Daily Check In June 10, 2021

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itspennyc
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I have been busy this morning. I have washed my hair, changed the bed. The sheets are in the dryer.

I started sewing the bias tape on the bib . I have one section of bias tape on.

I did my dishes, fixed my lunch.

My children have decided that I need to spend the night at my daughter’s.

I have my stuff about half packed. Right now it is still in a laundry basket. I have my pillow packed and it is in my carry bag.

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Re: Daily Check In June 10, 2021

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Jackielou wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:03 am
Good morning fellow frugalites,

I got home just before supper last night and so Hubby went out and picked us up some food at KFC. I had gotten to the point where I was so hungry I almost couldn't eat at that time, so nibbled on the chicken a bit, ate some fries, and had some milk. Later last night I had a bowl of cereal before I went to bed.

We had a very stressful ride up there as the route we took to get over the worst of the construction also worked out to be much longer. So even though we left 3 hours earlier for my appointment because of construction, we took almost the full three hours instead of the regular 2 hour journey. We came home the way we should have went in the first place. Got home much faster, still construction, still had to stop and wait at one point, but still managed to get home in 2 1/2 hours.

The people at the cancer clinic are wonderful. Kindness oozes out of them. I had heard that from others that attended. My wait time was not bad at all, and very soon Hubby and I were seeing a doctor and his nurse in a room.

My doctor was very young. I almost think he has only been practicing a year or so. I guess he could be older than I think, but highly doubt it.

So on to the appointment. This posted before I finished so hopefully I get it done before too many think I have lost it.

First came the discussion on why I thought/knew I was there. I had told the nurse previously that I was a bit confused over the news from the OB/GYN and the information we were getting from the clinic itself. I did however tell him what the first doctor had said. Dr. B said that what I had understood from my specialist was correct, but because there was a small spot of cervical cancer involved they need to become proactive, and the clinic will ask all patients referred to them the same questions good or bad outcomes from any type of surgery.

Then came the discussion of my particular case. Yes before the surgery my problem was precancerous cells, and because it took almost two years for my surgery to happen the cells in one very small area were able to mutate further into type 1A cervical cancer. The board of the clinic is going to look into why it took so long to get surgery as that should never have happened even with Covid shut downs.

Dr. B said that because it was a very small area, and tests of tissues surrounding the spot that were not in my uterus as well as some of the lymph nodes were taken and tested negative there will be no chemo or radiation at this time. He said that to all intents and purposes I am cured. Since, however, there is no 100% guarantee that the cancer will not return I need to be checked every year for any changes to my "vault" (where the uterus and cervix attach to the vagina) and have my colon checked as well. When I asked for how long thinking 5-6 years Dr. B. smiled and said for the rest of your life..... Here I was happy thinking no more pap smears and I get this. It is a small price to pay though to catch a cancer in time.

Oh yes, the oncologist also said that due to my having had cancer any little difference in how I feel or how I am reacting to something needs to be monitored. I can no longer just work my way through something. If I start to loose weight without trying, if I loose my appetite, if I am bloating, and all other such things I am to be in for an UltraSound, or MRI right away. No fooling around, which really my GP would more than likely do anyway.

Now on to frugal matters. The usual will be happening for a Thursday, with a bit of a catch up on some of yesterdays chores/tasks.

I have my grocery list ready and will be heading out as soon as possible to get those chores completed. I have checked fliers for the best prices.

Once home and if it hasn't started raining, I will pick more rhubarb, bring in the hummingbird feeder to clean, water some of my plants, and probably replant the basil if I find any. One of the pepper plants need to be replaced as well so I will look for one of those too.

I will be heading out for a walk shortly provided it isn't raining and if it is I will walk inside on the treadmill for a bit.

Lunch will be sandwiches or fruit with a bagel. Supper will be the leftovers from Tuesday night.

Today I am grateful that all is well in my little world once again.

Everybody have a great day. Take care.
Jackie, That is good news. After having even one cell of cancer...you would want to be checked thoroughly once a year anyway....even being cured. You and your DH must be very relieved. I am so relieved for you. I am glad they are looking into why it took two years to get the surgery.

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Re: Daily Check In June 10, 2021

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Jackielou wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:03 am
Dr. B said that because it was a very small area, and tests of tissues surrounding the spot that were not in my uterus as well as some of the lymph nodes were taken and tested negative there will be no chemo or radiation at this time. He said that to all intents and purposes I am cured. Since, however, there is no 100% guarantee that the cancer will not return I need to be checked every year for any changes to my "vault" (where the uterus and cervix attach to the vagina) and have my colon checked as well. When I asked for how long thinking 5-6 years Dr. B. smiled and said for the rest of your life..... Here I was happy thinking no more pap smears and I get this. It is a small price to pay though to catch a cancer in time.
A curiosity question... When my mom had a 'spot' of cancer when she was very much post-menopausal, they just took everything out (discussed it first, decided it was efficient, then took it all out, they didn't 'surprise' her by doing it).

Why would they leave everything in and just monitor it waiting for something to develop rather than give you the option of having it all taken out?

The decision is an individual thing; knowing that nothing can develop or spread because everything's gone seems like it would be kind of reassuring, especially if that group of organs isn't being useful anymore.

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SandiSAHM wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:53 pm
A curiosity question... When my mom had a 'spot' of cancer when she was very much post-menopausal, they just took everything out (discussed it first, decided it was efficient, then took it all out, they didn't 'surprise' her by doing it).

Why would they leave everything in and just monitor it waiting for something to develop rather than give you the option of having it all taken out?

The decision is an individual thing; knowing that nothing can develop or spread because everything's gone seems like it would be kind of reassuring, especially if that group of organs isn't being useful anymore.
I think you might be a bit mixed up, I always planned on having all removed, there were no "surprises". There is nothing left to monitor, but the vault where my cervix was attached to the vagina. It is now recommended that since nothing is 100% you be monitored for awhile (in this case the rest of my life) just to make sure that if the cancer does come back (cancer cells are sneaky little buggers) it is caught quickly and can be treated easier.

I have a friend who has had a resurgence of their type of cancer 4 times and because they are monitored every year treatment has rapidly followed. They have met numerous people who through yearly monitoring have had their resurgent cancer caught and treated to great effect.

Dr. B said that even though the small area could have been totally removed thus removing all the cancer, it is usually recommended that the way I chose was the best possible way to hopefully prevent a re-occurrence of cancer.

All was discussed and the decision was left entirely to me. I chose the take it all path (I already had no fallopian tubes from a previous operation).

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