Monthly Archives: April 2012

Double plus good

The .0875 didn’t quite cut it – I managed to last 78 hours without a major breakdown, but I never got full relief, and things were definitely slipping by the end (the patch should last  84 hours, so a bit … Continue reading

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Squeeze Play

Follow up mammogram today – and you know I’m looking forward to it. I’m not expecting it to show anything dire; to be honest, I don’t have much faith in the technology to show anything dire before I notice it. … Continue reading

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Playing Doctor

The continuing log of trial and error. After 64 hours of the 84 hour Vivelle Dot at .05, I was beginning the downward slide – and I never got adequate relief. Mood and energy improved slightly, though not enough (have … Continue reading

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Moving on up

The Vivelle Dot (at .0375) lasted about 3 days – luckily I have friends who check in with me (thanks, Ron!); I would have given it a week, just to be sure, even though I wasn’t getting relief from symptoms. … Continue reading

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The Patch – Take Two

In the midst of my little meltdown, I called the doctor’s office – and I’m now on the Vivelle Dot, a non generic, change twice a week patch. In contrast to the generic, it’s tiny (about half the size of … Continue reading

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Falling Apart

I waited until the morning of the seventh day to peel the old patch and slap a new one on – and that was a Terrible Dreadful Mistake, indeed. I knew the supposedly seven day patch had been pretty much … Continue reading

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The Patch – Take One

It’s a big ugly thing stuck on my upper thigh – about 2″ diameter, the ‘flesh’ tone of cheap bandaids with a ring of adhesive leaking out from around it. It burns a bit, it’s bulky enough to be slightly … Continue reading

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Patching myself back together

I saw the endocrinologist today, and – lo and behold! – I left with a scrip for Climara, a low dose (.0375 mg per day) estrogen patch. It was not a decision she made lightly, and she wants me to … Continue reading

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March Hairs

As a bit of light relief from the rest of reality – what my hair looks like now, some seven months after my last chemo. I’ve run the clippers over it a couple of times, but the bangs (such as … Continue reading

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