Friday, September 9, 2011
The Adventures of Peglegged Petunia, the Pirate Queen
I am still walking with a strange gait. I have noticed that I have been moving more like my father, but his problem was due to arthritis and a knee problem. One of my friends described it as a rolling gait...which is pretty much how I'd been thinking of it.
The other day, my physical therapist who has been working on my hand for lymphedema commented that I was "gimping around." She was thinking I was in pain, I told her that I was pretty sure that the problem was that the cancer in the acetabulum (pelvis) had caused deterioration and that my right hip was now shorter than my left. She measured it. Sure enough, it was 1/2" shorter than my left. She suggested putting in heel lifts and I purchased something right away, which made a significant difference.
I am still having trouble with severe neuropathy in my feet and lower legs. I don't know how much feeling will return and I'm wondering if some of it may also be a neural response causing sort of a dropped foot response...all of which are side effects of Abraxane. Time will tell.
I did discover that I do have a side effect now from Aromasin...it causes me to have insomnia...I can't fall asleep until usually about 3:00 and I wake up at 8:30...not exactly the healthiest of situations....But I'll figure out some way to get around this....
So...until then, if you see a sleepy eyed person, who is listing down the street at 3 am wearing a bandana on her head and an eye-patch for effect, don't worry. It's just Peglegged Petunia, the pirate queen. Give me a lemonade and I won't make you walk the plank. ;)