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settling in

photo wallI think the Tamoxifen is settling in and bringing some friends with it.  I hit the fatigue wall in a big way a couple of days ago and, after a fun day yesterday assisting with the set up of a photo exhibition, today I am, shall we say, knackered.

The solution of course is sleep. Hmmm. The image below is of one of my nocturnal activities last night. Might as well get yourself a drink of water while you’re up.

I also felt the need today to warn Himself not to be too alarmed if I suddenly began shedding tears over apparently nothing. He seemed to take that prospect in his stride.

Next Tuesday I see the oncologist to check how the Tamoxifen is going. It appears to be settling in very well.

Painted in Waterlogue

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there are always choices

On Tuesday I had the best conversation I’ve had thus far with my medical oncologist. I walked out of the consulting room feeling that my concerns about aromatase inhibitors (AIs) had been heard. He gave me his rundown on all the options including doing nothing at all. He made it clear that it was my choice, not his, as to how I might proceed from here.

While preparing for the discussion, I had fallen into the trap of assuming what his response would be. Fortunately for the sake of good manners, I had also made the decision to listen to him before launching fervently into my pages of notes.

My highest concerns on the list of side effects related to loss of bone density. Despite the fact that the good doctor would prefer I took the AI route, the options laid out included trying Tamoxifen which, while it has its own list of interesting potential side effects, will leave my bones alone.

So that’s what I’ve decided to do. A suck it and see approach to Tamoxifen knowing that all of the other options are still available should I change my mind.

When I visited the pharmacy to collect my first vat of tablets, they provided me with an information pamphlet. I am pleased to report that I will be totally compliant with this note.

Must not do

In other news, I’m two weeks into my new disciplined eating approach which includes taking care of what and how much. It’s so far so good on the red wine count. I’m allowing myself 2 standard drinks a week. Thus far, two kilograms (or 4.5 pounds) have left the building.

Painted in Waterlogue

And now that I’m almost over a cold which sapped energy levels just as they were starting to rise, the daily walks are up and strolling. It’s almost six months since I discovered the lump in my breast. It feels so good to be at this end of those six months.