It’s 2am. I have been slowly coming down with some kind of cold which is really irritating me. Not to mention also scare me. I need to stay super healthy and free of infection.
Today Adam and I had to have our HIV and Hep blood tests. It was also the day for Adam to deliver liquids into a jar for a sperm count study. They supplied Penthouse magazines, I thought that was pretty funny.
I also had a physio appointment with Emma again. I had not seen her since I was in hospital and felt like I needed her to see how I was going and if I needed to push myself further than I have been or if I was doing well.
She found several areas of cording. This I had dreaded.
So, what the hell is cording?..
- Cording occurs as a result of the lymph glands and lymph channels being removed from your axilla region or armpit
- Cording often shows itself as a palpable tight and painful band of tissue (like a cord – hence the name) running down the arm towards the hand
- Cording can be felt at any part of the arm (Marjory had pain and tightness down the back of her arm but I’ve heard of other women who feel it in the forearm or around the elbow)
- Cording is a kind of soft tissue tightness usually seen in the axilla.
It can extend from the mastectomy or lumpectomy or even the drain scar down the arm to the wrist. It is painful and can sometimes recur. The pain of cording can settle in a few weeks or can last for months
- Some physical therapists say that the cords can be stretched or massaged and that this can lead to an immediate improvement in range of motion and a decrease in pain. Some women say that massage is too painful to tolerate
- Cording is probably due to changes in the arm’s lymph vessels and can appear six to eight weeks following surgery or even months afterwards.
- Cording usually gets better spontaneously, though you may need physiotherapy to stretch the cords and some doctors may give you antibiotics as treatment.
I actually enjoyed the pain associated with the physio. It was more later in the day that I felt a little bit uncomfortable. That could also be the fact that I tripped up the stairs at home and by natural instinct threw my hands to the floor to save myself, not realising that my hands are attached to my arms and that it pulled on the cording and caused horrible sharp intense pain!
I can also start massaging my scar which I have been wanting to do for a while now. I will be starting with some Bio Oil before I go to bed to really get rid of any keloid looking areas. There are some really chunky parts under my armpit that I am eager to get rid of.
Also started wearing my Berlei breast cancer bra with insert today. It felt weird because my chest is numb and I couldn’t feel it in certain areas so I felt like it was slipping higher than it should.
I received an awesome book from Lynz in the mail today. I read it from start to finish within about 2.5 hours. Its called ‘Why I wore lipstick to my mastectomy’. Its written by a girl who was diagnosed at the same age as me, she had similar cancer and treatments but less severe case than mine. A lot of it was inspiring as I could read about her chemo and things further than where I am at right now. Some of it was really scary and I cried. But, I’d rather be aware of what is ahead of me. Its strange to read someone elses perspective on the whole thing.
In saying this, I truely believe that I am really strong and I have definitely gone about this with the right attitude. I have been joking around a lot and the people around me at the time are shocked that I can even say such things. I’m glad I can be like this and I hope that the times that I am down I can think of these moments to cheer myself up.
Bed time. Its 2:35am and My nose is so stuffy that I cannot breathe.