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Old 02-10-2023, 09:18 PM   #436  
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Trish, drinking the water will bring your blood pressure up. Are you still buying those 2 special waters you were buying? You especially need more water to replenish the fluids you are losing from vomiting and potty issues.

Scale is down .4 today back to 181. I was going to skip weighing but I changed my mind when I started to feel thinner, light. I am hoping I can extend my fast a little longer today. I'm reading a book about fasting and its benefits and I've decided to try harder to stay in my eating window. I do best with 5-6 hours of eating. I'm definitely eating when not hungry! This book I'm reading says that a dirty fast is not a fast. Only a clean fast gives you the benefits. Personally I think you still get the benefit of eating less food. I don't know if I could do a clean fast for very long.

This will give you a chuckle. I had 2 bags of paperwork down stairs, old bills, etc. I wanted to go through them and take out bank statements and receipts for paid taxes, then put the rest thru the shredder. DH told me, "By the way, I shredded those 2 bags of paperwork you had downstairs." So I hope I never need the bank statements or tax receipts!! He gives the bags of shredded paper to step daughter. They use that to start the fire in their outdoor fire pit.

By the way, step daughter's car broke down and it's in the shop waiting for parts. I sure hope the bad luck stops following her.

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Carol Sue Yes that did give me a chuckle. I love how they try to help us sometimes when they should have asked us first. I keep thinking DH needs to take over paying our bills until we get past this because I don't trust me to always pay the bills, but he has had to take on so many things I am not able to do right now and I have no idea how chemo is going to affect me. When I can't think straight, I can get behind on the bills. He did all that until he had is heart and cancer problem when I took it over and he never took it back. So I know that he is very capable.

My sleeping hours have switched on me and I told DH that I'm afraid i'm starting to sleep late like he does. The only thing is that I'm staying in bed until 10:30 or 11 am. It really depends on how I sleep. Last night I couldn't get comfortable because everything felt like it was pushing up against my breast bone. When I finally was able to sleep, then I didn't want to get up when I normally would have. One nice thing was that my bp was up some around 106/54 which is a lot beter than it has been. FBG was 118 again today. I want to try to do 15 minutes on the recumbent bike even if I have to do 5 minutes 3x. I am working on drinking more water too.

I have one large chicken breast in the oven and I am going to eat half of it and add a potato with light sour cream and broccoli for dinner. DH will the other half and beets and salad. I have some fruit to snack on later. Not sure I can eat another meal.

I was wondering if your step daughter got the job that is close to her home. I hope she does.

I weighed this morning and my weight is 188. I know it has more to do with the cancer than weight which oncologist says chemo will take care of, but I still hate seeing that number again.

Have a good day.
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Trish, I don't understand how you can be gaining weight when half the time you aren't eating very much and when you do you either throw up or have potty issues. But you're probably right that its the effect of the cancer. , It sounds like you had a nice meal today so I hope you feel good afterwards.

We had a terrible time at the casino and came home early with no money. This has to change.

I am under 1000 calories today and right around 50 carbs. I'm happy with that and I hope the scale is too in the morning.

Step daughter didn't hear about the job but she's still looking. She doesn't have a car to drive to work anyway.

I don't think it matters if you sleep later as long as you're getting sleep.
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Carol Sue sorry your casino trip was a flop. Maybe next time will be better. I hope the scale will be nice to you tomorrow.

I had 718 calories and net 83 carbs. That is better than I have been eating but I probably need to get my calories at least to 1000. Hope to get a good nights sleep so I can get up early because BS and her DH are coming over tomorrow to bring the things her DIL's Daddy sent me. So I need to get up early enough to be ready when they get here.

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Weight is exactly the same, 181.6, but I weighed after a boiled egg and 2 cups of coffee. The 48 cabbage rolls are in the oven, ready at 2:30, and the halushky is on the stove, ready shortly.

I didn't get much sleep so I might nap, maybe during the football game.

Hope you feel better today, Trish.
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Carol Sue Glad the scale was nice. Hope you get a good nap.

I read more info on FB Keto for Cancer and I've come to see that I need to do a strict keto and just not worry much about the fat as long as I don't go overboard with it. It still seems to be the best way to control this situation and perhaps even reverse it or at least get it into remission. So when DBS comes over I am going to send the starchy food I have with her to take out to her sons family. No more potatoes, bread, pasta etc. The doctor on there says that carbohydrates turn into sugar 100x faster than sugar and that the more carbs you eat the stronger the cancer is. So I see this as no other choice but go keto.

Today will be pork chops and green veggies. I wanted breakfast but didn't have the energy to cook it and the time got away from me. I may have the eggs I took out later this evening.

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I got a short nap about 1 hour while the cabbage rolls cooked but hope to get more later, maybe go to bed early.

Trish, I think you are making a good choice to get rid of the starchy foods. There a few Keto experts who say you don't have to eat high fat to be keto. One is Maria Emmerich who says if you eat high fat your body will burn the fat you eat instead of the fat on your body. I understand your are doing this to combat cancer but it might help with your weight, too.

I'm sorry you are still low energy. This might not improve much for a while. Just continue to eat healthy and drink enough water. I think your DH will take care of things such as the bills as needed. He knows what you are going through and that you are doing as well as you can.

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Carol Sue your cabbage rolls sound good and if I had the energy, I might would try making a keto version, but not able to at this point. I'm glad you got a good nap.
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Trish,,the cabbage rolls would be Keto using cauliflower rice instead of white rice and anytime I had cauliflower rice my mind said "rice" so I doubt if it would taste different. But if I changed my recipe DH would kill me. But it is a long process and I agree you couldn't do it without energy. I have a high stool I sit on while I roll them. DH blanches the cabbage for me.

I thought of you last night when I got an email from the cable company telling me my account is past due. I checked my checkbook and it says I paid it but I pay it online. I checked my bank account and it was not paid. I probably got interrupted in the middle of paying it and didn't finish.

We went to Wal-Mart and Goodwill this morning. Eggs are now less than $3. I was surprised. Now I'm waiting for other prices to come down.
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Just a quick check in. Last night was a bad night. I threw up until around 2 am and didn't want to get up this morning. DH called the oncologist office and the nurse called back. She sent me instructions to eat crackers and eat small meals, but I've been afraid to eat much of anything. I had eggs this morning and nothing else but a few crackers because I've had a lot of acid. It seems a lot of this isn't going to change until I have chemotherapy.

I didn't weigh this morning nor did I check any vitals.

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HI friends: wow Trish, sounds like things are really difficult right now. And you haven't started chemo yet? I hope you get some answers at the doctor's appointment.

I have not been fasting for a while. I find it too hard to go more than 24 hours, and even that is hard. The carbs make me crave carbs, so I need a keto day. But I am supposed to eat some gluten every day. Its also kind of nice to eat food I have not been able to have for 5 years, so I am just letting it happen. I have to do a clear liquid diet and no food for a couple of days before my procedure, so that will help, I plan to go low carb afterward and stay that way, and do more fasting. Thats 3 weeks away now.

We all have our health issues. Its a certain age I guess. I am also dealing with some plantar fasciitis that I want resolved before my trip in July.

Carol: are you having difficulty sticking to plan as well. Your weight is down from when I left, you were about 190 then I think.

I will keep checking in every couple of days. I am having good days for energy and getting things done right now. I am not working at all except the volunteer work for my community.
I think after years of working in a very responsible job, being responsible for the business, as primary breadwinner for my family etc, I just can't handle being responsible for much. I had an old friend over for lunch last week and was chatting about it, and it dawned on my that the very thought of responsibility was upsetting to me. If its just a while, thats ok, just me letting things go a bit.
But if that is an early sign of dementia, well, that is what I truly fear. I know my mother retired early and looking back, we were pretty sure she just could not handle the stress, and it was an early sign. After that she closed off her life and went out less, had fewer friends. Guess what, we have all been like that since Covid19 hit. So people don't think much of it now if we don't go out.
So DH and I are making the effort to visit with more people and go out a bit more.

I hope everyone has a good week. Blessings for improved health, especially for you Trish.
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Trish,I am very sorry to hear you were sick again. This is terrible. I understand this is just what you have to go through right now. I wonder if these are 2 different issues? Not just the cancer but also the stomach issues that took you to the hospital in the first place? I always thought that people got sick after starting the chemo. Do you know when your treatment is supposed to start?

Mad, I'm sorry you have been having issues,too. I know how the carbs have been a problem for you. I hope the tests resolve you issue and its not too serious. Lower abdominal pain is what I had before my bowel perforated and it was caused by diverticulitis. But it can probably be something else. My pain was lower left side.

I had Covid in early December. It was mild, but I lost my appetite and quickly went from 187 to the mid 170s. I did not have loss of taste or smell. The loss of appetite lasted long, but if I ate, the food tasted very good. I just didn't have my normal drive to eat. My eating is back to normal now. I gained about 5 lbs back but I'm able to hold around 180 and I'm continuing to try getting back in the 170s. I have never been able to stay on plan. DH has carbs in the house all the time, but I can't completely blame it on him. I need to resist. I try to keep carbs below 50 and my eating window at 5-6 hours. I'm about 50% compliant with either.

Right now I think DH is on a diet. He never says so, but he has not been eating as much and he's been walking on the treadmill daily. At his doctors appointment the doctor told him he looked very good for a man of his age. I think that gave him incentive. I think he could stand to lose 20 lbs. Its just in his belly.

I have never been a big socializer. I like to spend time home alone. My mother was the same way. I know this is a sign of depression but don't think I'm depressed. When I worked I never had much time to myself. I like to read and spend time on the internet and those are not things you do in a group. I don't seem to have the same interests as people who were my friends. Also, on SS we don't have money for a lot of activities. My husband's interest in gambling fills in the gaps. I don't see this changing.

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Today I have had the following so far:

Scrambled eggs
1 SL toast with butter
1 slice of tomato

1/2 tuna salad sandwich on SL toast
2 slices white American Cheese

548 calories. 22 grams carb

Mad,I remember when I traveled to Canada that the cheese was called Canadian cheese. I usually buy 1/2 lb. This time the girl gave me 1 lb and I accepted it. So we will have to eat more than usual so it doesn't go bad. I might wrap some of it tightly in plastic wrap to keep it fresh.

I buy 2 tomatoes each week. DH makes me mad. He cuts a slice then wraps the tomato and puts it in the fridge. When he wants another slice he uses a new tomato and does the same. He is the same with condiments. If I but a new bottle of ketchup or jar of mayo or mustard he throws the old one away. I buy the smallest they have. If I buy a new package of cheese he opens it. Won't finish the old one. I use those smaller pieces to make cheese sauce etc. I try not to waste.

30 minutes of exercise again today. Yesterday my exercise was walking in the stores.

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I am feeling better today. Weight was down 1.2 lbs but not sure it will stay. The only thing I ate yesterday wa 2 scrambled eggs and cracker because of the acid reflux. Today I've had applesauce and crackers and could eat scrambled eggs again if I can get DH to cook them for me. FBG was 115.

Carol Sue From what I understand or have experienced is the problem I had yesterday happens when I eat something that becomes a problem in my gut. When DH talked to the oncologist's nurse, she told him that I will probably have to have the fluid drained off again before they start the chemo. I have to tell you that is something I am not looking forward to. I don't know when all this will start becuse I have to see the gynocological oncologist first and that is next week. I assume things should gt moving after that.

Fatmad, I pray that your procedure will help you get the answers you need and won't be very serious.

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Trish, I'm glad you felt better today and hope this continues. Its good if you can eat something and keep it down.

We had spaghetti and meatballs because I didn't want to go out. Its going to be warm tomorrow. We might reach 70 which is unbelievable for mid February. Maybe we will go out tomorrow. Sooner or later I need to get on the scale and face the music. I hate the scale.
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I forced myself to get on the scale and it stayed the same, 181.6. So either my weight is staying the same or the scale is stuck. Blood sugar is out of control, though, probably from the spaghetti.

I don't think step daughter got that job. She never heard back from them. I thought she would at least get a letter saying sorry but no. She will keep looking.

I hope you're doing well, Trish.
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