Thursday, December 19, 2013
GiantPanda’s blogs have convinced me to try coconut oil pulling. It’s basically using about a tablespoon of coconut oil as a mouthwash, swishing it around your mouth for about 20 minutes, and spit into the toilet or garbage (can clog drains). Do not gargle, do not swallow.
She’s reporting that after a week she has brighter teeth and her eczema is alleviated. Given my many health challenges, I have been doing some research on using coconut (oil, flour, etc.) but had never heard about this. It sounds promising, and an easy fix for some of my issues without taking yet more medication!
Aside from that, recovery continues to go well. Today, I’m looking for gentle exercises I can do now, and low-impact cardio and weight training I can do in January once the doc oks it. My DH is off work between Xmas and New Year’s, so I will at least be going mall walking at least every other day for exercise. I know the footing is safe indoors, and there are plenty of benches to sit on along the way so I don’t overdo it. I don’t trust the snow/ice outside with my stitches at the moment; we’re on a small street with no sidewalks, and one of the last to get plowed so the street gets rutted with snow/ice build-up.
I have also been better planning my meals and have a spicy black bean soup for lunch. Home made soup… Mmmmmmm!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Well, my goal of starting to use the CPAP this week-end really didn't work out well -- I didn't even make it up to the bedroom! I have been sleeping on the sofa since surgery as it hurt too much when DH moved around in the bed. I thought I would go up this week-end, but both nights I fell asleep on the sofa.
I must admit that sleeping on the sofa has become a semi-habit for various reasons - easier after each of my surgeries, DH going to bed before me and not wanting to wake him up, and just simply falling asleep where I sit when my Synthroid isn't working right. I obviously have to address some bad sleeping habits!
So tonight I go to bed with a book, and put on my CPAP, and fall asleep in bed!!!
DH did go out to buy garland for the porch, and we'll add lights to it at some point soon - maybe this week with DS, who just finished exams at college last week. The Xmas tree is upstairs but not set up -- again, plan to do this as the week goes on.
AND... just found out that our friend's daughter, whose first baby is due near Christmas, is one cm dilated. So exciting -- it's the first baby in my son's generation amongst our close friends and family.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Well, this is my first week-end post op (I really don't count last week-end, as I got home around 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning and was pretty out of it all week-end).
My goal for this week-end is to get the Christmas tree up inside the house, and the decorations accessible so that I can finish putting them up next week, and buying some decorations for outside. We had to cut down a beloved Blue Spruce, and so our front yard has nothing decorative at this point for Christmas.
That will mean going out for the first time since the op -- I am so looking forward to that (not!), as it has turned stupid cold while I've been inside! Brrrr!
Edited to add: Also, I want to set up my CPAP machine and start using it tonight!
Hope everyone has a great week-end!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
My sister saved up some vaca time to use if I needed help after surgery. She came over today, kept me company and did some cooking (chicken, spag sauce, and soup broth). I'll be able to make soup tomorrow.
I don't think we've laughed this much in a very long time - things have been trying health-wise for a few people in the family, so serious discussions are usually the norm. After my surgery, it was like a weight had been lifted. When I called my aunt to tell her the "no obvious signs of cancer" declaration from the surgeon, she informed me that two cousins that were recently operated for cancer will not have to have treatments. Everything has been removed successfully for them.
Clearly, things are looking up for us -- finally! And I have my sister back (instead of my "older sister who wants to be able to fix everything but can't") and it feels great!
Sunday, December 08, 2013
So, what I had understood to be cancer was actually pre-cancerous cells - a big difference. Hysterectomy with removal of fallopians and ovaries Friday, and surgeon says "no obvious signs of cancer". While we still have to wait for the path report to be sure, I'm hanging my hopes on his post-op statement.
It feels like I, again, have a huge mountain to climb. My thyroid medication for some reason stops working every once and a while, and the obvious symptom is weight gain - like 20 lbs in a month. Then the bloodwork and TSH levels confirm it. Ugh. It's happened twice since last spring, and I weigh more now than I ever have.
That being said, I'm also floating on this good news I've just received. I'm not good at communicating when I'm worried or down - I just don't see the point in bringing others down with me! -- but now I'm getting back on track and that means back to Sparking! I look forward to catching up with all my old Spark friends and making some new ones.
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