Sunday morning I woke up and same as last weekend the bandages got to come off. Ahhhh, felt so good. Everything looked good too and I was wanting to get out on the bike. So, in order to support the 1 1/2 day old sutures, we put the bandages back on and went out for an easy spin. There was some bandage slippage, but besides that the ride went pretty smooth.
Today, I got out for an easy ride this morning before my afternoon Huntsman appointments. Once again, it felt great to be on the bike. This afternoon I met with a Lymphedema therapist and Nutritionist at Huntsman.
Lymphedema therapist: Basically we reviewed precautions, took baseline measurements, and Shannon and I were shown manual lymph drainage. I also had a compression sleeve ordered for air travel.
Nutritionist: Huntsman offers free Nutritional consultation to all patients. The following is what was recommended:
-Guidelines call for 800-1000 units of Vitamin D/day, however this nutritionist recommended getting closer to 2000 units/day
-Fish oil supplements with both EPA and DHA. Take 1g/day.
-Be sure to get daily recommended amount of Calcium as chemo can cause osteoporosis
-Adopt a primarily plant-based diet. Fish, poultry, meat, or low fat dairy should cover no more than 1/3 of the plate
-No more than 18 oz. of lean red meat/week. Deli meat is not recommended.
-3 1/2 cups of fruits and veggies every day.
I pretty much do all of these things already (with the exception of the supplements) but it is still interesting information and something I plan to follow diligently.
We also discussed me starting to use Chia seed (MILA). My friend Stacy introduced me to this and it sounds ideal for a person fighting cancer. Chia is a food (kind of like flax seed) and it is incredibly nutrient dense. It is supposed to help improve cellular health and that is exactly what I need right now. The nutritionist gave me the green light to start this.
I have also started making green smoothies. I admit, they are kind of disgusting, but they are incredibly nutrient dense so it is worth it. If anyone has a (relatively) yummy green smoothie recipe please send it my way.
On top of this I have been continuing with my visualization. I envision my immune system killing all of the cancer cells in my body. I have even ordered a CD to help guide me in this process, although I find that I am fiercest in fighting the battle when I am on my bike!
Most of all I am hoping for a little luck. Some luck came my way this weekend when the Saffell's brought me a beautiful lucky bamboo. Hopefully this bamboo will work its magic this week.
I am really frightened for what the future holds.