On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Monday, January 07, 2013

My confusing life

I was back in the chemotherapy suite today.  I asked the doctor for a "hall pass" so I could visit my friends and he said as long as I was medically stable I had that right. Steve and Demi were with me so there I was, in my robe and jammies, walking through the medical campus, but I got to chat and say hello.  It was also the first breath of real fresh outdoor air I've breathed in 15 days.

I got back in time to meet with another visitor who had taken the time to come to the hospital to visit me.

My energy level was a bit higher now that my hemoglobin was up from 7.1 yesterday to 7.9 today.  Normal is above 11, so clearly I have a way to go.  I don't know if I will receive another transfusion or not.  I am clearly anemic.

There are parts of the new food plan that I like.  Dinner tonight included pot roast and mashed potatoes with gravy.  The serving size was larger than I could manage, but it definitely was tasty. In fact, there is almost no meat that I can't eat - meat doesn't contain fiber unless it's a cheap deli cut with gristle and ground up "stuff" mixed in. Everything else - including bacon and sausage - is allowed.

Carrots are apparently one of the safest vegetables for me.  I see them on almost all the lunch and dinner  trays, usually mixed in with a second vegetable.

I have several food lists given to me by the dieticians. Most have two columns:  Foods to Enjoy, Foods to Avoid.  That makes it easy to scan alphabetically and immediately know if a particularly item would be helpful or not.

Except for honey.  It's on the "Enjoy" list. Trace your finger one inch to the right, to the "Avoid" list.  Honey.

1 comment:

  1. At least you still have your sense of humor! That made me laugh about the honey on both lists - better recheck that with the doctor!


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