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Monday, May 20, 2013

I had a double mastectomy on Valentine's Day to be followed by breast reconstruction. I have been following a crooked path from surgery to plastic surgeon to infectious disease doctor to hospital outpatient for IV therapy. I have redness on the suture line on what remains on the right side of my breast. I also have some swelling there which is on the side where a lymph node was removed for testing. It had been fine without swelling when the drains were removed. We've been treating what we thought was an infection there, and I have been on different antibiotics now for six weeks. Reconstruction is at a standstill. I have had two inflations through the ports into the inserts and am now looking at summer coming, wanting to swim or do aqua aerobics. I did the "climbing the wall exercises" as well as some others for the mastectomy range of motion and chair exercises to rest my achy arthritic knees. We have steps in the house that I climb, pulling myself up, hand over hand at least once a day for showering and laundry. I was doing a little tai chi before the redness showed up and the doctor said, "Stop doing so much!"


So I bought the Spark Solution, hoping that it would help, and I think it has. The book didn't arrive until after the first week of the first challenge had already started. I bought a load of groceries and started reading. I tried some recipes and I liked what I tried. They are tasty and filling. I've lost 2.5 pounds with what little exercise I have been able to accomplish even though I didn't eat all the meals listed in the first week. I didn't have the energy to cook every night, but I ate the leftovers from what I did manage to prepare and was satisfied. I began measuring more carefully and paying more attention to portion control. I'm eating more fruit and more veggies and more yogurt to help prevent side effects from my antibiotics. I'm not eating candy, have cut back on my dark chocolate and have switched totally to whole grain bread which is very tasty. I'm putting old fashioned oatmeal in my yogurt. I making a few swaps. I am hoping to be able to begin the two week diet in the Spark Solution again after the doctors run some more tests to check out some other possible explanations for my redness and swelling. Is it just irritation on that side and not infection? Sometimes it just takes time to figure things out.

I'm taking baby steps as I read and use The Spark Solution and hope that even these small changes will be of big benefit as time goes by. So far so good!
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  • IKACEY
    Baby steps taken slowly but steadily will get you where you want to go. Don't give in to being discouraged.
    Besides, we are all having such fun on the Central Australia trek, and we need your posts to join you in our fun!
    IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

    2840 days ago
  • NANA2PRINCESSES
    Wishing you the best as you continue to recover. You are overcoming some serious obstacles and I admire your courage as you continue your journey toward health and wellness. I am also finding the Spark Solution useful. Thought I had read all the books and went into it not that optimistic, but the food suggestions and just plain portion control have resulted in a modest loss.
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    2840 days ago
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  • ALIHIKES
    Best wishes to you as you recover from the surgery and as you await the outcome on the further test. It sounds like you have taken plenty of steps for healthy living. emoticon emoticon
    2841 days ago
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    Wow , I am so sorry to hear of this news but , I see that you are handling the situation well . Another book to pick up id Cancer ( Step outside the box) by TY Bollinger - in recovery myself - here if you need a buddy !! Hugs Karen emoticon
    2841 days ago
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