How much clinical work does the prof do? Professor is a posh title but basically means you're an academic, so possibly not the best placed to make clinical decisions, depending on what he actually does day to day - some are very academic, research based, and some much more clinical. (I'm sure you know that, but it's worth bearing in mind if you're in a situation where he seems to be suggesting something different from the oncologist). The heart stuff sounds scary, and just another level of uncertainty in the whole thing. Is it an echo you want to have? I hope you get some clarity from your meetings and feel comfortable with the decision you make - is your husband able to go with you to help you remember everything that's been said?
Caro - I think a good question is something along the lines of 'if I was your daughter/sister/wife (delete as age appropriate!), what would you advise me to do'. Obviously after you've asked any questions you've got about what the treatment involves, what the statistics suggest is best etc. Because at the end of the day, there isn't a 'right' answer, and no one can give you the assurances I'm sure you would so desperately love to hear, so the best that you and they can do, is make the decision that's as right as possible for you, and that means making sure they're seeing you as a real person sitting in front of them and not as a statistic from a research trial.
I hope that makes sense, and I hope the consultations go well and give you the ability to make a good choice for you. My thoughts, as always, are with you.
Caro - fingers crossed for tomorrow. Nothing you can do for your neuts! Although given that they've dropped low you should be very careful after subsequent chemos about seeing people who are unwell, as you really want to avoid infections when you haven't got an immune system to fight them! You also need to be really careful about looking after yourself, eating well and making sure you're not getting too tired (or overdoing the exercise!), as if you do get neutropenic sepsis you really want the rest of you to be as tip-top as possible, with the best reserves you can have in order to get through it. Thinking of you, and hoping it all goes ok, x
I run in 0mm drop shoes now. Merrell road shoes with 4mm of cushioning, and vivobarefoot trail shoes (can't remember how much cushioning!). I don't run the kind of distances some of you do, though - 9 miles max in either pair so far - and I think if I start doing longer distances on roads I would consider something with a bit more cushioning - if that exists! I also wear merrell minimalist shoes for work, and xero shoes sandals all summer, and I love them all!
Kinsey - you could look up 'pulled elbow' and see if it fits what's happening. I agree, I don't think the Gp will be able to help unless he's not actually using it at the time - otherwise there won't be anything to find!