Happy middle of the week to you and thank you for all your comments on this last blog It seems we're all quite alike when it comes to our children, and I thank you for sharing. That's one of the lovely things about this way of keeping in touch, realising that you're not alone in your thoughts, which to me is a comfort
Something though that is not a comfort is my bloomin' right arm at the moment, and it's a good job I'm long sighted as I am having to type with my arms out straight and the computer seems miles away! I had to have all the lymph nodes removed at the same time as the mastectomy because they were malignant, and unfortunately lymphoedema set up while I was still having chemo.
It's a very strange condition that causes the arm to swell up because the lymph fluid can't drain away – only 10% of patients get it – guess I was one of the lucky ones To be fair it's a lot better than it was initially – the entire arm was huge – I reckon I could have taken on Nadal with my forehand!
In the last year the swellng seems to have been just around the elbow and lower arm, and I was seeing a Manual Lymphatic Drainage nurse about once a month, but didn't continue as the swelling was so random that none of the sleeves that were measured for me ever fitted, so I was naughty and gave up!
Anyways… long story short, it's not been getting any better and so I have found a new nurse locally, and she has begun a two week course of massaging and bandaging my arm. If you saw me on Monday then you will have seen this enormous appendage that used to be my right arm, but now looks like the leg of a small adult!
Cleaning my teeth is hilarious as I can only manage it with my left hand, and I can't hold my fork in my right hand either – I can still cut my food I just can't get it into my mouth!! Last night I turned over in the bed and nearly rendered Colin unconcious with a right hook, and apart from wearing a ring there's no chance of getting any other jewellery on..! Luckily I have the bandages changed every two days and so I can remove them, and shower and hair wash before seeing the nurse, which is a definite relief
It's not that easy finding dresses with sleeves – although I have a couple from Lesley Ebbets' 'With Sleeves' range on order, and will possibly resort to a Harry Worth type stance on Thursday at midnight when I'll be with Kim Mendelson who has a terrific new TSV! Of course the bandage is only temporary, and if it all works, which I have every faith it will, then I will finally have an almost matching pair of arms again
It does make me appreciate though how incredibly difficult it must for be anyone with their arm in plaster, or those who struggle with arthritis in the joints – I'm thinking of you Infact when I was at junior school, my friend Joanna Banting fell out of an apple tree and broke BOTH her arms! Nightmare! I'm sure some of you could match that though, so do drop me a line and we can all empathise
I have to say I was glad to be unbandaged for last Saturday's 'Anything Goes' show with Craig. I don't know if you saw any of it, but he was awesome in the Zumba! I always knew he could dance having watched him gyrate around the dance floor at several Christmas parties, and he didn't disappoint in his version of the rumba!
I was rather sorry to have missed the gorgeous boxer David Haye (who made those jungle moments in 'I'm a Celebrity' a tad more special !) but he will be with Miceal this Saturday at 8pm.
Well, I think that's all I can do for today, and I'm afraid I'm rather short on photos apart from this gorgeous picture of the Orchid that my friend Jo bought for me in January 2007 when I moved into my little house. It has flowered constantly since then, but I think this house move was a bridge too far… these two blooms are the last, but it has brought me deep joy over the years
I hope wherever you are you're warm and healthy and if you get the time I'd love to hear your news. Oh, and I now tweet so you can keep in touch that way too! @alikqvc is my address if you fancy Sending you my love, Ali xxxx