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Update

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Oncologist
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!!

Thyroid/Weight

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.


  
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DS9KIE 5/23/2014 8:22AM

    I'm glad your figuring out everything. emoticon

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GAILANN48 5/22/2014 4:49PM

    Thank you for the update. Somehow you always manage to convey hope and progress, no matter what you've been facing, or what has happened. I really admire that - and will pray for your continued progress.

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SNOWYOGA 5/22/2014 4:24PM

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JEANNETTE59 5/22/2014 2:23PM

  So glad you have a doctor that listens and was able to get to the source of the problem. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 5/22/2014 1:03PM

    It is good to hear about what is going on with you.

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JUSTYNA7 5/22/2014 9:53AM

    It's so frustrating/scary/baffling to be doing everything right and still see the weight packing on. Same with not being able to take it off. Thank goodness this is a problem that is resolving. Two steps back and another step forward.... you wil get there! You have so many healthy habits now and more confidence in yourself. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/22/2014 8:33AM

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RASPBERRY56 5/22/2014 5:13AM

    Here's to continued good news, healthwise!

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2014TODAY 5/22/2014 3:27AM

    Glad to see you post!
That's wonderful that you can go to fewer appointments.

I can imagine that the weight gain must have been so frustrating and stressfull.
I very much admire you for being able to continue with your journey. Such strength and determination.

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MARILYNROBERT 5/22/2014 1:55AM

    Sound like things are now going in a better direction for you since the weight gain stopped and you figured some things out. emoticon

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MCFITZ2 5/21/2014 11:57PM

    Happy things are getting better. emoticon

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The Theory of Relativity Speaking

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!!

  
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CRAFTSFAN1 10/8/2013 9:03PM

    BRAVELUTE, please let us informed how are you doing. I am very glad that you are home now. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DS9KIE 10/5/2013 7:38AM

    hope everything is going well, bet your glad to be home.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/3/2013 9:11PM

    emoticon Reaching your goal feels so good. Hope the rest of you follows

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SNOWYOGA 10/3/2013 9:09PM

    emoticon I'm glad your home emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/3/2013 9:08PM

    You did wonderful getting as many steps as you did! I hope your recovery goes smoothly.

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JEANNETTE59 10/3/2013 11:24AM

  So glad you're home! You're right about all things being relative and your upbeat perspective makes you a winner everyday. Sending you lots of emoticon and emoticon

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KIWIANN 10/3/2013 10:03AM

    You are right about your Tuesday workout being impressive!! (And I was impressed to see your Glow Getter award that day!!) Wishing you a speedy recovery!! emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 10/3/2013 9:54AM

    wishing you a quick and east recovery from your hospital stay............

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CHRISTASP 10/3/2013 3:11AM

    How are you doing now? What happened? I hope you're all right.
Good for you for exercising in the hospital!

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MICKEYH 10/2/2013 11:48PM

    Glad to know you are home now. Get well soon. emoticon

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POPSY190 10/2/2013 11:40PM

    I like the title of this. Good to hear you are now home after your shining example to us all of how to exercise in hospital! I think the thing at home is to keep moving when you can but to be extra vigilant to not overdo it.

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MATTEROFHEART 10/2/2013 11:40PM

    I didn't even know you were in the hospital! Are you ok?

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Water Water Everywhere, but not a drop to drink

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.

Happy Autumn

  
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DS9KIE 9/23/2013 11:21PM

    yikes I hate leaks...I always cringe when its pouring down rain...

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GEORGE815 9/23/2013 5:46PM

    Hope your Mom deal works out for the best.

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GEORGE815 9/23/2013 5:46PM

    Hope your Mom deal works out for the best.

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JUSTYNA7 9/23/2013 9:58AM

    What a mess! We have had more rain this summer than I ever remember and had to put up evestrough because the basement seems to have a leak somewhere. I got an estimate of thousands of dollars to try and find the leak from outside with no guarentees so instead we are trying to divert water until we come up with a better plan. I am feeling quite frustrated with water myself! This too will pass.

Have to think positive though. I have a harp lesson this afternoon and feel good about the basics we reviewed last week. Harp convention (Northern Lights) next weekend and though I'm not signed up for classes I'm going to the Saturday night concert. It should be amazing and only $20 a ticket. I do love fall. Here in the Ottawa area we get spectacular fall folliage. Last night I had the window open while I slept... perfect cold nose and warm coverings combination. I have a fridge full of healthy foods and MY pool is warm today. I am grateful. Life is not perfect. There are.... things I could worry about, but today I choose to work on my to do list and step forward in my plan to get healthy. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 9/22/2013 8:43PM

    Sorry to hear about the leak. I hop you get a chance to go to NC!

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SNOWYOGA 9/22/2013 6:09PM

    I am really sorry and you are really busy I will be thinking about you and prayers that everything gets back on
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ANGEL1066 9/22/2013 5:13PM

    Hope you do get to go to .n.c, both of you. Next time, withold payment until job, has been proved by rain! Hope that works out well, too.

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CRAFTSFAN1 9/22/2013 4:33PM

    I hope that everything turns up right. I am sorry to hear that you were in such of trouble with the leaking porch.
My best wishes for your mother recuperation.
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JEANNETTE59 9/22/2013 3:03PM

  So emoticon time for an upswing. emoticon for both you and your mom.

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L*I*T*A* 9/22/2013 12:31PM

    call the better business bureau....
hope it all works out........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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MUDDER91 9/22/2013 12:00PM

    It was good to hear from you! Sorry about your problems. I'm glad you are still making some good decisions for your own health!
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GAILANN48 9/22/2013 5:32AM

    Oh, my goodness, what a string of disappointing and frustrating things! Well, except for the freezer knowledge and the Florida pool temps. :)

It's so good of you to be there for your mother - we don't always get to directly repay the folks to whom we owe debts of kindness and care.

Here's hoping brighter days follow for you this week!

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CHRISTASP 9/22/2013 3:38AM

    Good wishes for your mother.
That's an achievement that you continued with your plan / program!
Don't you wish the contracter had the same persistance?!


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PATRICIAAK 9/22/2013 1:38AM

    how frustrating. I'd call the better business bureau.

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SUNSHINE99999 9/21/2013 11:17PM

  Happier trails ahead for you. emoticon

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EMMACORY 9/21/2013 10:57PM

    Maybe you could report your contractor to the Small business bureau. He should make it right! Hang in there.... emoticon

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Bravelutes Singing with Robert Fulghum

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.
Robert Fulghum

  
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    Hopefully I can appreciate "good" wonder.

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LESLIELENORE 8/31/2013 3:13PM

    Absolutely!

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PATRICIAAK 8/30/2013 11:10PM

    good advice

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Bravelute's Singin'

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.

Kris Kristofferson

  
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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/30/2013 6:36PM

    Amen!

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GEORGE815 8/30/2013 4:54PM

    Kris was honored as a vet of the year. What a portfolio!

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STEVIEBEE569 8/30/2013 12:23AM

    Absolutely

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KIWIANN 8/29/2013 9:16AM

    Let's do it all!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 8/29/2013 3:57AM

    All are important but not as important as loving God.

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CHRISTASP 8/29/2013 3:23AM

    I think he could add 'eat with gusto'.

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