Yesterday I was back at physio – strangely a place I thought I would not see again until after radiation.

I have been battling with some lymph drainage issues over the last two weeks: some sensitivity and tightness in my new right lady lump with some swelling under the expander which in turn have caused some discomfort to my right arm.  Gillian took one look and said “oh dear, a seroma” ….????

I now know that a seroma is a pocket of fluid (in this case lymph) which can form near a surgical site and very common afer a mastectomy… (thanks  google).

Clearly I have been very fortunate that this has not happened sooner!   Some very lucky ladies even have to wear compression bandages around their chests to help reduce the swelling and encourage the body to reabsorb the fluid.  My 2ce daily manual lymph massage has obviously done it’s job.   But the last few weeks of heat and humidity have certainly made it more difficult for the lymph to drain effectively.  Gillian also found that I may have strained a muscle which could have further restricted drainage and apparently my diaphram was also not sitting correctly.  All those hours of googling radiation and recurrance stats in front of my laptop and the resulting stress from this, may or may not be to blame 😉

Fortunately an hour of therapy and Gillian’s magical hands did the trick, and I left her office feeling at least 5 kgs of lymph lighter along with a friendly reminder to avoid google for a while!

“If it’s not on google, it doesn’t exist.”  Jimmy Wales

“With Google I’m starting to burn out on knowing the answer to everything.  People in the year 2020 are going to be nostalgic for the sensation of feeling clueless.”  Douglas Coupland

“I have realised that instead of posting all my problems on Facebook, its better to find solutions for them on Google.”  Barbara Franco

“Sometimes Google should just come back with a message that says: Trust me you don’t want to know.” Unknown


3 thoughts on “Google…

  1. My general knowledge has never been particularly good – I don’t think my mum – a teacher – will ever live it down (Too add insult to injury, I also frequently confuse left and right…) so as you can imagine, I have embraced Google. It has been the answer to all my questions now for years, and I can’t think of a day recently when I haven’t had to “google” something – until more recently Janine also used to be a fantastic source of random information (however in more recent times, the chemo brain has made me being to doubt some of that info)

    Strangely enough, I’ve stopped researching anything to do with cancer… diets, recovery, causes, side effects… There is just too much information out there. Taking it in and trying to processing it puts me into a spiral, and I feel like I’m loosing all control – ironic because I actually have no control over any of this but seem to allude myself that I do.

    Your constant bravery to persevere and learn more about this disease and how to combat it are truly a source of inspiration to me – you’re not afraid to find out more despite how overwhelming it all seems.

    Stay strong and keep going – you are amazing!
    Only 3 to go…

    “So I searched for “Ninja’s” on Google, and it said “Ninja’s have not been found.” Nicely played Ninjas..!”
    – Anon –

    “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
    – Steve Jobs –


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