I’m back in the Chemo Room right now, which means I’m confined to a recliner and an IV pole for the next several hours. It’s one (more) thing I love about the Chemo Room: no lists, no rush, no To Do’s. I’ve got time to use my brain.
It’s an early day in the Chemo Room. Oncology doctors, like all doctors, tend to cover their hospital rounds (very) early and then see office patients later. It’s rare for me to get an appointment before lunch. (Doctors have long work days–especially the good ones like mine.)
Today is the day that I get all of my cancer-fighting oncology drugs:
-Faslodex is a shot I get every four weeks. It’s 10mL of gelatinous fluid injections, 5mLin each cheek. Yes, it hurts.
-Herceptin and Perjeta are IV biological drugs that get dripped in through my port. I’m ten minutes into my 2+ hour drip right now.
This morning I also drank my cancer-fighting juice: I blend up carrot, beet root, bok choy, kale and broccoli in my blender, strain/squeeze it through mesh bag and drink the 24 oz of juice that I’m left with. It’s a recipe I got from Dr. Clean–he’s been a great resource in wellness for me. He and others recommend adding a granny smith apple to the mix to take the edge off, but my theory is that the apple would make it taste only slightly less terrible, and there would also be more volume to consume. I prefer it in it’s power-packed form. (Sometimes I don’t have all five ingredients on hand, so I’ll sub out spinach, celery, broccoli sprouts or whatever vegetables I have in the fridge.)
Truth: it does not taste good. Truth: it’s really good for me. I don’t know who is more surprised that I’m drinking this concoction, me or my parents. I was always the picky eater, but I stand by the fact that most of my issues were textural. The fact that I can drink this stuff is evidence in that camp. It feels good to make healthy choices, so that’s what I’m trying to do. My blender is one of the best purchases we made; I use it daily, sometimes multiple times a day. A food processor is next on my list so that I can expand my list of healthy things to make. I’m also on the hunt for some good no-sugar sauces: things I could add to stir fries and roasted or raw veggies. Let me know if you have a good recipe or brand recommendation: the only requirement is no sugar. I’d love a thai plum sauce, a barbecue sauce, a hoisen sauce, peanut sauce, etc.
Greta and Maren watch me make this every morning. I usually make them their own smoothie, and they have two favorite recipes:
Berry Power: yogurt, milk, any kind of frozen fruit we have: peaches, berries, bananas and spinach (Shhhh! Don’t tell the girls I add spinach! They don’t know and they can’t taste it.)
Green Monster: milk, banana, spinach, peanut butter, chocolate protein powder or cocoa powder. For some reason, they accept that this one is green and drink it happily.
Sometimes we add chia or flax seeds and we experiment daily. These are fun because the girls like to help.
I’m trying to weigh the balance of time and energy and cost against the benefits of living and eating well. I feel like I just keep taking the next step and that’s the best I can do. Cooking has never been my favorite thing, but I do get satisfaction out of it.
Today I saw Rockstar, Dr. Wonderful’s nurse practitioner. She says that my tumor markers and cell search test (blood tests we do every three months) came back with perfect numbers again–I’m so blessed! My body says: Healthy! And I want to keep it that way. I’m taking steps to infuse as many healthy elements into my life as I can. Cheers to healthy routines!