Hi again, everyone: it's been a while since I last posted. My younger sister (45) lives in London and was diagnosed a year ago, had a lumpectomy and radiation and is currently on Tamoxifen. Her latest mammogram two weeks ago was clear, which is great news!
However, she was rushed to hospital in London today with cellulitis in her breast and was admitted for IV treatment. Boy, is she stubborn: she fainted while visiting someone else in the hospital and had to be rushed downstairs to the ER! They wanted to admit her there and then, but she refused, so they gave her oral antitibiotics,drew a line around the infected area and told her to come back if it got any bigger. It did, so later in the day she admitted defeat.
Her boyfriend is convinced that work-related stress and overdoing things is the cause. I agree up to a point, but she also smokes 40 cigarettes a day. I mentioned the smoking before on this forum and got some extremely blunt comments (all of which I agree with) but apparently her doctors haven't told her to give up, although they did tell her to cut back on drinking, which she did. I told her boyfriend that smoking inhibits healing, but I don't think she will listen to anyone unless it comes from the doctor and maybe not even then...for all I know, the doctors have told her to give up but she hasn't admitted it.
Is it likely that stress can exacerbate an underlying infection? It seems to have been brewing for ages, coming and going, and she has been on and off antibiotics. Her breast specialist is coming in to see her this evening.
What, if anything, can I say to her without sounding like a nagging do-gooder?? She absolutely hates being "preached" at. Her boyfriend is at his wits' end and wants her to give up her job as he thinks that's the cause of all her problems. She won't let anyone look after her. Help, please!!!