Friday, October 16, 2009
On Sunday I drove 5 hours to get home. Hubby was in the other vehicle. We had luggage and storage boxes full of things we used during the month we were living in our trailer. Whew! It seemed like a lot of things to put away, well it was a lot because we had summer and fall/winter clothes. I decided to ignore as much of it as I could and wait till I needed something or had more energy to chip away at it.
Yesterday I had a medical appointment as part of my annual medical. My blood pressure, etc. is good and I am very healthy. The doctor suggested a change to my asthma inhalers, but my asthma is so well managed I haven’t used an inhaler for 6 months. The doctor and I each signed off on a my wellness plan. I will use the new inhalers before I go to the gym, get back to daily exercise in a few weeks and I will work on weight loss.
Today I have been on the run. This morning I attended a 3 hour meeting for my volunteer work, went out for a bowl of soup, to the flu clinic for my shot, did some banking, bought groceries, picked Alan up from work, drove him to his doctor appointment, came home made dinner, unpacked more and cleaned in anticipation of weekend guests - now it’s the end of the day and time to relax for a few minutes before bedtime.
On Sept. 9th I read “Compounds in red wine may help reduce the risk of radiation-induced skin reactions in breast cancer patients”. So prior to the start of treatment, from that day on I had a daily glass of wine. Last Thursday my last day of radiation treatment I was told to stop wearing my bra for a couple of weeks as my skin would get progressively more tender. Well today it’s back on and it seems like my skin is doing very well. I will continue to have the daily glass of wine for another week or so. I am amazed!
I am happy to say I am back on plan with my diet. My energy level is very good and I should get my butt back to the gym. I am down 6 pounds from Monday morning, so surely had some water retention from the long drive. My doctor’s scale and my home scale were in agreement so I am pleased to know I can trust my scale.
I am listening to Dr. Oz’s Wed. TV show. He was talking with an overweight woman and said:
When you crave salt you are dehydrated – have a drink of water and a dill pickle
Eat a small tasty thing to get through 10 minutes of the urge to snack
I am doing well tonight, no urge to snack after dinner. Day one of my streak!
We made the last month a fun camping holiday while I got treatment and my husband worked in his company office there. We enjoyed trying new restaurants, meeting new people in the campground, visiting with family, shopping, etc. But through it all, I really looked forward to stay in touch with my Spark friends, it made me feel 'at home'.
You gave me comfort and support while I was away from home, dealing with unknowns and loneliness. You have made a difference in my life! Thank you so much for your support and friendshhip.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Our time in Edmonton is over. My radiation treatment is completed and we are headed home in the morning. We will be having Thanksgiving dinner with our friends. I am thankful for the good medical care I've had and now time to rest and heal.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
It`s been so nice to be in the middle of a park and watch the seasons change from summer to autumn. We have the campground almost all to ourselves. There is a thick carpet of yellow leaves and squirrels are busy caching their food. We had frost last night - the petunias survived but the geraniums are done. I am enjoying the trailer lifestyle. Another week and then we will park the trailer for the winter and head home.
My last treatment will be Friday Oct. 9th - YAY!! The treatments are much easier than I expected. I still have a good level of energy and happily head off to treatments in the morning. Now I am now 76% likely to not get a recurrence of this cancer, whizzing my way to 97%
Bye for now, heading back to the campsite
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I am doing the 5K training again. I go out at 8 AM while the trail is still shaded and my energy level is high. Our YMCA membership is renewed for another year and I will go back to the gym when I am back home. My diet is not so good, but maybe a little guilt is good and that is why I am running ; )
We are leaving the hotel and going to Edmonton and our campsite (no WiFi). Thanks for you comments on my blog. I really appreciate hearing from you and wish I had more computer time to visit your page. Have a great week!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I haven't blogged for awhile - no computer connection. The hot spot at the campsite is gone and I don't know if they will fix it. We are away for the weekend in High River to attend a 50th wedding anniversary. What fun! Their tip for success, 50 years and never had a fight. I think from all the pictures, they are always smiling and happy to be together.
I am doing well, no adverse effects yet. My appointments are at various times each day. I think that was done to accomodate me, so I could start and finish my radiation treatments sooner, and be back home before it gets too cold. Thursday I had a physio therapy, so I keep all the mobility in my shoulder.
After the first radiation treatment, I decided to make peace with my feelings about having the treatments. It is now my relaxation time and I look forward to going and seeing the wonderful people who are so helpful and kind. The other day I was listening to an audio book while I was wearing my hospital gown and sitting in the waiting room waiting to be called in. I am almost fell asleep. During the treatments I listen to piano music on my iPod and yesterday during the treatment I almost fell asleep. I will consider it a real success when I start snoring while I am getting a treatment!
When I started treatment I had a 40% chance this BC won't recur and I am 8/16 through the treatments and a 68% chance it won't recur. By the time I finish the treatments I will be at 97%!
We are really enjoying our camping lifestyle. With Alan being just a short drive from the office, we are sleeping later, drinking coffee, reading the paper and eating together in the morning. At home he gets up alone as he is on auto pilot - gets ready for work, catches the bus to the mine, then naps on his way to work. This is so nice to share time together in the morning.
Thursday I made dinner in the slow cooker outside (chicken mushroom soup casserole). When Alan got home we sat outside and played cards, had dinner and walked. We are sleeping very well every night too. It was a heat record for Edmonton, 33C which is 92.3F! I brought a couple of my favorite potted plants along and the look gorgeous, in fact I fertilized them yesterday as they are still getting more blooms.
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