Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Usually when I'm doing the happy dance it is because I have lost weight, and I haven't had much to celebrate along those lines lately.
But, to put a perspective on things, hubby came home from the hospital yesterday following surgery for esophageal cancer. He did so well that he was discharged early, but the best news is that the pathology report was absolutely clean: lymph nodes were clear and the tumor was completely destroyed by the radiation and chemo. Praise God!
Thanks to all of you who prayed for him and encouraged me during this difficult time.
We still have a journey ahead of us. He is on a feeding tube and we will be slowly introducing more clear liquids, then other liquids, then soft foods, then regular foods over the next few weeks and months.
As for my weight, it could be worse. I have gained almost 20 lbs since he was first diagnosed in the spring, but have been holding steady for the last couple of months. While he was on a soft food diet and we were struggling to keep his weight up during treatment, I had milkshakes and other fattening foods right along side him. The other part of it was that I have always comforted myself with food in times of stress.
So, today I'm back to tracking my food and keeping in touch with my awesome Spark support group.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Yesterday I partly tracked food - spent most of the day on the run and didn't follow through with what I started. But at least I tried. And I upped the water to 6 cups which definitely helped me feel better and sleep without cramps.
Another busy day ahead trying to get as much work done on the cottage as possible before leaving on our trip tomorrow morning. Sooooo looking forward to it, but watching the storm tracker. Looks we will head north before Karen reaches us.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Not doing a lot better, but trying.
We've been busy, busy, busy, and I comfort myself that some of the exercise I'm getting doing hard work (construction, etc.) helps compensate for my poor eating habits. Not really.
Plan for the day:
Breakfast: Yogurt and apple
Lunch: Soup and sandwich
Dinner: Pot roast and salad
Snacks: Banana and grapes
I've noticed that since I haven't been tracking food and water I have not been drinking as I should. Definitely changing that today if nothing else!
We're heading out of town for a few days - hubby has an appointment at UAB on Monday so we are going up a day early to visit with grandkids and then we'll head to Desoto state park to spend a couple of days in a log cabin. Looking forward to some quiet time.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Please, all my friends, line up and give me a series of swift kicks to the rear end (which is getting bigger by the day). I'm trying to get out of the doldrums and not having much success.
I'm sick of this waiting game. Hubby did quite well with chemo. His follow-up endoscopic ultrasound revealed that his tumor had shrunk from 6 cm to 3 cm and was downgraded from T4 N1 to T3 N0 (no lymph nodes involved). Then we had to wait to get an appointment with his gastroenterologist who in turn referred him to a thoracic surgeon. So now we are waiting for that appointment. And once he has the consult I guess we will be waiting for a surgery schedule. sigh
I tell myself that, as hard as the waiting is for me, it has to be much harder for Hubby. In the meantime, he has gained two pounds and I have gained at least ten .
On top of that I have foot problems again (heel spurs) and walking is painful.
Whine, whine, whine.
Who's first in line?
Friday, August 23, 2013
I'm getting my house in order! Because it has gotten to be a real mess!
Hubby is 5 weeks past his last chemo and is doing quite well. He is eating most things now - hasn't tried a steak, but does fish, chicken, meatloaf, etc. with little difficulty. We're waiting for a call from UAB to schedule another endoscopic ultrasound and discuss surgery. I think it will be sometime mid-September, but that's just a guess.
He felt well enough to make the 17 hour trip to his mom and dad's place in Texas (I did all the driving this trip). We brought back some antiques and other things that his parents left to him in their wills. To fit them into our house we had to move everything, which simply brought attention to the mess. So, I finished the bedroom yesterday, and today I'm working on the living room and dealing with lots of insurance paperwork and other things I've let slide. Next week I'll tackle the upstairs. We brought back a pretty oak bedroom set that his father built, so it is going in a guest bedroom.
Hubby is down to 139 lbs and I'm up to 180 (gained 8 lbs eating mashed potatoes and ice cream with him). Maybe we can meet in the middle some day soon. lol
Tomorrow is his birthday, so we're going to a local restaurant that specializes in fried fish (the easiest thing for him to eat) and a couple of friends are joining us. I've really missed eating out!
Get An Email Alert Each Time CHINAGAL Posts