I feel a bit stronger after getting blood yesterday. My visiting nurse came to my home to check my blood pressure, temperature, strength and evaluate how I am doing. Since all my blood levels dropped so low they are checking on me one to two times a week. I went to my chiropractor today for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer. I was in so much pain in my legs and back from sitting so long yesterday that I really needed to go. My mobility is a bit better from my chiropractic treatment.
I also worked on my upper body arm exercises, but just did not feel up to going swimming today. It was still quite hot, but tolerable. As always, I keep up with all my herbal supplements and juicing every day. My son is home and between he and my daughter, they are after me to hydrate and eat as much cancer fighting foods as possible.
My children also got a low-calorie muscle builder to give me once a day as my muscles have deteriorated quite a bit. Some of this has been from taking prednisone for three years. My primary care doctor kept treating me for polymyelitis rheumatica, but the prednisone probably masked the cancer and the polymyelits rheumatica was a precursor to my type of cancer as told to me by my oncologist. That is still so frustrating to my family and I. If I did not get the pain I had back in June and go to the emergency room, I may have never found out I have cancer. That goodness I finally found out! It is not what you want to hear, but now I have a fighting chance. “I will get rid of my cancer, I will get rid of my cancer, I will get rid of my cancer.”
Have a great day all,
I got two pints of blood today. I had to go to an infusion center this time. It was a small extension of the hospital I went to last time, but in another town. It was very uncomfortable today as they have recliners that were hard and my body is very sore today. I wonder if I am going to need blood after each round of chemotherapy. We will see. I feel a bit less short of breath tonight. I am still exhausted though. “I am going to feel well and beat cancer, I am going to feel well and beat cancer, I am going to feel well and beat cancer.”
My son was a big help today and stayed with me at the infusion center. Tonight, he has been doing chores at home for me. My daughter made me kale, spinach, mushroom, tomatillo and garlic veggies with mashed potatoes. These are good to fight cancer and get iron. I am dehydrated feeling tonight and have been drinking green tea and now water. I also drank my Odwalla super green.
I am going to get some rest and hope to have more energy tomorrow. Wishing health to all,
Yesterday I had my fifth dose of chemotherapy and got good news! My CA125 cancer markers started at 398 and yesterday they were down to 137! The nurse practitioner said the goal is to get under 30. My Oncologist said that was excellent and it is a good indicator that my body is responding to treatment. I am so happy! It gave me so much encouragement, that I went out a bought a cute little hat. I got a lightweight black summer hat that flips up in front. It made me feel cute. My daughter had to drop some of her work off and do a few errands and I made it through. I was very tired last night though, hence not blogging last night.
Today has been good. My occupational therapist came over and checked on me. All my vitals were good. She has me on a regime of exercises to get strength back in my arms, and I worked on those with her. I have a very hard time lifting my arms up or doing things like put on clothes over my head or put dishes away. Most of my exercise is for getting me able to function better with my activities of daily living. She even added more today.
So far, no nausea today, just tired. It is not as hot in my house today and that helps. Still worried about how we will pay our mortgage, but my daughter said to remember health is most important and we can only do the best we can. She feels so bad about not having enough money to go around. I know it is what it is. We will get through all of this as I know we are strong. “I will beat cancer and keep my home, I will beat cancer and keep my home, I will beat cancer and keep my home”!
My best to all,