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Just Going Along

Monday, August 13, 2018

I was gong along, doing great and bam! Got another infection in my breast. I had breast cancer 5 years ago in July and had a lumpectomy. Just had radiation--no chemo. Have been plugging along with no complications and had my 5 year mammogram and was clean. Before I could celebrate, I developed an infection in the breast I had radiation on. Doctor said that once you have radiation, it changes the cells and the tissue is very easy to get infected. Called it cellulitis (sp?) with a staph infection. Treated with antibiotics. this was in January/February . Took a long time to get well because I first went to Convenient Care and told them I thought I had the flu. Chills in middle of night, fever.

This time when it happened I knew immediately what it was. Woke up Sunday night a week ago with chills, etc. Called doctor Monday and went in and got started on antibiotics right away. It has been a week now and it has finally started to clear up. Doctor seemed puzzled to see me again--said when we get this cleared up he is going to order an MRI done. He said it could be a small pocket of water or something causing this.

Anyway, the antibiotics make me feel pretty lousy. I missed work Monday and Tuesday and then had to leave early Thursday because of my stomach.

I didn't have much of an appetite but because I did absolutely nothing but sit in my chair and read or doze off, I don't feel like I lost any weight. I feel better today than I have in a week. But I am watching what I eat very carefully, so will know Friday. I did buy a pint of strawberry ice cream at the grocery store Friday and ate it Friday night. It cost me all my points for the day and for the week--I am still running a deficit even though I am trying to carry a few points over each day.

But it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. No more. I decided that once a month I might treat myself to something like that--maybe a mini blizzard or small frosty--not sure yet but it makes me happy to think about it. I may or may not do it.

Now, I have to get back to doing some walking. am trying to do more walking around the building at work. I have learned one thing-sitting on my butt for 3 days solid and doing nothing makes me feel awful. I got to a point that each time I got up out of the chair I felt a new ache or pain. I am really thankful to God that I am as healthy and active as I am at 70. I plan on doing my utmost best to ensure that I stay that way for as long as I can.
Thanks for all my spark buddies for you support and encouragement. I appreciate it more than you know.
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