I had two procedures last Friday – a balloon endoscopy to look into the section of my stomach that has been sectioned off as a result of gastric bypass, and the intestines that are attached to it and a colonoscopy. This was all part of my annual screening as a result of my Lynch Syndrome diagnosis. Both tests came back clear. Pink and healthy and no evidence of polyps or anything else. I have text-book RNY pouch and I’ve been taking care of it – no stretching to my stomach, no indications of ulcers or anything else that can typically occur with bypass patients. I have been religious about taking my acid reducer every day since surgery – very important for someone who has a pouch of stomach acid that has nothing else to do because it is no longer used to break down food.
I met with my endocrinologist yesterday who confirmed that my glucose levels are much more in line that they were after chemo, but he will still monitor me closely. As a result of the Graves’ disease, he’s keeping me on a low dose of metformin to help counteract the hormones and aid the metabolism – for now. He also indicated that since it has only been two weeks since my thyroid treatment, there has been no change. I don’t go back for 6 weeks. Until then, he has me on the thyroid diet – which is very similar to the bariatric diet I *should* have been following. Protein, veggies, fruit, good fats (including cheese and olive oil), and only at meals. No sauce on my meat, nothing that has added sugar (like fruit juice of any kind), only the items listed above. I was subbing butternut squash and pumpkin for starches, but he said no to those. Nothing to drink but water, club soda, black coffee or tea that I make myself (with nothing added – no herbal tea because it may have sugar on the leaves). The reasoning is, when my thyroid bottoms out, my metabolism won’t work without added hormones and it can take up to year to get the dosing correct. I will need to stick to this eating plan for life so my weight doesn’t swing back up and my glucose levels remain healthy.
He also indicated that more than likely, I’ll be able to come off the heart pills I have been taking every day since my heart attack in ’03. I take a small dose of a beta blocker. I think my cardiologist might disagree, but we’ll see.
The endocrinologist also said I will feel really shitty in a couple of weeks.
In other news, I have a friend who was one of my best friends in high school. He has a son who is 13. Over the summer, his son started to have some leg pain. When they got it checked out, the found a cyst in his thigh bone that had nearly eaten its way through. Osteoscarcoma. The son (who I will call Jason to protect privacy) has been undergoing treatments at one of the top children’s’ hospitals on the East Coast – AI Dupont children’s’ Hospital. (So good, Jen Arnold and Bill Klein – the Little Couple – have taken their children their for treatment). He has had some chemo and it has been rough, not only on Jason, but on his dad Mike (name also changed). Last month, Jason lost his hair because of the chemo, so I knitted him a chemo cap of soft purple yarn (his favorite color). This past weekend, Mike and his ex-wife had to tell Jason that he was going to lose his leg at the hip. How in the hell do you tell your 13-year-old that on top of everything he’s going through, he’s going to lose his leg as well? I mean, you and I, as adults, can reason and say, “Hey, better my leg than my life,” but how do you reason that to a 13-year-old, a few weeks before his birthday?
My heart is aching.
I’m making Jason a purple blanket to take with him to the hospital. Because I can’t fix the cancer. I can just smother it in love.
Sigh. Fuck you cancer. You should pick on us adults, who can reason and fight you – leave the kids alone.
Prayers most graciously accepted for Jason and his family.