I had my follow up with my oncologist 4 weeks after my last chemo. There wasn't much to it. He congratulated me and answered a few questions about what's ahead. I had to add a little something to the appointment to give closure.
Even though I know Dr. P will continue to be my doctor in future years, it will be a while... and he has lots of patients. I knew this crazy donkey moment would help him remember me... even if it causes him to remember a crazy woman, with the donkey.
Before I brought out the donkey we talked about the Letrozole meds I'll take for 5 years, to lower risk of cancer recurrence. "Why not Tamoxifen?" I asked. I was confused by his tactful answer. "Oh!" I suddenly realized. "It's because I'm old and Tamoxifen is for younger patients!" I was stating what I finally understood. "Oh, I never said you're old..." My poor doctor was nearly stammering, worried that I was insulted. He went on and on about my good health and looking young for my age. I had to assure him I hadn't been bothered, just confused. "I am old! I'm going to be 60!" I laughed. Our funny conversation lead us right into the donkey intro... which may have made me appear old enough that senility had set in.
Dr. P wanted to know the donkey's name. "Just Ms. Donkey." I laughed, telling him about how this mascot came about... with friends and family telling me to kick cancer's bootie. He reminded me how important family support is... and humor. He also said he was so glad I was done with chemo before the holidays. "When you go through chemo during the holiday, then every holiday you're reminded of that tough time..." I hadn't even thought about that. Thanks for the reminder, Dr. P!
Cancer to Covid
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 17, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me.
Coronavirus and Cancer! Both are evil, but neither can totally get me down... if I vent! I hope with Covid, I run out of complaints before 200!