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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Distracting Myself

I have an appointment at the Cancer Center today.  For the most part, they've been routine for months now but this one has me a little unsettled.  I'm still having drainage in my treatment area.  It's been almost two months since I finished radiation and I would think that by now this would have cleared up.  The skin healed long ago, but there are what I call "goo balls" coming out of the pores.  Every couple of days, the skin gets puffy and sore, then a day or so later this goo drains out. The swelling goes away with the goo, as does the tenderness.  For a couple days, at least.  Then it starts again.  The doctor didn't feel it was an infection; he said it doesn't happen often but they have seen it before.  He told me at my last appointment, a month ago, that it would probably clear up by now, and he ordered yet another skin cream for me.  It's gotten better but it has not cleared up.

I couldn't sleep this morning so I got up and took my borrowed dogs for a walk.  I did some housework.  The water heater we put in a few weeks ago has been leaking, so we had a plumber in today to swap it out.  I went outside, to a gorgeous, sunny, pre-spring day, and cleaned up some of the debris that comes with winter: tree branches, blown in litter, like that.  Then I came back in and watched some TV. I'm still anxious.

Right after my appointment I have to head into work. I know I'll be dog tired by the end of my shift.  Hopefully, there will be good news at the doctor and an easy night at the office.  Cross your fingers for me, please!