ONE WEEK WITH ME

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Hai sa vedem cum arata o saptamana de-a mea intre serviciu, o calatorie la mare si seri cu prietenii. Cateva amanunte despre mine:

  • Cu ce ma ocup: Information Developer (sau mai bine zis Technical Writer). Am fost jurnalist sportiv pentru multi ani dar am decis sa ma indrept spre o cariera mai putin solicitanta acum patru ani.
  • Unde traiesc: Bucuresti, Romania
  • Varsta: 33
Spend a week in my company, with my time split between my job, a trip to the seaside and friends. Some details about me:

  • Occupation: Information Developer (a fancy name for Technical Writer). I was a sports journalist for many years but decided to head for a different, less demanding career about four years ago.
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Age: 33
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One week with me

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REVIEW: PAINE SI VIN

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Pentru mine mancarea este una dinte micile placeri ale vietii si intotdeauna ma bucur atunci cand gasesc in Bucuresti un loc special, care ma face sa imi doresc sa revin din nou si din nou ca sa incerc gusturi speciale. E fix ceea ce mi s-a intamplat cu Paine si Vin. Food has always been one of life’s small pleasures for me, this is why I am always happy when I discover great places in Bucharest, making me want to go back again and again for a delicious bite. Here’s my recent experience at Paine si vin.

Paine si Vin

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Happy Easter!

LA MULTI ANI, ROMANE!

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De ziua ta iti urez sa fii mai senin, mai zambitor, sa ai motive de bucurie si de mandrie. Dar mai ales, sper sa fii mai tolerant si sa nu uiti ca numai impreuna putem schimba Romania. On your national day, I hope you’ll have reasons to smile, to be happy and proud. Above all, I hope you will learn to be more tolerant and please don’t forget that only together we can change Romania.

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TOP 10: CEI MAI ENERVANTI TERMENI AUZITI PE LA BIROU

Noi, romanii, avem tendinta de a absorbi in cultura noastra diverse sarbatori, obiceiuri, manifestari de prin alte culturi mai avansate. Nu e nimic rau in asta, in acest punct ne-a adus globalizarea si nu ma deranjeaza sa asimilez anumite lucruri bune, care functioneaza si pe la altii. Insa in ultima vreme a luat o amploare ingrijoratoare preluarea unor termeni din engleza si folosirea lor peste masura la birou. Faptul ca vorbim multe limbi straine e un lucru bun pentru romani, dar as vrea macar sa vorbim corect, daca la anumite obiceiuri nu vom renunta. Mai rau e ca anumiti termeni nu sunt altceva decat traduceri care nu au sens sau nu se regasesc in limba romana.

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In loc de TRIMITE acum avem SUBMITEAZA, ceea ce mi se pare ciudat, pentu ca un simplu trimite e mai simplu de pronuntat.

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Aceasta mi se pare unul dintre cei mai ciudati termeni, pentru ca englezii il folosesc in alt context. In cazul nostru, vorbim de o decizie care “IMPACTEAZA” intreaga companie. Nu e mai usor sa spunem INFLUENTEAZA?

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THE STORY OF MY BREAST LUMP (VII)

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A doua operatie la san

As fi sperat ca dupa prima operatie la san sa ma opresc aici, din nefericire nu a fost asa. Ma bucur insa ca si a doua oara a fost vorba tot de un nodul benign. Cat am fost in spital si am vazut in jurul meu multa tristete si diagnostice infricosatoare, operatia mea a parut doar un hop mic fata de alte lucruri mai grave.

Am descoperit al doilea nodul la san la unul dintre controalele regulate. A inceput sa se formeze la 4 luni dupa prima operatie. Dupa ce m-am sfatuit cu medicul meu am decis sa il urmarim in urmatoarele 3 luni, ca sa vedem cum evolueaza. A crescut relativ repede; la urmatorul control avea deja 1 centimetru. Pe ecografie totul arata bine, o a doua operatie nu era o urgenta, asa cum s-a intampat prima data, cand diagnosticul nu era unul atat de sigur.

Am decis insa sa il operez acum, cat nu au aparut complicatii, dar si pentru ca incizia sa fie cat mai mica. A doua operatie a fost mult mai usoara (a avut loc la 9 luni de la prima), poate si pentru ca deja stiam la ce sa ma astept. Interventia si recuperarea au fost mult mai simple decat prima data, cand totul a fost intr-un stadiu mult mai avansat. Desi aspectul nodului era benign, tot am avut ceva emotii, pana in clipa in care am auzit rezultatele. Nu stiu de ce, dar creierul meu refuza sa nu proceseze si varianta scenariului negativ. Celebrul “ce se intampla daca” m-a tot urmarit.

Experienta mea nu a fost diferita, procedurile de internare, cele dinaintea operatiei si dupa au fost fix la fel. Am reactionat la fel de bine si la anestezie, am descoperit ca reusesc mare parte din ce se intampla dupa ce ma trezesc (aparent e un fenomen rar, care i-a surprins pe doctori). Pacientele cu care am interactionat au fost la fel de prietenoase si de curajoase. Va recomand ca daca vreodata ajungeti intr-un spital, indiferent din ce motiv, sa fiti cat mai prietenoase si mai vorbarete (desi uneori e ultimul lucru pe care il doriti), o vorba buna si un zambet ajuta. Atat pe cel care le ofera, cat si pe cel caruia ii sunt adresate. Timpul trece mai repede cand ai cu cine schimba o vorba.

Acum sunt bine, astept urmatoarele controale si sper sa nu ma mai confrunt vreodata cu o situatie de acest fel, desi nu se stie niciodata. Pentru fibroadenoame, pentru ca asta am avut, nu exista o explicate clara, nimeni nu stie de ce apar, desi cel mai probabil cauza pare sa fie una hormonala. O data aparute nu exista tratament, doar monitorizare si operatie, la recomandarea doctorului. Ca sa ma protejez de fibroadenoame sau de alte probleme am facut cateva schimbari in stilul de viata, dar si in alimentatie. Nu e vorba de ceva extrem, pentru ca nu sunt adepta unor schimbari bruste, dar despre asta intr-o postare viitoare. Pana atunci, va urez multa sanatate si daca mai aveti intrebari  ma gasiti mereu aici. Cel mai important lucru pe care imi doresc sa il retineti este ca un control anual la sani este extrem de important, poate fi diferenta intre viata si moarte, asa ca nu il ignorati!

My second breast surgery

I would have hoped that my first breast surgery will also be the last. It wasn’t like this. But still, I’m glad that the second time it was also a benign lump. While I was in the hospital, I saw around me all the sadness and scary diagnostics, and I can say my surgery was just a small challenge.

I discovered the second lump during one of the routine check-ups. It started to form only 4 months after my first surgery. After I talked to my doctor, we decided the best thing was to do a follow-up after 3 months and see how it evolves. It grew relatively fast; at my next checkup, it already was 1 cm in size. It had a benign aspect, surgery was not an emergency, like the first time, when the diagnose was not so clear.

We decided to have surgery early, to prevent any future complications, and for aesthetic reasons: a smaller incision. The second surgery was easier (9 months after the first one), maybe because I knew what to expect. The surgery and the recovery were easier than the first time when all was in a more advanced stage. Even if the lump looked benign, I was still nervous until the moment I got the results. I don’t know why, but my brain refused to stop thinking about a negative scenario. “What if” was my constant thought.

My experience was not different from the first, the hospitalization procedures and the ones after and before surgery were the same. I also reacted well again to the general anesthesia, I discovered that I can remember almost everything that happens right after I wake up (apparently it’s a rare phenomenon that surprised the doctors). The patients that I interacted with were very friendly this time and brave also. If you are ever in a hospital, no matter the reason, be as friendly and as talkative as possible (even if sometimes is the last thing you want), a nice word and a smile always help the giver and the receiver. Time passes quickly when you have someone to talk to.

Now I’m well, waiting for my next checkups, and I hope never to return there again, even if you never know what’s next. For fibroadenomas, because it’s what I had, there is no clear explanation, nobody knows why they shop up, but most probably, it’s a hormonal imbalance. Once they form, there is no treatment, other than follow ups or surgery, depending on the doctor’s advice. To try and remain fibroadenoma-free, I made some changes in my lifestyle and food. It’s not something drastic, I don’t approve of extreme changes, but I’ll write about this soon. Until then, I wish you health and if you have any questions, I’ll always be here. The most important thing that I want you to learn and remember from my story is that an annual breast exam is very important, it can mean the difference between life and death, so do not ignore it!

THE STORY OF MY BREAST LUMP (VI)

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Prima discutie dupa operatie

Dupa ce am ajuns in salon, doamna doctor mi-a mai facut o vizita; s-a asigurat ca sunt bine si a discutat cu mine pret de cateva minute. Abia atunci m-am convins definitiv ca rezultatul a fost unul bun.

Nu mi-a fost rau deloc, desi imi era o sete crunta; imediat dupa operatie nu ai voie sa bei foarte multa apa. Dupa cateva ore am putut sa mananc ceva usor si am avut voie sa beau si o cafea cu mult lapte. Asta m-a facut tare fericita.

In noaptea dupa operatie, desi ma simteam bine, am ramas in spital ca masura de precautie. Durerile au fost suportabile, nu am avut nevoie de calmante. De dormit nu prea am reusit sa dorm dar nu stiu pe nimeni care sa se fi odihnit bine intr-un spital. Patul nu era foarte comod, si asta mi-a facut viata si mai grea pentru ca ma durea spatele mai rau decat operatia. E agitatie chiar si noaptea, pacientii mai merg la baie, asistentele mai intra in salon.

Dimineata a urmat si primul pansament si momentul in care am vazut operatia pentru prima data. Arata mai bine decat ma asteptam, foarte putin inflamata si fara vanatai evidente. Pasamentul nu e deloc dueros, doar se schimba o fasa si cu o seringa se extrage limfa de la locul operatiei (daca e cazul sau daca nu exista drena, asta depinde de la caz la caz). Apoi am fost gata de plecare.

Sfaturile au fost simple, revenirea la pansamente, efort minim cateva zile, comprese cu gheata pentru evitarea inflamarii si urmarea unui tratmanent medicamentos. Firele le-am scos dupa doua saptamani, procesul nu a fost deloc dureos. Restrictii au fost minime, sa evit pentru moment baile lungi, expunerea la soare si sa nu fac sport o perioada.

M-am bucurat ca nu am avut probleme cu operatia, care s-a vindecat binisor. Acum, dupa 10 luni inca se mai observa (nici nu se poate altfel) insa nu este ceva deranjant. Consider ca e un pret mic platit pentru sanatatea mea. Din punct de vedere estetic nu aveti de ce sa va faceti giji. In functie de taietura, zona va fi amortita timp de cateva luni, dar isi va reveni cu timpul. Iar singurele restrictii pe care le am in continuare sunt legate de expunerea directa la soare. Asadar, interzis la topless 🙂

Urmeaza controale si ecografii periodice, la recomandarea doctorului. Eu am avut insa ghinion teribil; a aparut si al doilea nodul dupa cateva luni, la sanul opus, fix in acelasi loc.

First talk after surgery

After I got back to the hospital room, my doctor came back to check up on me; she made sure I’m ok and we talked for a couple of minutes. It was only then that I was convinced the test result was ok.

I didn’t feel sick at all, but I was so so thirsty; right after surgery, you’re not allowed to drink lots of water. After a few hours I was allowed to eat something light and I had a cup of coffee with milk. This made me very happy.

I stayed in the hospital the night after surgery, even if I was feeling well, as a precaution measure. The pain was bearable, I didn’t need any painkillers. I couldn’t really sleep, the bed was not very comfortable, and you can’t get a good rest in a hospital. There are people roaming around even during the night, the patients often go to the bathroom, and the nurses enter the rooms to check the patients.

In the morning my bandages were changed and I took a look at the surgery. It looked better than I was expecting, no visible inflammation and no bruising. The bandage change is not painful, the nurse will just change the bandage and the doctor will use a syringe to extract lymph from the surgery site (if it’s the case or if there’s not a surgical drain in place). I was ready to go home.

The doctor’s advice was simple, I came back for bandage changes a few times, no physical effort for a few days, local ice pack applications to avoid inflammation and a prescription for a few days. I got my stitches removed after two weeks, and it was not painful at all. There were minimal restrictions, no hot and long baths, no sun exposure and no sports for a while.

I was happy I had no major issues after the surgery, it healed pretty well. Now, after 10 months it’s barely noticeable (it will always be there) but it’s not a problem. It’s a small price I paid for my health. From the esthetic point of view, there’s nothing to worry about. Each surgery is different, but the site of the incision may be numb for a while. You’ll get the senses back soon. The only restrictions I still have are related to direct sun exposure. So no topless tanning 🙂

I also have periodic ultrasounds, depending on the doctor orders. I had bad luck; a second breast lump appeared after a few months in my other breast, in the exact same location.