Tuesday, September 04, 2012
These are the 100lbs of fruit we bottled last Saturday. A couple of geogal friends came over to help and we made a party of it.
Back from my 50 min walk/run. What a gorgeous morning to get out there in the forest and stretch some muscles, breath deep, get up a sweat, crank the rock and roll and suck up the gorgeousness of the day.
However, as soon as I returned home there was a phone call for me. Some medical assistant saying I had an appointment with a Dr. W, a cardiologist, next Thursday. WTSupernovas??
Catching you all up... About 10 days ago I went for a "stress test" which my SportsDr ordered after I complained it took me awhile to feel normal after an hour long Zumba class in which I worked my butt off and which I assumed sent my endorphins through the roof. "Let's do a stress test" he said, "just to be sure" and then we both forgot about it until a couple of months later when he said... "oh ya, we should do that stress test." So, it was done about 10 days ago and, according to the technician administering the test, everything looked just fine and I was 2% above average fitness for my age, even at 15lbs overweight. So, I'm thinking no worries.
Well, now I get to worry. Results were also sent to my GP and he did the referral to the cardiologist, who called me today. I'm going to see the SportsDr next Monday so will see what he says too. Sheesh. As if I needed something else, besides veggies and fruit and my partner's cancer, on my plate.
Right now I'm going to sit down and drink some Organic Sweet Ginger Heat, a tea from David's Tea. Yum.
There is so much to tell you all ... just not enough time to get to it today. I hope your day rocks. Hugs to all my SP friends and neighbors. ;)
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
My title is appropriate for this Sep 04, our back to school day. As usual summer holiday was far too short.
An SP update blog. Writing, always feels good. My writing always needs rewriting.
Party hardy last night. Didn't quite get to tell off the preacher, but it was close.
Today, the silly scale is back at 131lbs. Has to be muscle, right? Running (only in 20 sec intervals), walking, stationary biking for the past few days is all good. I've got in 10,000 steps in the last two days. I'm turning over a new leaf and taking off that last 15 lbs. You can't tell me it isn't going to happen. I have modern medicine on my side.
So, right now my dear SP friends, I need to get out there and take a walk. The morning is beautiful.
Hugs all round. Be back later.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
This picture was taken on Thursday at Butchart Gardens. Loosing almost 40 lbs looks good, eh? ;)
It's already the August long weekend and E has the last of 25 radiation treatments on Tuesday. Then that part is done and we await surgery in five weeks. I didn't know how I was going to get through it, but I was there for every treatment. It will be wonderful to not have to go to the Cancer Agency every day. Our deck, loaded with flowers and comfy chairs, awaits. The weather is sunny and warm and the list of things to do is almost do-able.
Like many losses in life having cancer forces one to go through the grief stages. Today, I'm a little closer to acceptance but easily slip back into anger given a half chance. We just have to move forward each day. I can't let it get to me. I've had some chest pain and some nausea this past week. I'm pretty sure it's stress related. I see my dr in a couple of weeks.
Weight wise... I've dropped a half pound and saw 128 for the first time today. That would be an over all loss of 2 lbs since May, but those 2 pounds have been lost quite a few times. We have been eating out a lot lately. It's a strategy to save time and energy. I try to choose salads but then I'll have two glasses of wine and a dessert. Sheesh. The important thing is that I'm not putting on weight. I even got a couple of work-outs in this past week and plan on another one today. Now, without the daily trip to town, I'm planning on getting out of the restaurants and back into the kitchen.
Note for today:
If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.
I hope all my spark friends are having a good weekend. Hugs all around and thanks for sharing.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
It's about time... on my partner's battle with fibrosarcoma, some good news ... according to the CT scan done this week the cancer has not spread to her lungs. We are once again breathing, and even smiling. We've learned that after radiation and surgery, the odds of E being dead from the disease are 8%, with an 8% +/- error within 12 years. It's not perfect, but we are moving forward with the odds on our side. E has completed 9/25 radiation treatments and so far there are no surprises and little discomfort. A mix of Glaxo base and aloe vera gel seems to be reducing the heat and keeping the skin moist. The side effects are expected to get worse but it shouldn't be anything we can't handle.
It's been 2.5 months of shock and awe but we now feel more positive that we can beat this thing. We are strong and beautiful and smart. In another 5 months our lives should return to something more normal and, except for followups, this life changing experience will be mostly done, sort of.
We have been savoring little victories and moments of laughter.
I love to cook healthy food. For me, chopping vegetables is very relaxing and so very productive. I use all kinds of curry-like spices in a stir-fry, including turmeric, yet I've never actually looked at what else turmeric can be used for. Well last week I read the label and tried it with eggs. Mmm, mmm, yummy. A new taste sensation. Try it. Put a 1/2 teaspoon in your scrambled eggs or mix it with mushrooms you cook for an omelet. Turmeric is one of those cancer fighting foods you've heard about. We are very skeptical when it comes to miracle food claims and never skeptical about good taste. We laughed at ourselves, and life, when we learned... "What doesn't kill you, makes you a better cook."
One more tad of life to share... E's thigh is starting to show signs of radiation stress; some redness and some heat, so we shared this bit of news with the RT team, as per protocol. They were helpful and gave us the recipe for a saline solution, and, as we were leaving for the day, we started discussing the likelihood of chaffing on the thigh and how we were going to cope with that side effect. I mentioned something about skirts and E said "Getting her into a skirt would really be a life changing event!" Maybe that doesn't sound so hilarious right now, but at the time, and if you know E, the comment just cracked us up. It was the lightest of moments of all our daily journeys to the cancer center.
Other than that ... I'm hardly getting 10,000 steps in, hardly 5,000. I was struggling with momentum before May and now it seems I've given in to entropy. I'm still watching calories and that's a good thing so my weight is stable at 130. But there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to workout. I know I need to re-prioritize and ditch the last 15 pounds, but at the moment it's not happening.
Dear SP friends, thank you for your well wishes and connections and for your sharing. I totally appreciate the thoughts and words. BTW, I've uploaded a few new pictures to my photo gallery.
Hugs all round and never give up.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Defeat is not an option and the odds are still on our side. I've got a Victory Room in the making: white boards, cork boards, file folders, calendars, electronic journals, wish lists, must do lists, meal planner, etc. Last week was a myriad of phone calls to dr offices, support people, forms, and the ubiquitous 150 final report cards.
Next week ... the radiation simulation, meeting with support people, my 4th mri guided cortisone shot into my shoulder, and finishing the school's yearbook.
Then we are on vacation. I'm glad I can take care of details while E finishes school she doesn't need all these hassles at the moment.
So ... victory room enabled ... positive energy rays activated ... we are going to be the best we can be.
I completed the best ever results on my stationary bike today: 30 minute program #3, 12kms, 207 cals burned. Yehaww!
I also updated my Virtual Walk Across Canada and today is the day I cross into Saskatchewan from Alberta. The last few weeks have been trying but I know how to do this, the diet activity thing, so there are no excuses.
hugs all round.
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