Its been eight days since I last updated. I didn’t particularly feel like writing over the long weekend so that is why I haven’t! I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend as much as I did.. I had a big thursday night at a big Toga party – Yes, I dressed up! Friday evening two of our good friends from Melbourne came to see/stay with us for Easter, Saturday night we went out and had an awesome dinner with drinks then as there wasn’t much open, we came back to our place and got drunk. Sunday was obviously Easter so we had a big meal at Adam’s parents, then a big dinner at my mums place. We then all headed out and got extremely drunk. I can barely remember my night but I know I heard I was acting crazy so I am glad I had such a good time. Apparently we went to bed at 5am. Good effort for me, I think things are starting to go back to normal!
I went to see a doctor on thursday as I needed a new referral for this problem with my trigger thumbs (again). Last time I saw this hand specialist guy he said if the symptoms come back we will act on surgery as soon as possible. So I guess thats what will be happening. I am seeing him later in May and can’t wait because I am in a lot of pain every day thanks to this condition. I also asked the doctor about my scalp. Its really sensitive, itchy and lumpy. This is bad because I fidgit a lot when I watch tv and don’t realise I am picking/scratching at it. She said it looked like Folliculitis, infected hair follicles from the hair trying to grow back. I have a course of anti-biotics to get onto now – Although, I did put it off over the weekend because I knew I wanted to have a few drinks! A nice man at the chemist also told me to use lavender oil on my scalp to heal it and it also promotes hair growth (maybe I was wrong with using rosemary oil!? I suppose any stimulation is good though..) Also a natural tea tree oil shampoo. So far so good!
Speaking of hair, I have secretly been updating another website with my stages of hair growth. I was going to put the link on here but I think I will wait longer so there is more of a progression for you all to observe! I have selected an image from the 11th of April and one from today sitting in the same position to show you the difference in how much my hair has grown! Its pretty cool 🙂
And there you go! You can see how much thicker it has become. I am getting more excited every day and cannot wait to be able to style it a little bit with some wax. I never thought I would be saying that..
I don’t think I have mentioned that last Tuesday night Mum organised my ‘celebration for finishing Radiotherapy’ dinner. It was Jess, mum, mum’s partner John, my dad, Adam and I. It felt great making a toast to finishing the heaviest parts of my treatment and really made me feel like it was OVER! We unfortunately did not take any photos that night so I don’t have one to post.
I have been going out in public heaps without a scarf/hat just my short hair. I hate to generalise but I have noticed that certain areas I go out, stare more than others. Also its more of the real Aussie 35-45 year old guy that seems almost disgusted by it. Its made me really angry some times because its not just a quick glance, its a 3-take look as if I am a freak. I have seen lots of young girls with short/shaved hair around lately whether its for fashion or sickness, I think they have all looked amazing so I am trying my hardest to get used to it and just not care and ignore them.
Today I am going to pick up a prescription drug called ‘Catapress’. I have put it off for a while now because I am silly and read into the side effects too much and worry. Now its time though as I cannot handle this menopausal crap any more.
What is Catapres (Catapress)?
Catapres (Catapress) is an alpha agonist and is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension ). It is effective when used alone or with other high blood pressure medications. Catapres (Catapress) lowers blood pressure by decreasing the levels of certain chemicals in your blood. This allows your blood vessels (veins and arteries) to relax (widen) and your heart to beat more slowly and easily.
Catapres (Catapress) is also used for alcohol, nicotine, or benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal; migraine headaches; smoking cessation programs; Tourette’s syndrome (tics and uncontrollable utterances); narcotic/methadone detoxification; premenstrual tension; to treat diabetic diarrhea; to treat ulcerative colitis, and to diagnose pheochromocytoma.
Catapres (Catapress) may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.
Catapres (Catapress) side effects may include dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression) and cold hands/feet.
Not much else to say really, today I called up my breast recon surgeon’s office to let them know the date I finish Herceptin which will mean it will be time to reconstruct my boobies. I felt pretty exciting telling the receptionist because this means they will be now looking for an appropriate time and date for my surgery. I am so scared of this huge procedure but at least it will be working toward something life changing for me.