Sorry for the delay in getting this update done. I ended up working for a few hours yesterday when I would ordinarily have been writing this.
Well, tomorrow is it! My final treatment. Praise God! It will be #28. In a way, it seems like the time has gone by fast, but in another way, it hasn’t. It will likely feel strange to get up at 5:10 on Tuesday and know that I can actually do my entire exercise program for the first time on a week day. I am so looking forward to that! Those 10 pounds I gained after surgery are in my sights and they’ll go fast. Then, I’ll get back to work on getting down to my ideal weight, which will take a lot longer. However, I am planning on participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Houston next April. I’ve got a year to get ready to walk somewhere between 13.1 miles (1/2 marathon) and 39.3 miles (1.5 marathons). I’m just going for the 1/2 marathon at the moment, but if God has more than that in mind for me, I know He’ll let me know.
I don’t really have a lot to tell you tonight. I am a little tired, as I have been the last week and a half. I expect that will be resolved in a couple of weeks. I intend to take it easy for the next two weeks and not push myself hard. I do plan to resume my full exercise schedule Tuesday morning, however. It’s not all that strenuous, so there shouldn’t be any issue with that. I’ll just be adding 20 minutes or so of weight training and 30 minutes of great stretching. I’ll be going slow on the weight training, since I haven’t been doing it regularly.
I have some skin peeling occurring right now. It just started this week. At the recommendation of Dr. Eyre, I’m using a topical antibiotic to prevent any infection. He recommended that before the peeling started.
I had some blood tests done last Saturday through HealthCheck Labs. I got the results Thursday. My cholesterol is up, which is only indirectly related to the radiation therapy and is primarily due to my reduced exercise program and straying from the healthier foods I had been eating. The two results that are directly related to the therapy are below normal homocysteine and white blood cells. Neither is exceptionally low and should not pose a serious problem. I am taking some supplements to correct the homocysteine issue, although I don’t want to overcorrect, as high levels are associated with an increased risk of heart attack. The WBCs should replenish on their own, but I don’t know how long that takes. Everything else was within normal limits.
I am seeing my podiatrist tomorrow after my treatment. I have decided that I must need to get new orthotics since the stretching I’ve been doing helps but has not permanently resolved my right hip and knee pain. The hip doesn’t hurt often and the knee only hurts going up and down stairs, but it’s been going on for months. I gave the stretching a try and now it’s time to bite the bullet and get new orthotics. Of course, that pretty much necessitates getting new shoes so I don’t put new orthotics in worn down shoes. That will not help. So, guess what I’ll be doing next Saturday! You got it–buying shoes. Maybe they’ll be on sale. I can always hope! 🙂
James should be completing his radiation treatment this week, also. I don’t know if he’ll be completely done or if he has other treatment to do. I’m hoping to see Liz tomorrow morning. She had to go back to work last week, but James told me Mondays are her day off. Please keep praying for James and Liz.
I think this will have to be all for tonight. Have a great week and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus!
Oh–if you haven’t heard, my article “Look to Jesus” is the “Essay of the Week” at FaithReflections.com. I don’t know when they change the essay, but it’s still up at the moment. It’s at http://www.faithreflections.com/default_files/Page364.html. They’ve been working on their site, so if you can’t find the article, you can just read it on this site, if you haven’t already done so (or if you want to read it again). Just click “Look to Jesus” in the sidebar on the right.
May God bless you all! Thanks for all your prayers and please keep praying!