OBC – May 22, 2017

Welcome to the third installment of  ONE BOOB CHRONICLE.

Two weeks ago (seems longer than that!), I was given a prescription for Silver Sulfadiazine – otherwise known as Silvadene – to put on the “Skin Tears”.  The prescription was for a 50 Gram bottle, with two refills.  I had used the stuff a few times on the “skin tears” with a thin coating as I had been told.

All through my Radiation treatments I had no problems with my skin being affected.  It turned brown and slightly red by the start of the fifth week.  Wednesday of the fifth week was when things went south and I needed to use the cream.

On my seventh week of Radiation treatments, the week of just my scar being treated, my chest began to really show the effects.  As I had shown in my last post.

Thursday of my seventh and final week, I came home in dire need of Joe’s help getting the raging fire put out on my chest.  I walked in the door and didn’t even consider what he was in the middle of, which was a phone conversation with one of his sons.  “I need  your help!” is how I greeted him once in the door.

I grabbed the container of Silvadene and headed for the bathroom.  I stripped off my shirt on the way back, with Joe following behind me.  “What can I do?  What do you need me to do?” were his questions lobbed to me.  “Wash your hands” is what I told  him.  Once he had that task done I told him to put the cream on every inch that was RED!

Joe did as I told him to do….except he “Frosted The Cake”.  That 50 Gram pot of Silvadene was emptied in no time flat.  Once the “Fire” was out and I could think clearly I had to call for a refill.

I was not looking forward to the following day and my last Radiation treatment.

On the way home on Friday, we stopped at our pharmacy to get the Silvadene.  Joe “Frosted the Cake” again, using most of the pot’s contents.  There would not be enough for the weekend at this rate.  I called on Saturday to get the last refill and was told that I could not have it until WEDNESDAY!  I could pay for it out right and get it immediately.  I thought the stuff would be about $100 so I declined.  I did end up getting the final refill on Monday.  The cost was $18.99 USD.

Tuesday, May 16th, I called the Radiation doctor’s office to request another refill.  After a few questions about how we had gone through the entire supply in just a few days, I had to tell the doctor that I was getting increasingly  more “skin tears” and a lot of wound weeping was going on.  So that doctor “Hooked Me Up!”

Three original 50 Gram post and the NEW prescription

Three original 50 Gram pots and the NEW prescription

The original three pots, in the photo, are totally EMPTY.  Gone in a mere five days.

My skin looks TONS better.  It still hurts in places.  You can see the changes and healing done in those five days of Joe’s ministrations.  LOL! 😀

Healing is underway

Healing is underway

I have been very diligent in taking a shower every morning to clean off the nights yucky stuff.  Joe would slather on the cream….giving me a “Crumb Coat” this time.

Mid afternoon I give the area a good cleaning with a cleanser I was given at the start of my Radiation treatments.  Cleanse the area of all yucky stuff and Joe would reapply the cream.

At night, I would take a second shower and then go to Joe for the “Wrap” treatment.  A “Crumb Coat” of cream…..

Layer of Silvadene applied to the red area

Layer of Silvadene applied to the red area.

Joe then, delicately, placed a couple of gauze squares over the creamed area….

Gauze applied to the creamed area

Gauze applied to the creamed area

Finally, he would wrap  me in a roll of gauze, taping the layers together as he went….

Rolled gauze to hold everything in place for the night.

Rolled gauze to hold everything in place for the night.

Put on a loose t-shirt to keep the gauze wrap in place as I slept.  Through Joe’s ministrations I am healing well.  I still have some areas that are tender and oozing.  I see my surgeon on Tuesday, May 23rd (tomorrow), to see how everything is going with me.

So, “Frosting the Cake” may not have been the right thing to do but it WAS the right thing to do at the time.  LOL 😀

I will have another post for you tomorrow.  My week of cleaning two bathrooms in Zone 3 of Flylady.  This week is the Master Bedroom.  That room is a HIDEOUS mess!!

Thank you ALL for your encouragement, love, support, prayers and friendship.  I appreciate everyone of you.

Leslie

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pati Mishler
    May 22, 2017 @ 11:18:12

    Oh my gosh Sis! What a lot to go through! I feel horrible that you are going through all this! Hopefully this journey will be at an end soon! Thx for keeping us all informed as you go, love you Sis! 😀😘😘🤗❤️ Prayers going your way!

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    • Message In A Fold
      May 23, 2017 @ 08:32:32

      Thank you, Sis! I have been so caught up in my mess that I have not even checked your blog 😦
      I hope all is well with you and Les, both of you working and trying to keep warm and dry after some of this crazy spring weather. Each day, through the stinging pain, I tell myself “This is ONLY TEMPORARY” and will soon be just a faded memory. I love you so very much, and I greatly appreciate your love and prayers my sweet Sister.
      Love you – Leslie

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  2. Mary Farrington
    May 22, 2017 @ 12:49:44

    ((((Leslie)))) Oh my gosh, it does look better – but still looks sooo painful. I am so proud of you for handling this ( but really, what choice did we have right? ) Seriously, that Dr. hooked you up – and you are now on your way to the end!! Love you my fellow cancer friend…

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    • Message In A Fold
      May 23, 2017 @ 08:35:52

      Hey there my Cancer Buddy! You are finally done with your chemo….your hair is growing back in….and you are done with the worst of your journey. I pray for your continued healing and that of your husband. I know you are extra busy now that spring is here and your boys are probably involved in some kind of sport – practices and games. I don’t know what kind of “Survivors” we are BUT I do know that we both “Survived” the toxic cocktails of Chemo! Woo Hoo!!! You keep on the healing path and I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
      Love you – Leslie

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  3. Anita
    May 23, 2017 @ 06:19:44

    The Lord puts people in front of us to teach us what we need to know. Of this I am sure. Dear sweet sister, you have taught me so much. And know you are teaching me another lesson of what strength truly means. I love you to the moon and back. Thank you. Your journey has been a guiding light for me. Sending you tons of prayers for your continued strength with tons of hugs attached.

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    • Message In A Fold
      May 23, 2017 @ 09:06:46

      Pinky, your comment has warmed my heart and made my eyes leak.

      I would not wish this ailment on even my worst enemy, of which I have none – but still….

      This nearly year long journey has been made easier with your prayers and hugs from across the miles. The one thing I have learned throughout this mess is…when the pain or side effects from treatment get the best of me naps do wonders for escaping the worst of it AND reminding myself that this is ONLY TEMPORARY!

      My precious friend and “Sister from another Mother”, I hope to see you once again in the near future when I am able to travel to Colorado. Love you SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!
      Leslie

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