day 149 – follow-up

Well, I guess I intuitively knew what to do last night when I stopped taking the estradiol and the progesterone this morning.  Feel better already and my Dr. believes all roads lead to hormonal imbalance/trouble.

I am on the mend.

For the last 21 days, I have ceased using any artificial sweeteners, soy products, non-fat/low-fat anything or processed foods.  I have consumed only whole foods.  I am drinking only one cup of coffee.  I am exercising, increasing my walking from 3-5 miles/week to about 10-15 miles/week.  I am sleeping better and apparently have brought my body to a place wherein I do not need supplements or HRT.  At least, that’s what we are presuming (my wonderful woman doctor and I).

Today, I took a blood test to check twelve different important markers.  In about a week, I should have all of the results. In a month, my physician and I will meet again but we will be e-mailing throughout.

Tweaking, checking up and being aware of how your body is functioning is a loving gesture.  It is a caring contribution towards your health,  a gift to your devoted family and a  benefit to the gentle friends you are so fond of.

While I sat down to get my blood drawn, I noticed the phlebotimist’s name. “Oh, that was my friend’s name.” I said.  “She has since passed away.” I added, tears welling.

And so a discussion began about ovarian cancer and how we don’t get regularly tested and it’s the last thing doctors look for when investigating a woman’s complaints.  How it is very insidious.

“They should book it when you book your mammogram.” I  reasoned.

“Yes.” she affirmed.

“So, why don’t you say something?” I innocently queried.

“They don’t listen to us, it has to come from the patient.  The patients should make a stand and demand an annual test be given.” My dead friend’s namesake replied.

So, I am going to take even more responsibility for my current health and ask my doctor about it in my next email.  You might want to do the same.  My mammogram is scheduled for Monday. I would be happy to get the ovarian CA 125 blood test or some sort of something to keep tabs on that, too, right?  I will ask.

We need to encourage, inform, support and remind each other of our maintenance schedules.

Here’s your memo to listen to your body and monitor your symptoms.

No one knows you best and you deserve the best life you can possibly live.

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