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It's a beautiful day

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It's a beautiful day today and the vegetable seedlings are growing well. They were very late being planted this year with all the upheaval but are looking good.
I have been in a nice warm greenhouse with wonderful company from the cat who just laid sunning herself all morning....must be nice to be a cat. It's a good job she was asleep as a pair of starlings brought three fledglings to the lawn and were feeding them. I really enjoyed watching them.

I've potted all on into bigger pots and though they might be a bit late I don't think it will matter as we have had two frosts this week which would have set them back anyway. I'm going to put them out everyday to harden off but I think I'll keep bringing them in of an evening for a while yet.
I'm enjoying gardening again, I really missed it. It'll be nice to have my own tomatoes, marrows, salad leaves and courgettes again.

I've also stepped up the walking this last week and feel much fitter.
I have some more blood tests to contend with but they don't seem to be anything to worry about. My liver enzyme count is high again, last time they just monitored it so will probably do the same again.


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KATER328 5/27/2008 10:38AM

    I love days like that and often think the same thing... "it must be good to be a cat." :) What a hard life, right?

Glad to hear your health is looking good. Good luck with the blood tests, I'm sure everything will be fine!

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Feeling fitter

Monday, May 12, 2008

Well, where do I start?
The doctor says I can begin lifting etc. again but to take it easy. I've finished my physiotherapy and my back feels much much better. Not perfect but getting there. The final results are in and they have got all the cancer so no more hospitals or doctors surgeries for at least six months and now I'm off all the medication my hair has stopped coming out and I can now comb and wash it with confidence again, and no more blood tests...yeah!
I also went to hospital for hearing tests and I can hear 100%. It's fantastic, you don't realise how much you miss hearing until you can't. I'm just hoping the psoriasis doesn't affect it but Mr. S has given me a number if I need them 'hoovered' so I don't have to go through all the rigmarole of seeing my own doctor, being referred etc. which will be really helpful if I do need to see him again. He really is a lovely man.
My knee has been wonderful over the last few weeks, I suppose it's all the resting. I just hope it doesn't get bad again as soon as I begin to do anything. It's been lovely being painfree.
The only bug bear is my psoriasis, it's awful. Worse than it has ever been, just hoping the weather helps it. I suppose it's natural considering the upheaval. I'm not going to cover up...I refuse. If people look... they look, so what!
The weather has been brilliant for the last couple of weeks which also gave me a boost and the weathermen say more of the same for this week. It's nice to get out into the garden, I've missed it.
I feel a lot better about restarting the spark programme this week and will finally begin to shift the pounds I put back on. Now I can get back to the gardening, walking etc. it should help.
With the weather warming up I noticed the difference in my clothes, not exactly tight but tighter than before so that has spurred me on too. You don't really notice the pounds creeping back on when you are inactive but now I want to be out and about more I really need to get going again.
I haven't really been in positive mode but I am now so by next week hope to have quite a biggish loss, as it will feel like a new start and it always goes quicker, then slow it down to the recommended weekly loss.
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MURAKAMIMOMMY 5/27/2008 10:40PM

    Oh girl....you are strong. You are going through quite a bit and yet you are not backing down on any front. Most people would cave with just one battle to fight---you are fighting many and WINNING!! You should be so very proud. Guess what....absolutely uncanny....I have eczema (sometimes it seems very much like psoriasis)...it's all over my ankles, knees, elbows, neck and under the arms. I look forward to sunny days to heal the redness/scaling, etc. I refuse to cover up as well. Good for you! I truly admire you!

Jenny

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I can't believe it

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I've just tried on some trousers I found at the back of the wardrobe, I used to wear them when I first started Sparkpeople and I can fit both of my legs into one of the trousers legs.
What a boost, just what I needed. I coudn't believe it when they both went in and they aren't tight either.
I feel so much better today, even my hair feels better. It's been so limp and straggly for months now and coming out in combsful, always is weird when I'm ill, but today it seems shiny and softer. I've been and had it cut to make it a better shape. M says it's very thin but should come back thicker as I get fitter.
And to top everything offf the sun is shining.
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MURAKAMIMOMMY 5/27/2008 10:36PM

    WAY TO GO!! Wow....what a feeling that must have been! Hang in there and keep plugging away! You and I are on similar paths as far as how much we have to lose and our goals---so I'm with you all the way. Just give a shout out if you need a friend!!

Jenny

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The first day of the rest of my life

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

It's a lovely spring day and the washing is blowing freely on the line, pegged out by my own fair hands. The first thing I have done since the op.

I have had another bout of jaundice and am having blood tests every six weeks but the count is going down.
The tests covered bilirubin, alanine, blood sugars, thyroid and cholestral.
They are going to repeat the bilirubin one in four weeks but the others were fine and my cholestrol is under three which apparently is fantastic.
The only side effect from the jaundice is that I tire easily.

The piriformis syndrome is now easier and even though I still have to finish a course of physio I feel much better. I am upright at last, not bent over like an old crone and people aren't saying I look ill any more. Sitting is still uncomfortable and the doctor says no lifting or excercising yet.
At least I can walk. I have started walking around the village again. I have picked up the pace a bit and am doing a little more each day. People have got used to me sitting on their walls or steps and now just ignore me...well they talk to me... instead of asking if I'm alright and do I want a lift home.
There is just one fly in the ointment...... I got lax and have put on twelve pounds over the last few weeks.
My motivation seemed to disappear and it wasn't until I wanted to go walking other than in the garden that I noticed that things were getting a bit tight. Anyway I'm starting back today and I'm raring to go.
Oh!! and I've finished all my cancer medications though I still have to take four tablets a day for different things.

  


Getting there....slowly!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Well, it is now three weeks since the the operation which went well though it was a bit bigger than predicted as they did a hysterectomy, bi-lateral salpingectomy, bi-lateral oopherectomy and removed my cervix and it's cuff.
They said the cervix cuff was a precaution but it seems to have paid off as I've just heard they removed ALL the cancer and I don't need radiotherapy follow-up, though I will need medication.
BRILLIANT NEWS!!!!!!!!!
My scar is clean, dry and healed but the internal ones take a lot longer and I'm so tired I could sleep for England but I'm getting there slowly.
The operating table was hard and has damaged two muscles in my back which have swelled up and trapped a nerve. Apparently it's called Piriformis Syndrome and can last for over a year... up to eighteen months. I will have to have physiotheraphy but not just yet until I recover from the op. The Doc. gave me Ibuprofen gel to massage in and painkillers, it's a lot better though I still can't sit comfortably at all and have to lie on my side. It hurts to sit, walk, lie, stand...everything really. If it hadn't been for that everything would have been fine!
Still can't exercise but am taking regular small walks, pottering really, around the house and garden. I daren't go too far as I might not be able to get back. I'm bent over like an old crone and I shuffle rather than walk....
Everyone has been so kind and I've had loads of cards, presents and visitors.
D and J have been brilliant. Cooking, washing etc. and S has phoned me, as has H.
My weight hasn't changed, I have stayed the same which is good as I have been eating what DH has cooked but have also been inactive so I'm pleased with that.
My stomach and back are still quite swollen but I hope they'll go back before long. My shape seems to have changed, my bottom seems bigger and my stomach is flat at both sides now, not just the right which it was before the op. due to the hernia repair I had.
The anesthetist and surgeon came to talk to me after the op.as my bilirubin and alanine levels are high. She explained that I had yellow jaundice and needed to see my own doctor for blood tests to monitor them and see if I need treatment.
I have also been in hospital as a day patient to have the benign lump removed from my eardrum. I'm so glad it was benign, they said that about the other one and it wasn't! Scary.
It's lovely to be able to hear again. I've had tests and my hearing is good. Just one more check next month. I have psoriasis in both ears so they may need 'hoovering' every now and again but I am definitely not deaf.
Well enough about me, the sun is shining and it's stopped raining so it's time for a little wander around the garden. I do wish I could do some gardening though, there seems to be things need doing everywhere I look.

  
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SLIM_INSIDE 2/8/2008 7:42PM

    Hi Martha-ann, it's Josee (aka bright_onion) from loooong ago!
I am also back, but under a new name - was too ashamed to come back heavier than my original start weight as bright!
So sorry to hear about all of your health problems. My mum had virtually the same surgery about 15 years ago, and I had my own brush with cervical cancer 3 years ago. (Thankfully mine was contained with minimal medical intervention).
It's so good to see you back on here. I hope you don't mind me messaging you out of the blue..... I'll be here for the forseeable future with over 7 stone to lose, and it would be lovely to hear from you again.
All the best,
Josee

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