I am feeling very well in myself and was hoping for some fun during remission but the d****d sciatica is severely restricting my activity. I have been trying to 'be normal' but 3 theatre trips on consecutive nights might have been overdoing it just a bit. I push myself to do as much as possible but a bad scald, from a mug of black coffee before I went away, rendered my right hand virtually useless. I had to keep it clean and dry which was a real problem as I am now irrigating the stoma and, while that obviates embarassing accidents with the bag, it takes time in the morning and makes it difficult to keep my hand clean. It was pretty ghastly but the minor A & E in Dartmouth made a wonderful job of dressing it with a showerproof hydrocolloid dressinng and the addition of disposable latex gloves enabled me to shower & cook. I can recommend pny tail elastics to keep the cuff sealed. I now have the dressing off and I am busily rubbing bio-oil into it and it is fading rapidly.
Meanwhile I am still on painkillers, have bought a TENS machine, a gym ball and a folding stick. The pain is down from 'screaming agony' to 'extreme discomfort' and I can drive as far as the hospital, which is a relief!
I feel really cheated! With this pain restricting my activities!
I discussed metformin with my GP this week as I am diabetic but I am controlling it so well with diet that he is reluctant to prescribe metformin because of the risk of hypos! He is, however going to follow up on the research and I am going to mention it to my gynae oncologist when I see him in November. The research I read was from Ontario and looked really promising! An oral medication; with few side effects; which would ease the pressure of the diabetes, which could become more difficult to control when I am on chemo again because of the steroids. Does anyone have any experience with Metformin?
My troubleis that I hate not being in control!