I thought I’d pop on and let you all know how I’m doing. I know it’s something you all want the answer to but no one wants to ask…so here’s what I can tell you.
On the diet front….I am doing great! The diet has never been better and never been any easier. A little background for anyone new. I’m on a low-iodine diet for two weeks as part of my test prep for my thyroid cancer testing.
Here are some of the reasons why I’m doing better this time around…
1-I am only cooking for myself. There are no childcare kiddos here that I have to feed. There is no husband here that I have to feed.
In the past, I’ve had to cook meals and do the prep for everyone and after all of that was done, I’d have to figure out what I myself was going to eat. By then I was tired and had just fruit. I never ended up eating anything that was a real meal.
2-This time around I took time and prepped some food and put it in the freezer in individual servings. I made a batch of stuffed green peppers, a batch of chicken and noodles, and a batch of spaghetti with my yard sauce that was safe to eat. I simply grab one and put it in the refrigerator and when I don’t feel like cooking something new, I eat it. Easy peasy.
3-I found a website and Facebook group that helps people eat a low iodine diet. This is the Facebook Group…This is the website. The website isn’t the easiest to navigate but it’s doable and has needed info.
The people from the website food companies and ask them what type of salt they are using. If they say NON-iodized, then the food is put on a safe list and people on the diet can eat those products. For example…my favorite bread is on the list.
Previously when I was on the diet it was no bread unless it was homemade. Now I don’t have to make bread. I can just have this with peanut butter-no salt peanut butter or course.
4-There are so many more foods available. I last did this diet in 2019. Since then the food industry has gone out in full force making more foods that fits what I need.
I adore a little chocolate after a meal. It is something I’ve missed when I’ve been on the diet. No more. I just pop a few of these. They are totally legal for me to eat.
There are plant-based or coconut-based products that aren’t too bad.
There are so many more options and I’m appreciating them so much.
Anytime a person can go to the refrigerator and have options, it’s a good day. That’s how it’s been for me! Do I love the diet? NO. But it’s so much easier this time around. No complaints from me at all on the diet front.
The oral chemo front…I have some complaints…
Sunday I was a mess. I’m doing some better now. That was by far the worst day.
I was warned that it would be hard once I was on both the diet and the oral chemo. They were right. I started the low iodine diet on the 22nd. I listened and drank all I could but Sunday, it got me…and the side effects of the chemo drug are catching up to me too.
These are the most unflattering pictures ever. I am not posting them for sympathy. I am posting them because I wish that I had seen pictures so I knew what I could expect when I started oral chemo.
This was not the worst day. This was Friday. It got worse Saturday and worse again on Sunday.
I’ve never had good skin but this takes my not-good skin to a whole new level. My face is SUPER sore. These blemishes are really deep. It hurts to wipe my nose. I’m been getting zips in my lip and hairline. My face oozes and feels tight. It hurts in a way like I had a really bad sunburn and I have to move.
My scalp is covered with the same stuff.
Friday I put a message in for my doctor. Of course, no response as it was Christmas Eve. By Sunday I was pretty rough and called Kalissa to see if she had any suggestions. She told me to try Benedryl. I didn’t have any. Karl was traveling and stopped and got some for me. The Benedryl knocked me out. I took a nap. That never happens.
That night I took some again. I slept well, woke up and my face is not oozing. It’s sore. It hurts a lot but it is not as bad as it was.
So I think I’m going to have to stay on a regiment of Benedryl and just plan for naps. It’s not my ideal but hey…if it keeps me from being in such discomfort over the rash, I’ll take a nap. I think I’ll try to only take it overnight so I’m not so zonked during the day. We’ll see.
I can tell I feel a little groggy and slow. Actually, my brain is a little that way too but nothing terrible. I had big ambitious plans of getting stuff done while I was off. That’s not happening. I write a couple of blog posts, do a couple of things that have to be done and either cross stitch or sew. Not much else is getting done…and that’s okay.
We had snow last night. Not a lot. My neighbor came and cleaned the driveway and walks for me. What a treat! I’m so blessed to have neighbors, friends, and all of you cheering me on. I’m hanging in there and every day takes me one day closer to finding out if this all is working.
Many thanks for the thoughts and prayers that are sent my way.
My doctor responded back to a message I sent. I was to take a picture of myself and send it to them. Apparently, I have a bad case of lesions from the oral cancer drug. I am to stop taking it for a day or two or three until I feel like the rash is a little more controlled.
I am super thankful that we can do something about it. It was really hard to wear a mask as it rubbed my face but a girl has to do what a girl has to do to get her meds. I’m on the mend…yahoo!!