Today I had an appt with my Oncologist and Dermatologist in Nashville. My appts both went very well. I have actually missed seeing my oncologist. I havent seen him in like 4 months! So, it was nice to finally touch base with him. He also agreed that me coming to Nashville every month and only seeing him every other month was just plain silly. So, with any luck and many prayers, those folks in charge of the trial will actually listen to my Oncologist and agree to me only coming every other month and just getting everything done at once. As my Dr pointed out, I really am the star of this trial, at some point they should cater just a bit to what is convenient and affordable for me! I'll keep you updated!
I also had my 3 month appt with my Dermatolgoist. Unforunately my derm is not in the office on Wednesdays so I met with another derm, whom I really liked I might add:) Everything looked great. I do have an odd rash on my upper arms and back. He said that it was a form of ezcema and nothing to really worry about.
He also noted a small bump in my right lymph node and some fluid uptake in my left lymph node. Neither are anything to worry about at this time.
I was able to discuss some other options for being safe in the sun and apparently I am doing everything that I can do! Other than wearing a huge "Kentucky Derby Sized Hat" which I will be purchasing when I return home, by the way!
This medicine makes me extremely sun senstive. The other day my friend and I were outside, in the shade, watching the kid play, with sunscreen on, and I FRIED!!! My nose and arm burnt so badly that I blistered. *sigh* It sucks. So I am just going to have to be diligent about reapplying sunscreen. Awwww, hello summer! But, I am a mom of two very active children, so NOT playing outside is not an option! So, I will just have to start buying stock in sunscreen:)
My derm did mention that there is not a difference between sunblock and sunscreen. For me he recommended 100 SPF, however for an "average" person he said that 50 SPF applied every 2 hours is adequate. His recommendation for sunscreen was Neutrogena, he did not have a preferance for the spray or rub on, but he did recommend the rub on for me, at least for the initial application.
So, with summer coming, please PLEASE make sure your skin is protected and that your childrens skin is protected! Even one bad sunburn increases your chance for Melanoma by 50%!! Yikes! Be careful out there!
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