Yesterday, I had my 9th infusion of chemo (taxol). Once again my pre-chemo blood work came back virtually all in the normal range. I was amazed because I had felt so fatigued for so many days last week. I seemed to bounce back the day before my chemo and I'm guessing my blood work did too. Either that, or they are using someone else's blood!
Each week of chemo gets a little harder with the fatigue, but it's still all manageable. I think that the UTI recurrence that I had also really slowed me down for several days. I took my last antibiotic for it this morning, so I will know in a couple days if the antibiotic kicked the UTI to the curb. I'm particularly keeping my fingers crossed that if it flares up again that it could hold off until Monday when it's easier for me to get it cultured if I need to. Obviously, the best thing would be if it would be gone for good. I've ordered a combination cranberry/d-mannose formula from Amazon that is supposed to be good at preventing recurrences and I plan on taking it (or whatever my oncologist recommends) for the rest of my chemo treatments.
I feel like my body must have decided to revolt this past year when I turned 60. When I went for my regular checkup this morning, I was told I now have high cholesterol for the first time in my life. I was shocked because I have been eating so incredibly healthy these last three months since I got diagnosed with cancer. So either my body has decided to fall apart on me at sixty or they are using someone's else's blood for my test.
My doctor put me on a medication and I have to get rechecked in four months.
After I came home, I did some research on cholesterol levels. In the past, I've always had very high levels of the "good" cholesterol...the HDL and low levels of the bad LDL. With this last blood test, everything is reversed. Surely this is not my blood they are testing! According to today's test, my HDL has gone way down and my LDL went way up. I discovered in my research today that the HDL normally acts to help clear the body of LDL; so it makes sense that when my HDL went down, my LDL went up.
What I also discovered through my research is that two things that I have been doing over the last three months have caused my HDL to decrease. The first is that I haven't been exercising as much and the second is that I've lost 25 pounds over the summer which is about 18% of my body weight.
As far as the exercise goes, I had greatly reduced my exercise when I stared chemo, but I'm been gradually increasing my exercise amount over the past week to try to help combat chemo fatigue. I know I won't be at my normal levels of exercise until after all my treatments are over next May. In the mean time, I'll just do what I can and not worry about it. So that part of the HDL equation, I a bit limited on what I can do.
Interestingly, weight loss can cause HDL levels to decrease temporarily, but the HDL will go back up again after my weight is more stable. I'm no longer losing weight so that should help on that part of the HDL equation.
The other thing I can do is make sure they are actually using my blood for all my tests!