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Well today I had my last radiotherapy session at Nottingham Radiotherapy Centre, they said "it should make the cancer go into deep remission." I've never heard the phrase "deep Remission" before, presume it means mega remission or sumat like that. Had a few side effects, mainly fatigue, but nothing I couldn't cope with. The staff at the RT centre were brilliant, I can't praise them enough. Thanks for the kind comments...  

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1 hour ago, colly0410 said:

Well today I had my last radiotherapy session at Nottingham Radiotherapy Centre, they said "it should make the cancer go into deep remission." 

 

When it all started, I predicted you'd be back here before long, like nothing ever happened.............

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Thanks Brew, Margie H, Jill, Beekay, Cliff ton, Carni & Catfan.... Seemed strange not going to RT centre today, miss yabbering to the staff & other patients. Off out to a line dance social at Mapperley plains social club tomorrow night, told radiologist I was going & she told me not to go mad & limit the amount of dances I do, I'll do the slow ones, lol...  

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Hi colly wish you all the best don't use to much of your energy  up but enjoy. Used to go u to Mapperley social club Saturday nights accurately I lernt the square tango there. Forgot how to do it now though. Love line dancing, I see it says you live in Hucknall I,m sure they also do line dancing at the leisure cetre there?

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Colly glad you've finished RT so now you can relax. Keep up your followup appointments and you'll be ok. I still do mine after 11 1/2 years when I first discovered cancer. Many thoughts and worries but the best phrase came from my surgeon who said quite firmly " you are NOT going to die". Ive had many anxious moments mostly around Christmas time when new tumours were discovered but I'm still here but thanks to early discovery through followup they were blasted from here to eternity. I recently had my blood test and because I had cancelled a CT scan in between because I had one privately. I had to wait almost a month before i saw the oncologist. Ive been having a CT scan and Ecograph every year but for a long time now I have a pain under my ribs so tests etc have increased. Ive had everything redone but nothing has been found so as a last resort my onc has arranged another P.E.T. scan and said if this doesnt reveal anything nothing will. Its a last resort. I feel well so Im not worried that it could be anything serious I just want to know what it is and deal with it.

In oncology I found all the staff to be caring and helpful. ( here in Italy this hospital is considered one of the top ones for oncology so I consider myself very lucky)

I wish you all the best from now on out and as everyone is saying don't overdo it.

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Thanks for asking Jim.  I've put a post up in the Christmas lights thread, about something I heard on the radio on the way back.. but that's not important here.

 

Got weighed, measured, swabbed, and robbed of a fair bit of blood.  Adivised to stop certain meds before the op, as well as alcohol.  I can do that.  I don't have to like it.

 

Problem though..  I currently have a bit of gum irritation/infection around a tooth. I was told years ago that this tooth was beyond redemption and would eventually have to go.  So everything is now on hold until that is resolved.  Fortunately I was able to get my dentist appt. moved forward from 23rd Dec to 7th..so the delay will hopefully be minimal.

 

It also seems that the op makes you more vulnerable to infection with Covid.  It seems the immune system gets all wound up about the assault on the knee and 'takes its eye off the Covid ball'.  I've just been reading about 'booster boosters', or fourth jabs before elective surgery, so I'll enquire about that.

 

But otherwise.. things are progressing quite well.  I have a phone consult with the surgeon on the 16th. 

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On 12/4/2021 at 6:53 PM, DJ360 said:

 

It also seems that the op makes you more vulnerable to infection with Covid.  It seems the immune system gets all wound up about the assault on the knee and 'takes its eye off the Covid ball'.  I've just been reading about 'booster boosters', or fourth jabs before elective surgery, so I'll enquire about that.

 

But otherwise.. things are progressing quite well.  I have a phone consult with the surgeon on the 16th. 

You’re over-thinking and getting yourself more worried than necessary Col.  
Stay calm, you’ll be in and out of hospital with a new knee in no time. 

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Went to the Doc's last week for 'bloods', because they can't be done by turning up at the hospital these days.

While there, the nurse took my BP, almost before I'd had chance to sit down.

Later she told me it was 'a bit high'. ( 153/95) She recommended getting a 'monitor', so I can keep an eye on it.

 

So anyway..I've been thinking of getting one anyway and I bought a Braun model for about £70.

 

So far I'm getting readings of around 125/80 (Average) in the mornings, and 109/65 or lower in the evening.

 

Seems decent enough to me.

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Kind of..  Docs don't bother me.. but getting to appointments does....

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Raising B.P. when seeing the doctor is known as, "White coat syndrome", is a real thing. My wife has suffered it for years. It is written on her records, so taken into consideration when she visits the surgery. In fact, she went to see our GP last Friday and I've been asked to take Tina's BP over this week. Do it 3 times and note the lowest each day. I can guarantee, as soon as she sees the pouch that I keep the monitor in, her BP will go up. She panics just looking at it. I have two types of monitor, a manual (with the pump up bulb) and an automatic one where you just press a button, (battery-powered).

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I've was picked up as having high blood pressure several years ago. I was prescribed tablets which fixed the problem and I've never been high again since.

 

It's never been suggested I have any kind of monitor; I just go to my GP once a year for a check-up. and they tell me the figure has stayed reasonable. The tablets seem to work, and I don't vary.

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I to was picked up with high blood pressure and again when at the surgery it was always high. I purchased a monitor and check it for a week before and record it , its is always OK, when I go to have it taken by them it is always high, I just dont like the doctors surgery.

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It's known as white coat hypertension and even those who claim that medics don't faze them seem susceptible to it.

 

I've had a monitor for years. My BP is always on the low side and is usually normal if taken in a medical setting.  I was once late for a medication review, ran across the car park and into the surgery. The doc put the cuff on immediately and said my BP was a bit high. I insisted he do it again after I'd done five minutes of meditation breathing. It was way down. He looked shocked but it shut him up!

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I reckon tonight's experience sort of proves it.  I  ran two tests this morning, before any coffee etc.  just after getting up and sitting  a chair for a few minutes.

 

I got:  126/80.

 

This evening I forgot until I'd just staggered down the stairs after going up to clean my teeth  and take some washing back up.  Remembered and got the machine out, set it up and tried to be still but got 142/77.

So... sat still..quietly asked Alexa to time three minutes,  then tried again and got 122/77.

 

Just goes to show that you can control your own BP to some extent by relaxation and 'mindfulness'.

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We also have a BP monitor its a Beurer and at the moment is used fairly frequently. My husband has high BP and high glicemic count. Both now under control.

I had a frightening experience once when I went to have chemo. I had rushed for the appointment then couldnt find a parking space at the hospital. Consequently arriving in oncology I was a bit anxious. They told me to sit for a while and then took my BP still high so they gave me a tablet and had to sit for a while. Took it again and still high and at the finish I couldn't do the chemo so was sent home. Had to go back the following week. That was the reason I bought a monitor, so after that I leave in plenty of time in case I have to wait for a parking space. Big hospital with little space outside for cars. I don't like going underground to park, I can never find my car when I return to it.

They are useful things and we were told not to take the first reading for granted. Same with Glicemia the dr told my husband not to take readings always at the same time. Take them at various times and record them. Thats what hes doing and I no longer hear " its high".

Hope everything goes well for you DJ

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