. Babs Hunt

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    Hey Miss Babs. I hope you're doing well these days.
     
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    I'm having a weird muscle spasm/cramp in my chest, near the surgery scar. Now I'm wondering if the radiation is affecting that muscle or something. I guess I'll ask the radiation oncologist tomorrow but I have a feeling she'll say it's "not a common complaint." :rolleyes:

    I think we are finally ready to bring a new doggie home; it is just too quiet around here without a dog. We'll wait until I finish treatment and start looking around. I'd love to have a big dog this time like a golden retriever, boxer or a lab, but our backyard isn't big enough since the pool takes up a lot of it. A dog needs room to run, plus keeping up with "big dog poop" will be more of a problem. So we'll probably bring home another ankle-biter.
     
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    Hopfully it just a nerve and not aany complications of anything. Hope your feeeling better soon Beth, You remain in our thoughts aand prayers. Hubby reads here sometimes so he prays with me.
    We want a dog but not sure we need a dog now. We still have Molly who is 14 and since we lost Becky her sister last year she wants to be right beside us all the time, She is not small,large medium I guess. It would be nice to have her a buddy.
     
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    Thanks, Marie. Prayers gratefully accepted. This pain is definitely a muscle cramp/spasm. I can put my hand on the spot and feel it when it "knots up". I massage it but it really does hurt. The nerve pain is more of a burning, grinding pain... I have plenty of that but it is a dull ache and not a sharp pain.

    We are real dog people but we tend to love our dogs so hard that when we lose one it's a devastating event. We are just now ready to talk about another little guy since we lost Harry in 2017. He was my heart and I will never have another dog like him. Usually when we have dogs they are "daddy's
    dogs" and tolerate me... but Harry was totally mine. He was always at my heels and wanted to be wherever I was; I still miss him so much.
     
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    I don't type much now I hav to leanover tosee and it really hurts but I know how hard it is we lost Alice in 2019 she was 19 yr old and really old for a large dog. Part greyhound.
    Then we lost Becky last year and it is really hard hubby and I were talking about her this morning.
    Dogs bring us lots of joy but heartache too when we lose them.Still have Molly she wa a yard dog but she misses Alice and her sister. So now she is a large house dog.
     
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    Oh, I was going to put this in my diary but I forgot...

    In the radiation room, they play music during the treatments. Today I got to listen to Johnny Cash singing "Ring of Fire." :confused:
     
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    Ironic,huh? Maybe we should play that song in music forum.
     
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    Halfway there after today Beth, you're doing great.
     
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    Speaking of radiation treatment... My appointment today was for 11 a.m., but I woke up about 8 with an upset stomach. I was so bummed; I didn't want to miss a treatment but I couldn't get too far from the bathroom and an hour in the car was out of the question. :oops: So I called and got rescheduled for 4:30 this afternoon, hoping I'd feel good enough by then.

    Well, I made it so woo hoo!! I am determined to get this done and over with. We did have a loooooong trip home in rush hour traffic, but I'm glad I got the treatment done.
     
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    We had a fast-moving storm blow through earlier this morning and I was afraid we'd be flooded out of the drive to the medical center, but it went surprisingly smoothly. Not much traffic at all. Got in, got treatment, got out, got home.

    The front pushed through and dropped our temps significantly; we are going to have much cooler days for the next week or so. Time to bust out the fuzzy socks!!

    I decided to make chili and corn muffins for dinner. Just sounds good today.
     
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    Glad you had an easy in and out today Beth. I enjoyed chili and crackers myself today. Take care.
     
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    Nice to see you around, Babs.
     
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    I'm glad to hear that your radiation treatments have been going smoothly Beth and I pray they continue that way.
     
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    Ah, Friday at last! Two days break from radiation treatments. Today one of the machines was down so they were scrambling to get patients moved around between the other machines; my wait was over an hour. All the rad techs were wearing Halloween costumes and they looked so cute.

    After treatment I had some time to kill before PT, so I went to the cafeteria and got a small scoop of tuna salad and some saltines. I like to sit in the cafeteria because I don't have to wear a mask in there, plus I could read a bit and relax.

    Then on to PT where I was "assessed" and the therapist was surprised by my great range-of-motion. She asked if I was stretching; I have been working hard on that stuff. My right side ROM is almost equal to the left side. Also, they used some machine to measure the mass of my arms, so that they can determine if I'm getting lymphedema. Another surprise as my left (non-dominant) arm has more mass than my right! They usually expect the dominant limb to have slightly more muscle mass, but apparently mine does not.

    I also had those baseline measurements taken before surgery so they can track how successful the lymphovenous bypass procedure was. I wish I could see those measurements compared but they didn't put that data in MyChart.

    All this to say that my stretching is paying off and I have no signs of lymphedema... woohoo! I got some new stretches to add to my arsenal, and a bit of myofacial release massage that "hurts so good." :D
     
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