What a week! I'm really glad it's over!! First of all I want to tell you about my something new I tried. It was belly dancing!! I really am enjoying this dvd for beginners. Rather than trying to do the entire thing through, I am doing it like I learned my majorette routines in high school. I am taking it by sections and learning a certain amount of moves at a time until I have them memorized. That way it isn't so difficult with each new move. I have 5 memorized already: two with the hip action, two leg movements, and one for the arms. If I get nothing else from the DVD, I'll have this down and can do a bit with it. I learned it slow, then sped up as I went through the week. My new thing for this week is, I'm going to be trying Rhubarb. I have never had it before. Bob promises me I'll love it. I'm anxious to give it a try. I have no idea how he'll fix it, but he knows sugar is out of the question, so we'll just have to wait and see.
Last Wednesday I saw my psychiatrist in Gainesville (about 70 miles NW of here by the time we reach his office). Things went fairly well. He gave me two sheets on how to get sleep. I added the first one and I'll do the second on another blog. He kept me on the three meds I've be talking as they have worked very well for me, helping to keep the bipolar/ PTSD in line. I only have depression once in awhile now and the highs rarely. I'd say I get the depression perhaps 3-4 times a year and it lasts a day or perhaps two. The highs I get 1-2 times a year and it lasts about 1-2 days, too. The great thing about it, the highs aren't nearly as bad as before and mostly consist of the difficulty with sleeping. When I was younger I would go 3 -4 days without sleep and drive around all night, then work the next day. Those occurred at least every other month and sometimes every month. I also loved to spend money when on a high. So these meds really have things under control.
Friday I went to have the nurse in my chemo treatment room take blood for my lab tests. Since I have a port, the hospital won't do it in their lab as they have no RN's that are qualified to use a port. Afterwards we took the blood work to the hospital. Thank goodness it is right across the street from the cancer center. This trip is 30 miles one way.
Yesterday I went to my ENT for my 6 month check up from the tonsil cancer. That requires having my nose numbed and a tube with a camera inserted to see into my throat. He said everything looks terrific. He mention all the weight I've lost and asked me how much. When I told him 150 lbs, his eyes went wide opened!! He started asking about if I still had my feeding tube. I told him it was taken out a month after treatments ended. I also told him I stared in 2010 to lose it. I also mentioned I think the sugar burning my throat had a lot to do with. He asked about salt. I said if I have something like cottage cheese or the low fat sour cream or yogurt, I'm ok with it. He complimented me on losing it slowly and said I'd have a better chance of keeping it off and asked how I did it. I told him about Spark and consisting of healthier food choices, added exercise, and positive thinking with a set of cheerleaders supporting me along in the community. He said whatever it was I should keep on, but not to lose anymore. I responded with my same ol' I'm maintaining. I know Spark consists more of what I have written here, it's also tracking and being accountable, giving non-food treats for meeting goals, and learning healthy ways for life, and thinking with positive attitude and not beating myself up if I slip up. I simply didn't want to go into it too deeply as he was very busy.
Today I was to see my chemo oncologist. Bob forgot the check book at home and would you believe he refused to see me unless I paid my co-pay up front?!?!? I couldn't believe it. We would have brought the dern check to them tomorrow, but no, that wasn't good enough. Now I have to wait a month before I can see him. That means blood work once more, too. If you are keeping track, we drove 340 miles in the week for doctor appointments, and didn't even get to see the one today. I wish I could get my breast cancer script from another doctor. We are going to ask my radiation doctor if he can write one. It is something I need to have after breast cancer for 5 - 10 years and it has been 2 years.
So this has been my week that was. Good news all around except for today and only because of a forgotten check book. Tomorrow I get my hair cut, so that should mark the beginning of a wonderful week.
Love and hugs to all who support me, all my Buds. Love you all.
Peace Love and Hope,
I love carnival and Mardi Gras. I made the wreath!