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Jun 18, 2017 08:26PM
First of all, I don't know what I've been doing for the last 10 days. I've come back and read all of your posts and appreciate the insight into possible problems with rads in the future. I completed 4 rads so far, so Monday starts my second week.
Oh, I know what I was doing for half the time, my husband was away for work for 5 days and I was alone with my son for the first time since diagnosis. It was a lot more work, even though I had a friend help me 3 afternoons with my son and whatever I needed. (He is 9, so somewhat independent.)
I'm sorry to you who have infections, fungus, digestive problems, really bad skin problems. So far everything is OK after 4/33 - 38 sessions. So what is the cornstarch for? I read that some of you are using it and some have been told not to use it but where are you using it? Is it on your radiated skin or is it a deodorant?
I am sorry to hear of so much fatigue that many of you have and will be coming for me too. :-(
On weight gain. I never lose more that 3/4 lb a week, so 7 weeks I could never lose enough weight to make a difference. And I'm not even losing 3/4 lbs a week, maybe 1/4 - 1/2. It was interesting to read all of your statements about weight loss. I've learned more here than anywhere else.
On diet, I'm eating more healthful, trying to eat more protein. I eat chicken and fish. My friend helped me make salmon patties and I actually liked them. Apparently the wild salmon is what I should eat and at $23/ lb for not so good looking fresh salmon at Costco, I would rather eat canned wild salmon which is really fresh and they cook it in the can. It makes a good deal of difference on which canned salmon you buy. I bought the red salmon, which is the really good stuff. I recognized the can from my parents pantry in childhood (I never had it), so I chose the salmon by the illustration on the can. Glad I chose the good stuff. I tried frozen salmon patties from Trader Joes and they were horrible. My friend (who likes salmon patties), said TJ had horrible salmon patties. That is how I decided to try the homemade type. I'm eating quinoa salad, which I have learned to make, less sweet stuff. Less white flour/rice, and more whole wheat. My neighbor brought me veggie Ethiopian food and it is served with injera made from Teff (a grain), I assume it is whole Teff since it is brown.
I think I'm going to make a habit of eating Ethiopian vegetarian once a week. I know most of you have no access to Ethiopian food, but I live in an area where there are dozens of Ethiopian restaurants and stores. All the restaurants used to be in downtown Washington DC, but we now have 3 times as many in my DC suburb as in DC. I'm just thankful Ethiopian food is so close now. Anyone else eat Ethiopian?
Got some great fruit at Aldi today, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon and cantaloupe, I haven't eaten the last 2 yet.
I'm making a shake that I like that fills me up, not one of those kale shakes, I just can't imagine. But about 8 oz of plain lowfat yougurt, 1 package of vanilla (sugarless) Carnation Instant mix, about 4 big strawberries in a food processor. And then I add either some chia seeds or milled flax seed. This is very good and I recommend it. I had to get the sugarfree Carnation Instant Vanilla at Walmart (shipped to store) where my husband picked up. We don't have any real Walmart stores around here, just the tiny ones in Washington, DC.
I would like to talk about creams you are all putting on. I was given a prescription for PruTect cream. Each tube is 45 grams and the 2 tubes together cost $140. Kaiser has given me a grant so that prescriptions and visits at Kaiser there is no copay for a year. (I have to pay copay for radiation, due to in not being at Kaiser. ) In 4 days I am almost thru the first tube, maybe 1/3 left. I'm not sure if I will get any refills, I hope so.
Here is a review of Prutect http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drugreview-153633-PruTe...
Glad to have read all of your progress, congrats to you who have finished. I won't finish until Aug 4. Thank you for updating.
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