Wednesday, May 21, 2014
1. We're not doing my 6 mo. PET scan, partly because my counts are so good, but also because Medicare only allows 3 during your lifetime. Since I just joined the Medicare ranks in November, we're reserving future PET scans for when we somehow think the cancer might have returned a 3rd time.
2. I'm switching from monthly to bimonthly appointments (every 2 months??) to check for blood markers and flush my port.
3. Mom is going to administer the B12 shot monthly so I can skip every other month to the oncologist. WooHoo!!
I have gained 29 pounds since Thanksgiving. Not exactly a plateau, but it felt like an express elevator to the mountaintop, and I couldn't find the right button to push to make it go back down to ground floor.
It was every discouraging. But when I went for my 6 month check up in March, I had my SP weight, fitness, and nutrition tracker reports with me. Luckily my doctor had my bloodwork report. In 6 months, T4 (thyroid marker) had zoomed up from 1.4 to 10.75. Normal range is 1 - 4.
I had switched pharmacies in November when I started Medicare. My doctor thought I had received generic medication from an iffy batch of meds. Evidently it's common enough, but I certainly wish it hadn't happened to me.
The great news is that I've been on actual Sinthroid (NOT generic) for 6 weeks. After a month my T4 was down to 2.9. And now, after 6 weeks, I'm finally seeing my weight start to go back down. 192 on Friday, 188 on Sunday, and 186 today. And again, I've not done anything differently with my diet, sleep, or fitness. Well, maybe a little since it IS warmer and I can stay in the pool a little longer. Made it for 45 minutes tonight with water temp of 84.
Since last November, I felt I was climbing up a vertical wall, scared I'd never get down to that lovely valley again. When this weird weight gain began I weighed 163, and my doctor said at my Sept. appointment that he thought 155 was a reasonable goal. (I'll be happy to get back down to 163.)
I don't know how many things are out there that can sabotage all of our best efforts to eat in a healthy way, and also to get up and move, but I'm very glad my doctor discovered what was going on with me!! Don't give up. Keep records of that you eat and how much you move, and chart your weight. Discuss your plan with your physician if you don't think things are going like you expected. Ask questions. Expect help.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Sunday, 217 minutes of walking, 21, 136 steps, 9.6
Tuesday, 45 minutes of walking, 2, 124 steps, .9 miles
You might be ready to WOO the HOO for my Sunday workout. Personally, I say Tuesday's workout was priceless.
Why? It was done in 3 sessions in the hospital. All pushing an IV pole. The nurses were impressed with the tracker and the way all the lights lit up when I reached my 2000 step goal. They all wanted one. If I could afford it, I'd get them all one. The nurses were wonderful but not so wonderful that they would have wanted to watch me pace the 6000 steps that had been my goal pre-hospital. All of us were happy I had scaled back my step goal for the time in the hospital.
I'm not sure how much fitness I'll be able to do now that I'm back home, but I plan to keep moving and if I can increase it, woohoo. If not, then I know I'm managing to do what I can. I'm not setting my sights on Sunday's record performance, but 3000 steps tomorrow is doable, and a healthy goal.
So workouts are relative, relatively speaking.
PS: My yellow hospital socks were filthy after the walking workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday! They should have put me on the payroll for mopping the floor.
PPS: Yes, I'm much better now. I'll be very glad to juice my own clear liquids and have a more scenic walk at HOME!!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Well, not really. I'm drinking my 8 glasses and more every day. So you'd think there wouldn't be any extra lying around my house, BUT THERE IS!. My porch leaks, leaks, leaks. Seeps in under the walls and creates a stinky pond. Tore up the carpet and that left a mess of old glue. Stinky. Unsightly. Decided to do something about it. Contractors for 2 weeks. Everything torn up and moved and discombobulated for 2 weeks. Then yesterday the FIXING OF THE LEAK was done, at least until 7:00 p.m. when it rained. Actually there was no leak until the next morning when there was a small pond. No big pond.
But my contractor wouldn't come look at it. He had been paid, and had to go do some estimates on new jobs. And I have a leak. Can't paint the floor because it is wet. Everything is still discombobulated.
Mom was to see a bone/muscle doc Friday, but he was going to play golf because his arms work right. We've rescheduled that for Tuesday. I have had a chance to try to repay a small bit of her caregiving when I was so sick.
But I have neglected my time on Spark People. I guess I could say circumstances have weaned me from spending so much time here, but they have not taken me away from my plan, my program. In fact I'm surprised at the choices I'm making.
It's getting cooler in the evening, and while the thyroid meds appear to be at a good level in the bloodwork, the pool seems to cool me down to the bone in the evening. I need to have them turn on the sauna so I can get warm after my workout.
One good thing came of the discombobulation--I had to move my freezer twice, emptying it and refilling it both times. So I am very aware of the available frozen bags of fruit and containers of frozen soups. Think I'll start having a cup of hot soup after the evening pool session. Get in the cooked veggies and Anti-angiogenic foods, AND warm up at the same time!!
I guess I'm glad I can't go to NC right now since I have to chauffeur Mom.
I've heard the pool near my house there is down to 72 degrees. The FL pool is still running at 88, even though the air is cooler.
Perhaps if we find out Tuesday that she doesn't need surgery, we'll both drive up there for a short while and see the leaves.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. 'Cause that's all that matters in the end.
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