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Scale Report for 5-6-17

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Two weeks ago: 184.8, Fasting sugar 116
This week: 184.6, Fasting sugar 106
Loss: -0.2 pounds

Thank you to all who are praying for my 38-year-old son who has cancer. His treatment cycle continues for another 2 1/2 weeks. Some side effects are improving while others are increasing. I'm very proud of how he is managing both the physical and mental effects of the cancer and its treatment. Your continued prayers are welcomed and appreciated.

A lot has happened since I last dropped in to say, "Hi!" I flew home from Houston (where my son is being treated at MD Anderson) to Louisiana last weekend in order to enjoy a quick visit with hubby, my other two adult children, and all the grands. It was a perfect weekend despite how short as it was.

Friday evening, hubby and I took toddler grandson to a play. We went to see DGD4 who had a speaking part as a dwarf in a high school production of Shrek. She also had several other supporting roles that included costume changes, singing, and dancing, but no lines. Toddler grandson was a little wary of big, green Shrek and scary, creepy Dragon. Other than a brief "I wanna go home" during one of Shrek's in-the-aisle songs, he enjoyed the singing, costumes, and dancing. Seated with us in the audience were 4 more of our grandchildren, and manning the snack bar was their dad. Seeing the play and visiting with the grands was a nice contrast to the hallways of MD Anderson Cancer Treatment Center.

Saturday afternoon, hubby and I took toddler grandson to see an elementary school production of Beauty and the Beast. The show wasn't scary since it targeted a youth audience. Little one enjoyed seeing his older cousin play several non-speaking parts. Hubby and I enjoyed seeing our grandson on stage and visiting with DD, DGD2, and DGD2's boyfriend who sat in the audience with us.

After the matinee, we took toddler grandson home and enjoyed a nice dinner with him, his baby sister, his mom, and his dad (our youngest son). On going to bed, I immediately fell asleep. My flight back to Houston was early Sunday morning. It had been a a quick visit home, but I was able to catch both plays and visit with everyone...a nice mental break.

I missed an official WI last Saturday. Today's small WI loss of -0.2 and fasting sugar of 106 (80-120 is normal) surprised me. I expected a gain and higher blood sugar for a couple of reasons...

First, my son can no longer tolerate the smell or mouth texture of the Jimmy Dean Light English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches we had bought. With each passing week of radiation and chemo, what tastes good to him or what can be tolerated changes. In fact, just the smell of the breakfast sandwiches nauseates him. So as not to waste the breakfast sandwiches, I've been eating them. It won't be long before the last of them is gone. However, on my own doctor's orders, bread (of any kind) is a no-no.

Second, my son wanted the convenience of hard-boiled eggs for breakfast in lieu of the breakfast sandwiches. He also wanted to include seeds in his diet because the cancer nutritionist said they were good for maintaining regularity. I bought pre-peeled, hard-boiled eggs, Dave's Seed Bread, Dr. Kracker's Seed Crackers, almond butter, and all-fruit jam. They worked at first, but as his inner throat became sore and dry from treatment, the seeds from the bread, crackers, and jam caught in his throat. Not only that, he soon discovered the smell of a hard-boiled egg nauseated him. I found myself eating bread and butter with hard-boiled eggs and crackers with fruit spread as a snack so as not to waste the food or the grocery money we had spent.

Long story, short...I'll take the teeny, tiny 0.2-pound loss and consider it a gift! We turtles never look a gift horse in the mouth!

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    *hugs* I would throw out the food. If the doctor says to not eat bread, please listen. Your health is worth more than a few dollars.
    1501 days ago
    Sounds like a much deserved weekend, even if it was a whirlwind.
    A loss is a loss is a loss.

    Sending strength your way and healing vibes to your son.

    1503 days ago
    ((((HUGS))))) Glad that you got to visit your DH and your kids and grandkids.

    So sorry to hear that the radiation is changing your son's food preferences. That is difficult to deal with. Hope he gets to feeling better.
    1503 days ago
  • TZAPP22
    Continued prayers for your son's recovery and for your family as caregivers. You are doing really well under these trying circumstances. Glad you got to spend some quality time with your grands..
    1503 days ago
    I am sure his taste buds will keep changing. I'd say only buy very small quaintness of these items if it keeps turning out that YOU will eat them. Maybe offer the to your hosts to use up.... you may be "wasting money" on items you can't eat.... but you are harming your long term health ... that is a much higher cost to you!

    Glad to here you got a break and got to see you family. I am sure you needed it.

    Still sending your sin payers and you and your hubby too!

    (Gluten issues can also cause the throat problems , so be mindful of that too)
    1503 days ago
    I'm glad you were able to get away for some G'Kiddo time (and respite from the hospital). Good for you!

    LOVE the maintain-- nicely done.

    I continue to pray for your son-- he's going thru so much, and you, his sweet Momma, as you try to serve him in every capacity. This is priceless time together. emoticon
    1503 days ago
    Continuing prayers for you, your son and family. You seem to be managing your food ok, as your weight and blood sugar show:)
    1503 days ago
    Prayers continue for all that are dealing with the affects of cancer - they are much different for each member of your family - it's amazing how adaptable we can be when needed. How is hubby doing with HIS health with you gone? is he behaving and eating like he should? Hopeful your son gets to return to his home once his main regimen is done and can continue with occasional outpatient visits, and that his senses will come back around to "normal". Hugs!
    1503 days ago
  • PJ990003
    I was out of town last week too and wondered what happened as I looked for you (and prayed all was ok) all week. I love your blood sugar levels, you may have discovered you are different and do well with bread. My honey does and with the lower fat milk products his A1C has dropped from 7.9 to 6.4 since January. I know this is a hard time my prayers continue going up for all of you.
    1503 days ago
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