Monday, April 30, 2012

Recognize this face?

This little munchkin was found wandering around Beechgrove on Friday. He's staying with us until we can find his family. We've called the SPCA, posted ads on as well as in the hope that his people will see him. In the meantime, we haven't found a name for him yet, any suggestions?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Results are in!

I had an appointment with my family doctor this morning and she had the results from my biopsy.

My microcalcifications are NOT cancer! They're just trauma from the reconstruction. Talk about a sigh of relief!

Wheeeeeeewwwwwwwwww. To say the least.

Now onto the much more pleasant task of planning our Cuban getaway!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

All done!

Just got home from my biopsy, everything went fine. The radiologist numbed me up, then took the samples with a nifty little tool that looked like an ear-piercing gun with a screwdriver bit on the end, attached to a vacuum. It sounds worse than it was, haha. It wasn't painless, per se, but it wasn't terrible. He said that it really just looked like fat necrosis in his opinion, but that the results should be available from pathology within the next few weeks.

Afterwards, my sister and I were shopping when she got a call to tell us some awesome news! Our cousin Nathalie and her husband Shawn found out the sex of their baby who is due to arrive in April! I don't want to be the one to spill the beans, so I won't mention it until everyone knows, but I am so excited for them! I adore babies, especially teeny tiny ones, so I can't wait to meet him/her! Congrats you guys!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Another Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

Yesterday I went for my annual round of cancer tests; mammogram, ultrasound, chest x-ray and bloodwork. It was the first time my new breast, or as I call it, my '09, was mammogrammed. The radiologist took a look at the first films and asked the technician to do them again, this time with a different view, called a Mag View. Afterwards, I strolled down to the ultrasound table, where a different tech gooped me up and scanned my vital organs, liver, kidneys, spleen, assorted other gray shapes, which all looked fine. The radiologist always comes in afterward to verify everything. After he checked my organs, which looked fine, he spent some time checking my '09. He said everything looked good and sent me on my way. Finally, I went for my crazy amount of bloodwork, (ten vials!) and got to go home.

Today, there was a message on my answering machine from the Hull hospital asking me to call them back to schedule a biopsy. This left me pretty perplexed, since the radiologist didn't mention anything about anything suspicious, much less a biopsy at my appointment, I'm pretty sure I'd remember that. So, I called them back and asked to speak to him myself. To my amazement, they put me through to him and I asked him what was going on. He said that after reviewing my file again, he noticed microcalcifications near the cleavage incision of my '09, and to be on the safe side, he wants to get a biopsy of the tissue to confirm that the calcification is a result of the surgery, and subsequent infection I had at the time. And, if it's something else, then we'll be informed and ready earlier, as opposed to last time. He reminded me what the biopsy procedure was like, but he really didn't need to, it's still one of my more vivid memories.

I trust Dr. Lareau. I credit him with saving my life the first time. He was the only doctor who took my tumor seriously the minute he saw it. Unfortunately, he only got to see it once it was 10 centimeters wide. It's thanks to him that I got my mastectomy so quickly. He always remembers me and my case, and although his bedside manner is sometimes a little curt, he knows what he's doing.

My appointment is on November 24th at 9:45 in Hull. I'm not looking forward to the procedure, but I'm not worried.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Where's that damn wagon?

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I fell off the weight-loss wagon, I think it's because Jill's driving it like a bat out of Hell. Way to go, Jill! Now I've got to hop back on. Back to copious amounts of water, daily vitamins, and I am going to drag my wagon-less arse to yoga on Wednesday, maybe the wagon will be parked outside the Women's Institute....

On a different note, I'm organizing another trip to CUBA!!! A group of about 14 of us is going, and we should have a hotel picked out by the end of the week. I can't wait!