Thursday, May 19, 2011
Thank you all for reading my blogs about my breast cancer journey. Thank you for your kind words, thoughts, support and prayers. I am having a hard time keeping up with all of my emails and Spark Teams. Please forgive me for this global thank you. One of these days, I will get around to personally thanking each of you. Rudy and doctor visits take a lot of my time and I have to plan around their schedules.
My pastor's wife said she did a buzz cut and then has short, prickly hairs to contend with. At least, the long ones are easy to see and are not prickly. I know what it is like to get a hair cut and have hairs down your shirt neck. Don't want to deal with that.
I also am looking at this as a journey and a process, not a destination. I am enjoying watching the process. I like waiting and seeing what will happen next, as long as it is not too unpleasant.
Keeping the feet propped up and cooking vegetables, boiling a chicken to make broth with no sodium, and then eating the unsalted chicken along with brown rice was a big help with getting the swelling down. It can be one of the side effects of one of the chemotherapy drugs but I believe it was my diet. I am sure learning new lessons. No spicy or acidic foods, eat smaller and more "normal" portions. I usually do not add salt to the food I am cooking. Guess, even the low-sodium chicken broth is out for a while. Of course, I ate the whole pot of soup over the course of the evening. I later figured it was about 2,500 mg of sodium. Not to mention the hummus and corn chips, even if they were organic. I went from 188 on Tuesday to 182 on Wednesday and was 180 this morning. That is a new low for me. Yeah! I find eating mostly steamed vegetables really helps pull the weight off and cleans my system.
At least, now I am getting used to "normal" half cup servings rather than the 1-2 cups it took before. Hoping this will become a new normal for me as I change my eating to a healthier lifestyle. Again, thank you for all of your support on both of these journeys.