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    Donna1943 posted an update

    After one year, my Home Health Care RN has discharged me. Another milestone and step in my journey.

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      GregP_WN

      Glad to hear you have reached this milestone. They just get better and better as you go on. I wish you luck with each one to come!

      over 7 years ago
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      DeBuhr1943

      Solved the problem; I have 2 accounts - Donna1943 and DeBuhr1943. Now what do I do.

      over 7 years ago
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    Having a pet (cat) has been wonderful. She has realized that I
    have had a rough year. I call her my Nurse. She stays by me all day and visits in the night - some times even sleeping with me. If I
    am in the bed taking a nap, she comes in to see that I am OK.
    Even looks under my pillow (if I have it over my head) to get me to talk with her. If I don't, she "gingerly" puts her paw out (no nails) to touch my face. She keeps reaching out until I speak with her. :) She then knows that I am OK. She is truly my "Pretty Girl."
    (see her pic in my profile) She makes me laugh - good "belly laughs" - pets are a good way to make you feel better and
    "keeps you a smiling." Cats are easier to take care of. Dogs need to go outside. When one goes thru surgery, chemo, or radiation, it's easier to have a cat (food, water, and a litter box.) Cats and dogs "love" you to unconditionally. That kind of "love" is hard to find and is very fulfilling. I never realized what happiness
    my cat would give me nor did I ever think that I would get "cancer." She has made my recovery much easier - even tho cancer treatments are difficult. I am glad that God put my calico in my life. . .

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      Carol-Charlie

      Right after diagnosis and surgery, my 18 yo Charlie and 14 year old Spunky (cats). were there for me also. The sound of Spunky purring wrapped in my arms, and Charlie purring cuddled up to where my back hurt. Being and feeling loved is a big part of healing in my mind.

      over 7 years ago
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      derbygirl

      I know what you mean. When I was diagnosed I had my dog Poochie and cat Bandit there with me. It was so comforting to have them by my side. Poochie would lay right at my feet while I could only sit and heal after surgery. Both have since passed away but they will always have a special place in my heart. Now in the next chapter of my journey I have my 2 new furry cat friends Rascal and YoYo to keep me company.

      over 7 years ago
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      BuckeyeShelby

      My dark calico Grainne helped me through my chemo. That warm purring fuzzball really helped when I was feeling crappy. And she still comes up on the bed part of every night. She needs to check in.

      over 7 years ago
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    Because my bones are so achey, I had a bone scan yesterday. Won't have the results for a few days. Have an apptmt with oncologist and surgeon.

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      GregP_WN

      We are wishing you nothing but cleeeaaaannn scans. I don't care for the bone scan, one of the most irritating scans I had, just because of sitting so still for so long.
      Wish you the best.

      over 7 years ago
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      Donna1943

      Was given a shot of "nuclear isotopes." It is very easy on the kidneys and excretes slowly ane then out of the body. Came back 4 hours later. Sat on a table. Gamma Ray Camera took pictures first of my abdomen where the cancer was found, It went all around my body from the top of my head to the "tip of my toes." Took about a half hour to scan my body. Then I had to go back and have two more shots of my head on an angle to left and right. This scan reads what is going on with my bones with the hopes that no cancer has moved to my bones. Praying for good results.

      over 7 years ago
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    Bathe feet with Vicks followed a huge amount of Vaseline.
    Then wear a pair of socks. Exercise is good. Stretching the foot - pointing toe down and bringing toes up to shin - then back and forth.
    good shoes is important, too. Was taking Neurotin. I am now taking Lamictal but Lyrica is the best for nerve pain. Lyrica is very expensive. Keep nails cleaned and file the corners of nails.

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    Bathe feet with Vicks followed a huge amount of Vaseline.
    Then wear a pair of socks. Exercise is good. Stretching the foot - pointing toe down and bringing toes up to shin - then back and forth.
    good shoes is important, too. Was taking Neurotin. I am now taking Lamictal but Lyrica is the best for nerve pain. Lyrica is very expensive. Keep nails cleaned and file the corners of nails.

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    Donna1943 posted an update

    Chemo Induced Peripheral Neuropathy continues. Having Anodyne
    Treatments (infrared). Have slight reversal but understand that these
    symptoms will never totally reverse. Have Neuropathy in fingers, too.