Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Worth More Than Gold - Your Good Health!

Click here if you want to see my slip resistant Glass Slippers for work!

I bought them at a uniform store, filled with scrubs, and a few styles of shoes.  These shoes are very comfortable, and although my right foot was still sore by the end of the night, it was dramatically better.  I think I need to wear compression socks too.  Do they make anklet compression socks?  I'll let you know.  I think I need an orthotic insert too, might help.

I am seven months out from chemo, and the neuropathy in my right foot has not changed.  Uh, I don't think this is going away.  I am so thankful I no longer have it in my hands, but it is really an adjustment to work in such a physical job with a lame right foot.  Tonight before work, I took 600 mg. ibuprofen, and had my new shoes on.  My shifts are typically 5-6 hours long, and right about hour five my right foot was getting very achy and tired and felt swollen.  I may have to take ibuprofen prior to each shift, and probably about 4 hours in.

I plan to talk to The Good Witch about this; I don't know if this is a good plan as far as the ibuprofen, or if I need to consider one of the drugs specifically for neuropathy.  I see her in a couple of weeks for my 3 month check-up.  I was actually supposed to go last week, but I rescheduled because I wasn't ready to do my necessary labs the week prior to the appointment with her.  I'm not ready to get poked and poked and nuttin comes out.  After the vein debacle during my hysteroscopy, my right arm needed a rest, and so did I.

Speaking of getting poked, Robin had his annual physical today, which included two immunizations.  He was so anxious about getting those two shots, I could see the apprehension on his face and it's all he asked about on the way to the appointment.  "How many shots am I getting Mom?  Doesn't a tetanus shot really hurt Mom?"  Two little shots.  That's all.  He got through it just fine, and as we drove away, he said "I'm so glad that's over Mom, I've been nervous about it for a week."

I smiled.  I thought about my year of living dangerously, the apprehension and anxiety prior to each procedure or treatment.  Getting my port in.  Getting stuck for chemo.  Chemo itself.  The seven days of shots after each AC treatment.  Weekly labs.  Emptying my drains each night and sometimes getting too much suction in the drain, ooohh that hurt.

I am even surprised at everything a breast cancer patient goes through, and I did it!  Several of my Sisters that I correspond with are in various stages of treatment, and when I listen to what's going on with them I feel just awful and cringe, and then remember, I DID ALL OF THAT.  I know I keep saying this, but now that it's over, I still don't know how I did it, the freakin breast cancer triathlon of chemo/surgery/radiation and all that damned poking!

I'm with Robin; I've always had a fair amount of anxiety over shots, or giving blood.  Now after my year at Cancer Camp, and with all the problems I had with my little petunia veins, I am almost phobic about it.  I need to find a solution for this, in a big way, because I will continue to need labs done at least every three months for the foreseeable future.  I need to discuss this with The Good Witch too.

Be thankful, be exceedingly thankful, if you have never had your health or wellness compromised.  Keep it that way!  Eat right, exercise, manage your stress, do the things you love, get good sleep, meditate or pray.
Do everything you can to invest in and protect your good health.  It's the best gift you can give yourself and the people that love you.

For those of us whose have had a serious compromise to our health, in my case cancer then CANCER TREATMENT, it is doubly important.  I am committed to taking better care of myself.  Right now I'm working hard to get back on the horsey, and slowly add new habits and practices every day that promote my wellness, and reduce my risk of recurrence.

I know now more than ever how valuable good health is.  Feeling good in your body every day is an incredible blessing, and is so easily taken for granted.

Every day I will do good things and make good choices and practices towards my good health.

I never want to go through anything like this again. 

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