Morning Pink Laides! And any honourable male members
I am delighted to have started my 15 radiotherapy treatments, 2 down 13 to go.
Unfortunately I am experiencing a lot of discomfort in my shoulder, to the point of whimpering and feeling my arm twitching like its about to jump out of the stirrup (ok so I squeezed a couple of tears out at no2). I intended but forgot to take paracetamol before no 2 after no1 was so difficult. I will take them going forward.
Previously I wondered - & asked on here maybe? - how they treat a scar that goes around a corner.... well now I know! I'm on the radio bed, my right arm is in the sling and my body is then 'hoiked' or man handled by the radiographer to face to my left. This results in my right arm being pulled into an unnatural position, putting a deep crease at th back of my shoulder. It also increases the stretch thro my armpit and as anyone who has been in this forum since I have will know I have an issue with cording! Yes, still! 24 weeks post surgery! And now it hurts! Well only when I've 'assumed the position'!
For the record I have tried to get physio for this myself...long boring story, the short version is it still hasn't happened.
Then I went to Bath hospital for the cat scan to plan the radiotherapy.
The first radiographer, after asking how I am / was, heard all about it! And, bless her, referred me to everyone! physio, counselling, lympheodema clinic later that day. And the nurse at the lymph clinic advised me not to keep the appt made with a physio as I was now under the care of Bath who would treat my cording! Huzzah!! Since then I have been doing my arm exercises twice a day.
That was 3 weeks ago! I think my cording has regressed again 😤. And I have now started radiotherapy and it isn't very nice!
Lord it feels good to vent 😌. I don't mean to be nothing but a whinge bag but I am genuinely sorry for being a whinge bag. It is good to know I only have 13 more days of treatment - psychologically it's a fantastic feeling - but i realise there are still a lot of things to get on with after this. And I will. After all we all do don't we.
Have any other ladies on here found the radio challenging, and how did you handle it please?
Many many thanks for your support, ladies.
Wishing everyone a good bank holiday weekend and that it stays dry for you all 😁🌥⛅️🌤☀️.