Dick, or any other cancer, should not have materialised on the meds I was on following my original surgery in October 2016, so once he was evicted last year and I was given the all clear in November, it was decided to change them.
I didn’t have a problem with that so I was given a new prescription and booklet about the one they proposed to put me on. This was the most commonly prescribed for women who have not yet gone through the menopause. I left mine at the departure gate in NZ in 2010 but the flushes came back in a box as one of the side effects of the medication I was prescribed.
Hubby is very thorough about researching any medication either of us are prescribed and not only read the leaflet in the box but also any other information available. What we read started ringing clangers, let alone alarm bells for me considering my age, risks and family history, and the following day I rang the breast clinic with my concerns as we were far from happy at the potential prospect of inviting some other nasties to my door.
My nurse took it all on board and said she’d discuss it with my consultant when she got back off holiday.
I received a copy of a letter sent to my GP shortly before Christmas expressing concern for my worries when their choice was highly recommended and well tolerated but respecting my wishes and suggesting two others which could be discussed. I decided to leave it until after the holidays before making an appointment with my GP (we have found a lovely lady who at the moment we can see on request) and she too respected my wishes and we are trying one of the other alternatives.
There are a few extra side effects to look out for, like weight gain and the possibility of DVTs (very familiar to Hubby which is why he is on warfarin for life) but none of the other things that had made me so twitchy, so we decided to wait a couple of weeks so that we could monitor my weight, BP and pulse to get a base line for comparison.
My weight is more or less stable now and the scales were grinning at me this morning as the reading was right where I wanted to be. My BP was 133 over 72 with a heartbeat of 64.
Yesterday it was 120 over 74 with a heartbeat of 62.
I took the first pill this morning rather than my usual bedtime JUST IN CASE I have a reaction and we can do something about it at a sensible hour rather than the middle of the night. If all is OK, then I can go back to my nightly dose as that suits me better in respect of the hot flushes I’m still likely to get.
Time will tell of course and I won’t have my first reset annual mammograms until September. The good news is that I will be in and out in half the time as they only have one side to check now.
Naturally I am anxious after what has happened recently, but if something does turn up in the other breast, we’ve already decided that they can make the sides match.