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Old 02-15-2023, 02:38 PM   #451  
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Carol Sue Glad the scale stayed the same but sorry the FBS is high. Mine has finally settled back down to 115 for the past few days. My weight stayed the same as yesterday too 186.8. So that is good.

I go to meet the nurse who tells me what to expect and how to handle chemotherapy and then meet with a lady who will help me get help paying for all this stuff. So will have a busy couple of hours.

I woke up with a whole new attitude that I hope I can keep. Although I still experience the heaviness in my stomach which may be why I have the pain in my upper left side, I realize that this is something that I have to face and go through whether I want to or not. It is up to me how I do it. DH had a dental appointment so I had to fin for myself and I did pretty good. His FBG was wild because I'm not cooking. So I've got to get on my low carb diet. I'm not sure I will do keto but I can keep it low carb. I need to start moving more and get myself ready for the treatments I have to go through. It is up to me as to how I come through it as I'm told my attitude has a lot to do with it. No time to feel sorry for myself.

I made chicken wings for us to eat before we leave. The difficult thing for me is that I have to learn to eat small meals during this when I've worked awfully hard to get used to eatting only 2 meals a day. Oh well, you do what you have to do.

Sorry your step daughter didn't get the job. I hope she finds something good soon.

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My appointment with the Chemotherapy nurse went very well. It was long but very informative. I will see the gynocological oncologist on Wed, Feb 22 and start my chemo treatment Thurs, Feb 23. In the meantime they are in the process of setting up the way of funding all this.

I will have a total of 6 chemotherapy treatments that will last 5 1/2 hrs each with surgery after 3 of them.

I found out the biggest complaint of all the women who have ovarian cancer is the fluid build up in the gut like I have. So evidently everything I am experiencing is normal for the situation. It doesn't help the way I feel but at least it is nice to know.

I admit it is all scary, but the sooner I get started the sonner all this will be behind me.
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Trish, I hope your meeting with the nurse went well. Its good to have a better attitude because you're right, you are going through this either way and its best to just accept it and do your best. . My main concern for you is that you feel good. I understand that your cooking is what keeps DHs blood sugar down but you might not always feel up to cooking. Maybe you can find some lower carb alternatives for him to eat.

For some reason I had potty issues then I felt really tired. I fell asleep in my recliner but kept waking up so I went to bed for 3 hours. I feel much better now but soon it will be time for bed and I might not be able to sleep. I just ate a hot dog for dinner so I think calories are under 1000.
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Scale went down .4. Better than nothing.

I slept so much yesterday and last night but am sleepy again today. Naps yesterday from 1-2, 4-5, 5:30-8:30, then bed 10:45-7 am. About 13 hours. I know that the naps are not good sleep but still I should not be sleepy now.

I had an egg Mcmuffin for breakfast. We are going to the casino later. Who can fall asleep in a casinio?
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Weiight up today, but not surprised. I heard from the oncology office and I will probably start chemotherapy Monday hopefully if I can. The nurse had hoped to get me started then and I said Thursday after my gynocological oncoIogy appt., bit I am so miserable today that I am actually ready to get started with everything. So hoping for a phone call today to set it up for Monday.

Sorry you are feeling so tire all the time. Hope going to the casino won't be a bad idea and will be a good day for you.
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Trish, the sooner you start your treatment the sooner it will be done. I hope its not too bad for you and you will be in my prayers, always.

The casino will be whatever it will be. He enjoys it, or he's just addicted to it. What can I do? I'm addicted to food, so I can't complain. I just do what I have to do.

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The casino was ok. We did not win but did not lose. We brought home all the money we went with, so that's good. He got to have fun without losing any money. It's been a while since we actually came out ahead.

We didn't eat anything there so that's good, too.

I read for awhile and gambled for awhile. I'm reading a book about appetite correction. I hope I learn something from it.

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Carol Sue I'm glad y'all came out even at the casino. I hope you are feeling better than you did before you left.

My day ended up better than it started from eating breakfast. I probably won't eat in the morning since we go to the primary doctor tomorrow. I had DH make copies of the cancer meds they are going to give me during chemo as well as the meds I take before and after. I like him knowing what is going on with me.

Hope to have a good nights sleep tonight and that you get a good restful night yourself.
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Scale finally went down. 180.4.

At bedtime I tested BG and it was 214. I felt that was impossible. I hadn't eaten since 3 pm and it was midnight. I always heard if you get a reading you don't expect, test again. Tested again, 104. To be sure, I tested with my other meter. Also 104. I don't know why I got the 214. Probably something on my finger. To make this even better, I woke up to BG 105, No DP. So this is my proof to myself that its my fault when I get high blood sugar.

Trish, with your DH working in the medical field he is knowledgeable of medical treatments. I think he will be a big help and support to you. Also, he is aware of his own health needs. My DH is complete opposite. I talk to him about testing blood sugar and I think he should learn how to test and know what the numbers mean. But he has no interest. That's why I have to test very often and work at controlling it. If something happened to me he would have no clue. When I was diagnosed I knew nothing. They gave me a meter and told me to test, and record the number in a booklet. They told me nothing about what to do if my number was high, or low. I asked a woman at work who is type 1. But she used insulin and I did not. I read books, and I read online, to learn what I know now. Otherwise, who knows what would happen.

So you should trust that DH will willingly take care of you.

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This book I'm reading is about appetite correction. He specifies a 5 hour eating window and says most people can live with that, and others may go to 4 or 6. I'm hoping the information in this book may help me stick to my window. I believe I had good results yesterday because I did not eat after 3 ish. But I'm not always good at that, especially if I'm under 1000 calories. My brain knows MFP does not permit that and I often feel that I'm owed those other calories. I am so used to MFP but maybe I need to switch. But in this book he says you have to follow this eating window for 3 weeks before you see results. If I don't see results in a few days I usually figure its not going to work for me. Maybe since I have been doing 19/5 off and on I might be able to adapt sooner. I so want to do something about my runaway appetite.

I understand your eating schedule will go through a change while you are going thru treatment. Its important that you get your nutrients but there will probably be times when you won't feel like eating. It might help if you eat part of your meal and eat the rest later. I wonder if you could work the protein shakes in there. Or maybe Ensure or Boost. I think there is a low carb version. Maybe you could buy frozen entrees like Lean Cuisine for times when you don't feel well enough to cook. Or maybe you could prepare meals ahead on days when you have more energy. Its too bad you don't have someone around who could help with cooking. When I had to work late DH cooked a few good meals. It was either do that or McDonalds every night. He does breakfast now but rarely dinner.

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Carol Sue Glad your bs is coming down and the weight as well. I did pretty good on the 19/5 and 20/4 eating windows and liked eating that way.

They want me to eat breakfast but I'm used to not eating it and I have to be so careful as to what I eat because it can cause me problems. But contrary to what I have heard she said others who have gone through this says that on the day of chemo to tell newbies to be sure and eat something before they start the IV is started that day. I have to believe those women have a reason for saying do that. She said I need to bring something for lunch and I've been trying to decide what that would be. I'm always so cold that I thought about getting a small thermos and take soup to eat. Not quite sure yet, but I will figure it out.

Still got to go see primary today so will BBL.
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Trish, I was reading a cancer forum and there was a discussion regarded fasting vs not fasting. Several people said they did not have side effects if they fasted and others said it made no difference. It might depend on the type of chemo you have.

Here is the site. The posts seem to be a few years old.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/abo...r-chemotherapy
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Carol Sue, Thank you for the site. I did read it. I am thinking that it might haave to do with the chemo meds used because my nurse told me that all those who have had ovarian cancer told her to be sure and tell us newbies to eat the morning of the infusion. Plus she said to eat lunch while I'm there. So I plan to do that this time any way. If I have any problems, I can fast next time.

My primary told me that I may not can take the Lasix because it is drying me out so I need to eat more protein. I know I haven't been eating much protein since all this happened. So tomorrow I am getting back on a semi-low carb/high protein woe. I'm not really doing it to lose weight right now but to protect my kidneys during all this ordeal. I've decided to start eating my eggs for breakfast again and on the day I have chemo, I will have eggs for breakfast and make a chicken salad to take with me to eat during the treatment plus a lot of water to drink during. I'm going to try to get back to exercising gain starting tomorrow. I think I've pretty much got my routine of Nexium to keep me from having upset stomach and haven't had any problems with pain today. We got fried chicken and I got a breast and wing and I had made some macaroni and cheese. I ate it very slowly to be sure I chewed it as fine as possible and I haven't had any problems today. So now I need to start working toward eating healthy and exercising again.

My doctor has been asked by our hospital we use to open another clinic in the area so he is moving across town and he told us today that he is moving in July to the new office. There will be him and one other doctor in that office in the beginning and eventually there will be 3 of them. I told him I didn't want to lose him so we are going to move with him. We have to drive further but we will just make plans to do something with my sisters when we are on that side of town. My A1c was in the 5s can't remember exactly. DH was in the 6s. His improved and mine was not as bad as I thought it would be. He did tell me that my FBG was going to be over the place during this so not to worry about it.

I got a call from oncology but I missed it so got a message to call them Monday to set up the appointment for my 1st chemotherapy next week.

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Trish, it sounds like you have your plans in place. You can see how it goes this first time and make changes as needed. I also wouldn't be concerned about weight but you might still be losing. If your A1c was in the 5s you are still doing well. So is your DH with his 6. I would drive farther to see my doctor too. Mine used to be 1/2 mile from here and now he is 5 miles away. I chose him 30 years ago because he had evening hours which I needed when I worked. I don't think he has evening hours anymore with this group. They have Saturday and Sunday walk-ins just like Urgent Care. I think the doctors take turns working week ends.

Yesterday at Rodneys I ordered French Onion soup. I had never had it before but I should have known better. It was ok, but not a favorite. Overnight I felt terrible. I had gas so bad. I can eat a little bit of onion but that was too much. My stomach rebelled. I felt like I was going to throw up but I did not. A couple hours later I had a BM and felt better after that but I ended up with only 4 hours sleep. On top of that the scale is up to
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I made tacos for dinner and I ate 2. Since we ate at 2pm I should have a longer overnight fast. I figured out that I'm eating too much at a time and that makes me sleepy. I read an article yesterday that said eating until you're full can make you sleepy. So now I have another thing to work on. I'll get there.

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Carol Sue I can eat food cooked in onion soup, but I am not an onion soup eater. Gladd you feel better. Your homemade tacos sounds good. I may have to make some for us sometime soon. I really would rather make my own than to have Taco Bell. Their meat texture seems to say to me "not real" beef.

We are having fried swai fish today and I will have a combo green bean and asparagus left overs plus a small helping of lentils. DH will have a salad and his navy beans with his. I am working having 1075 calories and net carbs of 49 g and 82 g protein. I had 2 eggs and 2 sl bacon for breakfast and will drink protein shake tonight to get my much needed protein. I have plan to get 15 minutes of exercise on the bike and 5 on the viberation machine. I am going to work on doing that 5 days a week until I can work back up to 30 on the bike and 10 on the vibe machine. Hoping that along with my low carb eating that some of this swelling will come down.
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I enjoyed my home made tacos. DH doesn't like the hard taco shells so I buy soft tortilla shells and heat them in a dry skillet for a minute or 2. I chop lettuce and tomato and buy shredded cheese. If I have onion I chop onion. I also like to buy a small jar of taco sauce but DH doesn't eat that and I end up throwing it away. I also don't like the taste of the Taco Bell meat mixture. I have some seasoned meat left over with chopped lettuce and tomato so I might have a taco tomorrow. If the kids were here I might have some other toppings but these are the ones that we like.

Your food for the day sounds good and healthy.
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Scale is up to 183 but that's after eggs and toast and big cup of coffee. Could be from sodium in taco seasoning,or lack of sleep lately. Fitbit says I napped from 4-7 yesterday but in my recliner is never good sleep.

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