Sunday, October 24, 2010

Things You Never Thought You'd Hear...

"..and DO NOT lose any weight."  This from my radiation oncologist.  Words I never thought to hear in my lifetime.  I'm not the most svelt of women and years of steroids have made my metabolism sloth-like, but of course, with this cancer, I am dropping weight far too easily.

Between Friday morning and Saturday evening, I had lost 4 lbs.  So, knowing that my radiation treatment measurements had all been taken on that Friday, I quite bravely decided I had to eat... Ice Cream!  Yes, Ice Cream,... one of those things I had rather denied myself except as a very occasional treat.  Like in the old days, when I had David Pickles as my minion.  He loved ice cream, and would find me a drumstick once a week.  It was heaven.  He was a good minion. :)

But once my pulmonologist had sent me to pulmonary rehab, and I began making workouts habitual, it just wasn't something I wanted or needed, Ice Cream.  I have a NuStep.  Go see it HERE!  This was one of the pieces of equipment they had us use in rehab, and it was my personal favorite.  It's one that I use at a sustainable rate.  When I was first in rehab, I used it for 11 minutes, but 5 minutes, then a 5 minute rest and then the last 6 minutes, and that was with no resistance.  Today, or at least before this cancer hit, I was doing an average of 38 uninterrupted minutes a day, at level three resistance.

Right now, though, um, not so much.  Still, I get on it and do what I can because I don't want to lose the habit it has become.  And it's still good for my lungs!  I love my NuStep, and it's probably the reason why my lung disease has been stable for a while, now.

So, anyway, now I get to obsess about my weight in a whole new way.  YAY!  Blech.  I'm going to ask my MO about something like Ensure or Glucerna, because frankly, liquids do not hurt as much as solid foods, pulverized by chewing or not.  Wendy says they have quite a few liquid nutritional supplements by prescription only, so maybe that is where we can go.  I don't care; I'm just tired of the pain.

And on that uplifting note, it's Sunday afternoon, and I think I shall take my 'toons back to Azeroth and go Trick or Treating!  Hasta la vista, folks!

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