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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Well, it's been a while since I was on line to Spark. It's been a difficult time one way or another and I did put most of my weight back on. No excuses, I just ate.
I started back abour six weeks ago. I still wasn't logging on but I was losing. I now weight10 pounds heavier than last time I logged in but I'm getting there and I decided to rejoin the boards this week. I am quite proud of myself really and it's nice now people are commenting though some of them think it's with my being ill and it's not. It is to do with it but the illness isn't making me lose weight, I'm doing that myself.
I have been in and out of hospital over the last few weeks, firstly with my ears as I went deaf in February. I've had a couple of procedures and I can now hear again, it's not 100% but it is definitely better. They have also found a small lump, which is benign but need removing, on my right eardrum but they are leaving it for now until the rest of the ops. are sorted out.
Secondly, two ops to remove uterine polyps, and one op. to remove a grapefruit sized mass which measured 9cm on the Thursday and on removal on the Monday measured 14 & 1/2/cm and weighed nine pounds.
I've been bleeding heavily and in a lot of pain and this is what was causing it. It was inside my right fallopian tube, sort of like an ectopic pregnancy. Very painful.
The lump, together with a D&C result both came back as cancerous so on Tuesday I go in for a hysterectomy and oophorectory (removal of my ovaries). They say they've caught it early and hopefully no radiotherapy will be required afterwards.
I have been on tablets for about a month now which make me feel sick or else make me sick and I can now stop taking them. I had to take them every six hours and I was jsut beginning to feel better when it was time for the next one so I am looking forward to stopping.
I needed to be slimmer for this op., though no one ever mentioned it, so decided I would be and I am so pleased with the results. At my pre-op. checks last week the doctor told the nurse the IBM was wrong but it wasn't. They were so surprised and pleased with me.
I will weigh in again on Monday and hope to be down a bit more.
I want to keep on losing after the op. and feel really positve about everything now.
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