I'm only just starting my trip down BC Lane, and find I have a lot of questions. This network has been a great way to talk to other women going through the same issues, and a point of contact I just couldnt get any other way.
I only had my first chemo six days ago (AC) and so far I have been lucky to only experience slight nausea. Fatigue & bad headaches, and a general feeling a bit like having a bad flu have been the worst of it, along with hot and cold flushes. So if this is as bad as it gets I will consider myself lucky. I notice some of you comment that the AC treatments get a bit harder as they go on? Does everyone find this? Maybe it is a bit early for me to know how it will effect me just yet.
One thing really bugging me is my post surgery drain, which I still have after 5 1/2 weeks. It doesnt look like going anytime soon. I have to wait till it drops below 40mm in 24 hours, well I've been over 100mm the whole time, and since the chemo started I'm back up to around 140mm per day. I hoped the chemo would dry it up! Has anyone else found this? It is a minor thing in the grand scheme, but drives me a bit crazy, makes sleeping and getting comfortable hard, is very painful at times, makes getting a bra on a bit of a challenge!
Do you all wear the post surgery bra? I find I can tollerate a few hours a day if I have to, but after that it is too painful on the drain, and sometimes i get blood in it still. Have any of you found a way around this? I've tried snipping bits out of one of those AH Bras, to make it fit comfortably, but by the time you snip the annoying bits off there's not much left.
Looking forward to the day I can bring the drain home, start a little bonfire & have a ceremonial burning!