Thursday, May 10, 2012

Health Update May 2012

I've had 2 hospital visits in 2 days and have another one to look forward to next week so safe to say that I will have had my fill of buses for a while!  Anyway, yesterday I visited a gynaecologist named Gráinne Flannelly who I had been referred to by Ms Rothwell, who is my breast doctor/surgeon. Because I had been turned down by the genetics crowd in crumlin due to having no family history of cancer, Ms Rothwell had told me last year that she would refer me to a gynaecologist and get my womb and ovaries checked out. I filled the doctor in on my history and she was happy enough with everything, I have to go back and get an ultrasound done and then come back for results (if I'm told to come up 2 days after the ultrasound I will be worried but no point panicking over milk that hasn't yet spilt, am I right?)  a few weeks later.  My appointment was at 9.15am so i had to get the bus at 7am, which meant getting up at 6 but I was back home by 12 which wasn't too bad I suppose!

Then today I was back up again to see my oncologist. Well, I tell a lie there because MY oncologist has recently had a baby (Congrats Dr Walshe!) so I seen another oncologist but anyway, on with the story!  She was very happy with me, I explained how tired I feel all the time and she said that because of the "menopausal" effects of the tamoxifen as well as fatigue being a side effect, I was bound to be tired!  Factor in running around after 2 kids and its to be expected really! She also asked me if i had put on weight and of course I have, a stone or so in the last year which will not shift at ALL!!  She checked my boobs, said she was happy and to come back in 6 months!

Next Friday I'm back up again to see my plastic surgeon about the next stage of my reconstruction, which involves having my nipple reconstructed.  I'm actually starting to have doubts about having it done now, do I need to have 2 nipples?  I definitely want to get an implant in my good boob to match them up but going around with a permanently erect nipple kinda scares me!!  I suppose all I can do is talk to him next week and see what he says!

So that's it for now, I'll keep you updated on what happens next week!
Thanks for reading!


  1. hiya, good luck on your operations, your blog is lovely.

  2. It sounds like you have a really good group of doctors looking after you. That worth so much! Let us know how your test results come out, I'm sure you'll be great:-) I have the same issues as you, tired way too much and I've put on ALOT of weight that I can't budge no matter what I try. Let me know if your Dr.'s give you any tips on weight loss with the tamoxifen, I'd love to find a way to loose the weight.

  3. Love it darling!! maybe we can follow each others blog?! XoXo