Wednesday, March 30, 2011
It's a new day and a very good one. I finished my radiation treatments March 21st and although I still sleep a lot and the tiredness hits me in a snap, I AM getting my strength back so that I am stretching and walking for 20 minutes each day and I plan to do at least 5 minutes more daily by next week! To some of you who run, work out at the gym, etc. an hour or more, most likely think 20 to 25 minutes a day isn't that big a deal. To me it is a very big deal! When I started doing this seriously, I was in my power chair at least 5 days a week or more. During my treatments between Jan.19 and March 21, I only had to use it ONE day!! I used my walker nearly every day, once I used my cane, and once I did it with no help at all!!
So losing nearly 50 lbs has really helped me. I have worked on logging my food and exercise daily and have it down fairly well. I have been working on portion sizes, but still find it difficult to eat enough food to meet my calorie count. Lately though, I do most days. I use 1200 - 1700 daily count. I am working to get my potassium, calcium, and fiber counts up. And I'm feeling really good about it.
The picture is my "graduation" from radiation treatments.
When I was diagnosed, I was afraid my steady weight loss was because of the cancer being in me. However I have continued on my journey losing a lb week. Whenever I have had problems with the cardio, I have a plateau week, but I have not gained. Someday that will most likely happen, but not today or this week!!
When I was a freshman in high school, we had to have a health class. At that time I learned how much all areas of body are connected and with bad habits - eating, exercising, sleep, and mental attitude- it would not function as it should. I won't say how long ago that was, but you can trust me - it was over 40 yrs ago! This is exactly what Spark People is teaching. The difference? Well let me count the ways.
1) The site and emails can be visited as many times a day as one wishes to do so. It is not limited to 50 minutes a day, five days a week, for 6 weeks in 4 years!!
2) There is a lot more info here than in the classroom. With time constraints, it would be impossible for a teacher to do so.
3) There was never any "healthy" recipes available, even in cooking classes. I remember being in Home Ec classes for 1/2 a year in both 7th and 8th grade and almost every recipe started "Make a white sauce",,,,,,,
4) There is much more understanding and maturity in adult years than being 13 yoa!! (Or at least I hope there is)!
5) The support and encouragement from the SP's on the site is phenomenal. It is outstanding and I have met so many lovely, sincere, honest people since I started to participate full time. Taking advantage of the spark points page, joining teams and visiting and keeping up with them at least once a week helps, too.
Yes this is a new day, renewed commitment, new friends and just lovely!!
Thursday, February 03, 2011
OK, all the staff at our local hospital HAVE to know how awful a stick I am. To remind: For my first surgery, I had seven sticks from tries to get blood and insert IV. Finally, the anesthesiologist got the blood - from my groin and got the IV inserted - in my big toe joint where it connects to the foot! Because of this, my surgeon put in a port as he knew I would have to have a draw once a week with radiation. Plus would I had to have IV chemo, the port would be in place.
Yesterday was my second stick, but the first from the port. I had no idea what to expect, but it stung but not in anyway as hurtful as rolling, collapsing, or blowing my veins. For that I am truly thankful. The nurse who did the draw will be doing it every week and when I finish my treatments, I will be back to see her every six weeks! She is the chemo oncologist's nurse and her name is Leslie and I greatly appreciate her.
The entire staff who works me is wonderful! They are all professional with their work and make you feel supported and safe. I'm so blessed to have them. The radiation oncologist's nurse (Rockie) oversees my treatments. The techs are Dom and Candace. We also have a student from a nursing program at one of the nearby colleges coming in three days a week. She is Tasha and has really done well with her training because she is now able to do some of the work on her own and it is always spot on.
I'll be finishing my 7th treatment tomorrow. I am still not sleeping well. And today we were gone for nearly 10 hours! To say I am tired is an understatement.
As far as exercise goes, I can still walk in place fairly well, so I stretch and walk for that part of my program.
The food is the most difficult to meet. I must eat until I'm ready to burst to even meet 2-3 goals daily. I seem to tolerate salads fine, I also do dairy well. The rest is questionable. Today I had 10 servings of fruits and veggies and just barely made my protein and calories, but did not make fat nor carbs. I was also low for potassium, but better than most days. I actually went over with cholesterol for the first time going over for anything. Thankfully my cholesterol reading is great at 176 with the largest % from the good. I'm plugging along one day at a time and I feel so much better since I have received so much SP support from all my friends.
Sorry guys, but this is all I can do today. See everyone tomorrow.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
I have been on chemo now for two weeks. I've also have had two radiation treatments. The nasty side effects have started to a small degree already. There is a little hair loss, tiredness, nauseous, dizzy - especially when I am laid back, looking up, or close my eyes, and loss of appetite.
All of this starting so soon makes me wonder how I'll be able to keep with my program. Will I be able to eat healthier foods OK? Will I be able to get in even walking in place exercise? Some days I have to complete this with my walker "Pinkie" now - how ever will I manage. Will be alert enough to post in my teams or even be able to huddle?
My SP friends have all been so supportive and will have my six as they say in the military. Even writing that encourages me! I have learned so much here about being healthy. I don't want to get behind three months ever again.
But, I have to wonder, even if it is out of my control. I DO know and do not have to wonder about is, that I'll do whatever is necessary to save my life!
Thank you SparkPeople for having the such wonder members who have become friends.
I love the quote in my signature line:
Even when life is at its darkest, you are never on the backside of nowhere. The bright side is always there, waiting for you to step back into it and experience your victory.
© 2002 Terri McPherson
It reminds me so much of how much we are connected to the universe. The moon moves to it's dark side and then turns to shine brightly on the the light side. And I wonder how there can be those who doubt.
I go back to radiation tomorrow and I am going to enjoy my day off!!!
Monday, December 06, 2010
One thing that is really bothering me is I am afraid my weight loss isn't because of my hard work, but because the cancer was in me. As can be seen, I am not having a good day. I have tried to stay positive, but it doesn't seem to working today.
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