Wheeeeewwww.....................................I have wanted to sit and share about my last three weeks but man o' man what a month May has been. I have been sicker than I have EVER been in my entire life. I think it is safe to finally sit and post an update as it's very possible that I am FINALLY on the mend.
The last round of chemo I got was Monday April 27th and lets just say EVERYTHING changed after that day. My body just didn't recover. I kept getting sicker and sicker. I usually feel badly for about 48 hours or so but this was something different. I kept trying to black out, (see previous 911 post) my blood pressure was all over the place, I was running a fever, I was super dehydrated and kept needing bags of IV fluids. I kept getting bladder infections and was so weak I literally couldn't sit at the table to even eat dinner. I was short of breath and having horrible stomach pain. It was like my body was just D-O-N-E! I was so sick of being poked and tested and peeing in cups and having hands and fingers stuck everywhere and yes I mean EVERYWHERE that we (Dan and myself) got desperate and called the Holistic Dr./Nutritionist in Loma Linda that I used to see. Our insurance doesn't cover her and it's very expensive but I was certain if I didn't get help detoxing my body I was going to die. I was really, really scared. I couldn't even stand long enough to make the kids breakfast or drive Ryanne to school or anything. Even showering took to much energy and that's supposed to feel good. I went to see Dr. Wellhausen who now has me on a VERY strict food "lifestyle" and some supplements to clear out the chemo. I am feeling much better although still weak and I have lost some weight from not being able to eat for so long, but am definitely feeling like their is light at the end of the tunnel.
I have made the decision to not go back on the drugs at all and do it all with nutrition and natural things. It's really very difficult to do it this way and takes LOTS of discipline but pray for me cause I know it works if I can keep up with it. Dan and the girls are in huge support and are doing it with me. So here it goes if you want to get really healthy, trim and fit. Oh and its a sure fire way to get to your ideal dress size. :) NO wheat, NO gluten, NO dairy. ALL organic, NO high fructose corn syrup, and NO life. Just kidding about the last one. Well, sort of. I know it sounds crazy but we did it for 2 years faithfully before I fell off the wagon so to speak. If you want more info on this "food life style" let me know and I can help you out; oh I can see the hundreds of comments coming in now dying to join me. I have a feeling it's going to be a long lonely road. :)
Before I log off I want to tell you one other thing I learned this past month; it REALLY does take a village to raise kids. If you don't have one go find one cause one day you will need them.
Thanks to my mom and mother in law for taking turns staying with me so Dan could go back to work.
Thank you Marianne for being such a great friend and neighbor and taking the girls out of the house so much so I could sleep.
Thank you Andrea for taking Ryanne to and from school.
Thank you Bridgette for bringing by the sweet card and book to keep me occupied.
Thank you Joanna, Stacy and Juanita for checking in on me so often and reminding me that you are praying for me and offering to take kiddos and help out.
Thank you Allie for coming by and staying with me and cleaning the kitchen so Dan could get a break.
Thank you to everyone who called, text, stopped by, prayed, added me to prayer chains etc.
Thank you Donna for driving me to the Dr.'s appointments, urgent care etc.
If I missed you I apologize and please know that you are appreciated and part of the "village" that has helped me get back on my feet.
Last but not least thank you Dan for doing the dishes, laundry, making all the healthy meals, driving the girls to piano, swim practice, music recitals, swim-athons, park day, school, for calling Dr's to get answers, driving me to appointments, following the ambulance to the ER, tucking in kiddos, grocery shopping, vacuuming, praying for me, making me laugh when it really wasn't funny and listening to me cry and freak out all the while going to your stressful job that requires so much of you. I Love you!