The past month has been an interesting one. I got to spend some time with family and friends then there was the weekly grind of the combination of Vitamin C IV's and chemo 4 times a week for an average of 4 hours each. I'm getting more used to it now though. I'm just hoping that the skin over the place on my port that gets stabbed will hold up long enough to make it through all of this without tearing or deteriorating and thus needing some kind of surgery to graft skin or something....not thinking about it...
|Vitamin C love!|
Regardless of all the stabbing the Vitamin C is incredibly worth it!! I ended up having to miss both my C IV's and my chemo last week due to a family health emergency. My mom was sick with a sinus infection the prior week and ended up getting some antibiotics which didn't help and the sinus infection ended up turning into pneumonia. She finally felt so bad that she asked if I could come up to Seattle and help take care of her. We ended up at the ER at Swedish to which she was admitted overnight and at the doctors office twice. It was the sickest I have ever seen her and she had me really worried. After all she has done for me it was my turn to get to do something for her. She has been running and working herself ragged (especially since the beginning of the year) to take care of me and it finally is catching up and taking a toll on her health. She gives so much and it made me feel so good to be able to do something to help her even if it was just for a week. Thankfully she is doing much better now and as of yesterday even went back to work (half days right now) because it is hard work recovering from pneumonia...luckily I have never had to find out.
Anyway about the Vitamin C being worth it (got sidetracked). Since I missed last week's IV's I started noticing that the side effects of the chemo started getting a bit worse; more nausea, some neuropathy, more ringing in ears, blurrier vision, less appetite, etc. Interesting isn't it? I can tell the difference for sure, the C is amazing stuff! It's just a crying shame that insurance wont cover something so incredibly beneficial, but I'm not about to get started on that stuff.
OH! finally got the results of that Spectracell blood analysis back. It shocked both my nauturopath and me to see that I am only slightly deficient in 3 things....B2, oleic acid, and D3 my immune response is above average and my ability to detox is in the normal range. Even though I have cancer and even though I am getting chemotherapy my results were still this good! I just knew that vitamin C IV's were the way to go! This test was representative of the past 6 months not just snapshot in time. Pretty cool test and even more impressive results. They are all easy fixes too, gonna take a B2 supplement (folic acid) and drink a shot of olive oil every day (7800mg of oleic acid!), and increase my D3 &K2 spray to twice daily and Shazam! Not too bad huh?!
My CT scan is scheduled for Sept 25th with results on the 27th. My oncologist still thinks that I am doing very well and for him to say that is pretty awesome in my book. In about two weeks we will see just how much of a kick ass job this Vitamin C is doing and I can't wait to find out. This is my plan to proceed: If the scan looks good but there is still room for improvement I am going to try to get the C's for at least 2-3 more months depending on what my ND says. If it looks the same (or worse) then I will figure it out then and try to go see a healing guru in another country :) yep.
The garden at dads is growing so fast and so abundantly that I have been too busy to get up there enough to harvest much of it. I really wanted to get much more from the garden this summer but I also did not anticipate being in treatment 4 times a week either. At least dad has a big freezer to store some veggies in for the winter.
Looks like another busy couple of weeks lined up but that is what keeps life interesting. I am starting to get over the shaky stuff a bit more and with all of this extended summer weather (90's in Portland this next week!) I am going to try to make some time to get out for some late summer hiking up in the mountains. That is one thing I didn't get enough of this year. I can't believe I have only been camping one time! Dang!
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