Glad to gain 10 pounds..
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Last year was devastating. Cancer showed up in 2 lymph nodes in upper abdomen. Had 16 rounds of chemo. Dr said not working, stopped treatment and gave me a list of hospices. Was in such terrible pain. DD and her DH kept my appt to see Dr. He told her my CT scan showed cancer in my spine. NOT!!!! He didn't tell me that.
She took me by ambulance to the hospital that her Ob/Gyn practices in. She had obtained all my records and gave them to her Dr. Further CT scans showed no cancer. Spent 70 days total in hospital between last week in Apr and finally coming home for good on Aug 2nd. I had several in and outs during that time.
My new normal is a Supra Pubic Catheter, a Colostomy and a Nephrostomy tube in my left kidney. Not fun things to take care of, but it beats the alternative. Having Vaginal Cancer and the damage the cure (Radiation and Chemo in 2015 and 3 types of Chemo in 2016) did it was necessary.
Started out 2016 at 188 lbs. Lost 20 more during my chemo treatments. When I went into the hospital, my taste buds were messed up. Nothing tasted good. Hardly ate. Even had someone bring food in that I normally liked and only took a few bites. Then I knew it wasn't the hospital food. Lost 38 lbs in 2 WEEKS. My sister came to visit and didn't recognize me.
When I finally came home I weighed 130 and looked like death warmed over. Had great nurses in the hospital. When I was readmitted later in July there were some that asked what I was doing back. Even the non-nurse personnel who took me to Interventional Radiation recognized me.
Have had a lot of PT and am getting stronger each day. Bought new clothes, bagged up old and took to Goodwill. Now with all these new clothes and having put 10 lbs back on I will have to watch it. I did want to lose weight over over the years, but not this way. I'm glad I had the extra weight to lose.
Had a PET Scan In July and again in Dec with no evidence of Cancer. Will repeat every 3 months to monitor it.
Hoping to have a better year in 2017.