My diet has gone to pot. I’ve had some health problems and had to get off the diet. I’ll give an update soon. In the meantime; Happy Thanksgiving!!
This has been a very busy week. Last Thursday was the last day of a very busy month. I will not schedule as much as I did last month. I never thought November would ever get here. If you saw my last blog, you read of my accident with the band trailer. I never heard anything today so I guess everything went alright with the insurance company.
The above picture is of an iron pour. Sparks in the Dark, as they called it. About 100 boy and girl scouts paid $20 for a scratch block so that they could “scratch” in the mold design so that when they poured hot iron into the mold, they would receive their artwork in solid cast iron. This was Saturday night, which was very cold to me.
I lost two pounds this past week. I thought about joining a gym with a personal trainer, one that would tell me what I’m doing wrong and maybe would develop a plan for me to follow. Then I got to thinking, why would I do that. Why would I pay for something that I knew in a few weeks or even a month or so, I would change my mind and not go. I would be just wasting my money. There is a gym, however, that a church sponsors that I have already joined a couple of weeks ago. It’s only $5 a month and there’s no contract. You can go one time a week or five times a week and it’s still the same price. There’s no physical trainer though. They do have some cycles, treadmills, a weight room, and ellipticals.
It’s supposed to be pretty and warm the first part of this week. I think I’ll go to this gym or go to the track and walk. It’s going to start turning colder by the end of the week so if I’m going to enjoy the outdoors I’d better do it now.
I’m going to let the video speak for itself. I will say this though, even though this was only a four-mile hike, the hills were tough for me. I can go to the track and walk five miles and be sore a few days but walking in the woods with all these hills, that’s a little different.
After spending an hour and forty-five minutes on the track I completed just under five miles and over 10,000 steps. I’m so sore right now I can’t move my legs. When I worked I average about 15,000 steps a day. Now I’m lucky to get just over 2,000.
My low carb diet plus exercise is working but you’ll have to wait until Monday to find out just how well it’s working. My morning routine of scrambled eggs and sausage is about to get old but I’ve been doctoring them up with different spices to make them taste different. If you’ve never tried “Slap Yo Mama” seasoning you need to try it. It’s kind of spicy and the flavor stays with you for a while but I have to say that it makes a bowl of scrambled eggs quite palatable. I’ll try and post a picture tomorrow or the next day so you can see what it looks like.
The next few days will be busy and I doubt that I’ll reach any of my goals but that not saying that I won’t try. I’ll get a few steps in while grocery shopping in the morning but I’ve got to go to a high school football game tomorrow evening. Saturday afternoon I’ve got to pull a trailer for the high school band about two hours from my home so they can have their instruments for a band competition. It will be about midnight on Saturday night when I get home. Sunday might be a good day to get some steps in but we’ll see.
As the title says I’m feeling pretty good right now. My breathing is better, I’m taking iron infusions so my energy is better as well. So, with that being said, I will be starting on a three month diet beginning on Monday of next week. I have a plan, one that includes low carb, regular exercise; mental as well as physical. I’ve joined a neighborhood gym that will help me during the cold and rainy days that are sure to be coming. I will post regular updates here so I can keep up with my progress. Also, I’m on Fitbit so if you would like to send me a request, you can see live results. My email address in firstname.lastname@example.org
See you on Monday!!!
As a child I used to love to ride roller-coasters. I would ride for hours just to ride different coasters. As I got older I out grew my fascination with coasters because my stomach couldn’t handle going upside down and being bounced around as much. I guess riding a coaster is the best way to describe living with CML. It is for me at least.
The last few months have been just that, a roller coaster. Since I was diagnosed in February of 2014, I’ve been on three different medications. I had to change because either the medicine quit working or it caused fluid around my heart and lungs. In January of 2016 I had both type A and type B flu as well as pneumonia along with fluid around both of my lungs. I was admitted into the hospital where they did all sorts of tests. They eventually removed just over two liters of fluid around my right lung. There was at least that much or more in my left lung but they would not remove it due to risk of infection. It was during this time they took me off the medicine that they thought was creating the fluid.
In March of 2016 I was placed on a different drug and up until August of this year, I haven’t had any side effects of the drug. But, unfortunately due to becoming severely anemic, and after having several tests done, they found that I had a bleeding ulcer. Oh, but it gets worse. The medicine for the ulcer reduces the effectiveness of the CML drug. We were told that it didn’t but it did. During the first several months after taking the ulcer meds, my CML numbers started increasing. After several months of this my oncologist decided that he had done all he could for me and that he was referring me to a bone marrow transplant team. These were to be the darkest days of my life.
About the same time I was diagnosed, another young lady in my community was diagnosed with CML. She didn’t like the side effects the drug was causing so she stopped taking the drug. Her CML escalated and she had to have a bone marrow transplant. I followed her on Facebook through her whole ordeal. She was in the hospital for six long weeks having this procedure. I remembered her ordeal when I was told that I would be having the same thing.
The doctor that I was sent to was not on the transplant team. The hospital he is associated with is one of the best cancer research centers in the US but the doctor had a lot of growing up to do. He was fresh out of college. In fact, I have a son that is not much older that he is. My other oncologist has over thirty years of experience but like I said, this doctor is fresh out of college and from another country to boot. Nothing wrong with that though. What this doctor had in knowledge, he lacked in experience. I saw this doctor about 4 times and it was enough to know that there wasn’t going to be a 5th. He did have a couple of suggestions that I did get out of our visits. He stated that I was not a good candidate for a bone marrow transplant and that I was probably taking way too much medicine. He also mentioned that I was supposed to be taking my cancer meds with food, which at that time I wasn’t.
So, as of today, I’m back with my previous oncologist, my numbers are back where they need to be and most everything is where it needs to be. I am working on getting disability. I have a hearing in January. I’ve had to get a handicap place-card because of gout in my right foot.
So, as you see, my life has been somewhat of a roller coaster. It’s been up, then down then on the up side again. I’ve been reading books and trying to listen to some easy jazz music just to help me relax a bit.
Sorry for the long post.
Today was my appointment with my new oncologist. The doctor looked like he was fresh out of med school. He looked like he was about my son’s age, about 26 or so. He is from Saudi Arabia or somewhere close by with a heavy accent. I had no trouble understanding him so he must have learned English at a young age.
He arrived to my appointment about an hour and a half late. I was not impressed by this. However, he did have a good excuse. He said that his excuse was in two parts. One, he had to do rounds for his partner who was on vacation this week and he had to receive a teleconference with a group in Korea that involved a case study he was involved with.
I went in this appointment thinking I was to have a bone marrow transplant aka stem cell replacement. So I was a bit surprised when he said that I would stay in my current med for a while. He also stated that because of my current health condition, with my diabetes and cardiac issues, I was not a good candidate for stem cell replacement. The option would still be there but not right now. We will continue to “work” with the current meds and see if we can get them to work again.
The numbers, although higher than normal. were not really that high, according to my new oncologist. He has seen higher and with that said, has gotten the numbers back down to a manageable rate with little to no problem.
I have little choice but to trust him. We will see what he has to say and we’ll do what he asks. I go back in one month for more lab work and for another visit.
I had a few hours to spare before I had to pick my daughters up at the Atlanta airport so I decided to spend a little while at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. If you’ve never visited Atlanta, be prepared for a lot of traffic. I mean a LOT of traffic. It seems no matter the […]
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It’s spring down here in the deep south. At least for now. Cooler temps along with some rain expected next week. For those that are keeping up, my to-do list is slowly getting shorter; and I do mean slowly. Being that the weather has turned a little warmer, I’ve taken advantage of it and I’ve been doing a lot of work outside. My back yard is slowly showing itself again. I’ve spent several days cutting Privet and dragging the limbs to the street. My back yard has a slight incline so after cutting the limbs I have to climb this incline so I’m easily winded and I have to take a lot of breaks. A person in good health would have already finished with this project and moved on but it’s taking me a little while longer. I’m still not finished with it. The limb collector only picks up once every other week so I don’t want a pile of limbs just sitting there waiting to be picked up. So, I’ve been working on doing some painting in the meantime.
Like I’ve stated on an earlier post, I’ve started using a task list to help me stay on target. I must say that it’s making a huge difference. The weather has a lot to do with what task I work on but as long as the weather stays nice for a few days I’m able to get quite a bit accomplished. If the weather is cold or rainy I’ll stay inside and concentrate on doing some housework or do some woodworking projects.
Cooking has always been something I like doing so since I’ve retired I make it a point to help the wife with the cooking. When both of us worked, it was difficult for my wife to create dishes that were both healthy and quick. She is tired most days when she gets home so her choices for dinner was usually something unhealthy. Now that I’ve retired, I do most of the cooking during the week. I do a lot of grilling, very little frying and some slow cooking in my crockpot. Most of the items I cook is new to both me and my wife so it’s made dinner very interesting.
Life goes on!!