Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Back from the filling station...

Happy Thursday.

I went in for my second fill-up yesterday. Dr. B continues to be very pleased with my progress thus far. He asked if I was compliant and refrained from pole dancing these last two weeks and was happy to hear that I continue to be a good patient and that I haven't started pole dancing.

The filling up process was a repeat of the first. Both sides accommodated 150 cc's. I feel like I have HUGE pecs now.

I had slight discomfort most of the day yesterday and a truly lousy night sleep as the discomfort level intensified and to be honest with you I have been so blessed to have such little pain that this threw me off. Taking Tylenol helped this morning and I will continue to do that this evening as well. The skin simply needs to stretch and let me tell you when I look down it is a whole new world.

Last weeks oncology visit prompted a few changes. One of them being that I have to get back into a light exercise schedule. So I am trying to walk on the treadmill. This simply has to be part of my daily routine -- like brushing my teeth... I just have to do it. I was told by Dr. M that he is not thrilled with the amount of weight I have gained since my November, December, January and February visits. There are reasons for the steady weight gain (between 4 - 5 pounds a month) -- being thrown head first into menopause, being on the Arimidex, not really exercising regularly, not to mention eating lots of good tasting food that is a bit high in the not so good for you category. I have always made pretty healthy choices but have started to cut back and I was able to put on a pair of jeans that didn't fit last week so yippee. I am not so concerned with how much I weigh it's just about being healthy and making sure that the breast cancer doesn't have an environment to come back to.

After my ONC visit I was started on Black Cohash and Fish Oil. And then a phone call late last week after my blood levels were all in, revealed that my Vitamin D levels were not even on the chart so I was told to begin taking an additional Vitamin D supplement. The supplements and vitamin boost should help ease the hot flashes which had gotten pretty intense. The exercise should help as well.

I am continually grateful and thankful to be where I now am.

Ancora Imparo


Anonymous said...

Dieting is hell, but the results are well worth the effort. It is amazing that you are already back into a pair of jeans that were too tight last week. That is fast progress!

Do you have WiiFit? I am doing 1 and 1/2 hours of training a day with that, plus walking for 30 minutes outside. Some of the moves in the Yoga and the Aerobic sections might make a fun alternative to the treadmill, just to change the routine from time to time. Something to consider.

I hope all the supplements and vitamins give you relief from the hot flashes, and renewed energy, as well. When will you get the all-clear to go back to pole-dancing?????!!!!!

We love you.

Marilyn, Fred and Betty

Aaron said...

I think the diet/weight/exercise issues are hard for all of us in the best of times, but when you've been through as much as you have and are at the point where you need to put on weight in the first place, its hard not to "reward" yourself, and find comfort in comfort food. That said, you've fought hard and gone through hell to get to the point you are now, so you certainly know you have the willpower, focus and strength to keep yourself on a healthy regiment. The bonus is the exercise should also help with the energy level. Above all, just glad to hear that life is still sounding very normal!

With regard to the filling station, sounds like Angelyne should watch her back. :)

Have a great weekend.


joyce said...

Marla sound GREAT and with your never ending postive will shed what ever pounds you think you need shed, bring your vitamin levels to where they should be, NEVER have to use that C word again and you can embrace your blossoming "tatas." ( Isn't that what we called them at camp??) And I am sure you won"t be the only one embracing them!!!!