I can't believe all this snow we are getting. Hopefully it will help with the drought, at least some.
Monday, February 27, 2023
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
My cancer journey began last summer with a questionable mammogram. I've done well since then through all the tests, scans and surgery
Then came the pills!
Anastrozole, is their name.
And I crashed one night last week. I don't want to write about the details, trust me, it was bad.
And for someone like me, who always trusted in my strength and resilience, it was shocking.
In the days that followed, I looked into this medicine and its side effects.
I knew the medicine reduces my estrogen levels in an effort to prevent a return of my estrogen-fueled cancer.
As it turned out, there were two things I didn't know.
I didn't know how severe a reaction I would have as I began to feel the results after a month on the medicine.
My mind, my emotions, and my feelings took a sudden turn down into a very deep and scary hole.
I'm fine now, I've read the document the pharmacy supplies with medicine, the one written in the smallest print ever.
Researching this, I also learned that the lower your estrogen, the higher your blood sugars. Which explains why I've had such a difficult time controlling my diabetes lately.
And when your blood sugars are high, your brain gets cloudy, you can't think as well, and everything just becomes so difficult.
The combination of high blood sugars, lower estrogen and difficulty sleeping caused my breakdown. Scary stuff!
I feel better emotionally, but my blood sugars are still scary high, requiring scary high amounts of insulin to control.
I've never in the 33 years I've had diabetes experienced anything like this.
It's clear to me now that if these estrogen-reducing pills don't work out, I will take my chances with the cancer returning and skip the pills.
Or risk all the horrors of Type 1 diabetes gone wrong. Which is just as horrific and deadly as cancer gone bad.
And right now I have diabetes.
I do not have cancer.
And being able to manage my diabetes is now my main concern.
Finally, I'm wondering if I'm making a fuss about nothing, just some pills that should help me in the long run.
After all, I don't need chemo, this could be so much worse.
I will let the oncologist and my diabetes team know what I'm going through.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Sunday, February 19, 2023
Thursday, February 16, 2023
I was bored one afternoon recently, so I decided to go online and see if I could find pictures of various places where I spent time earlier in my life. I found a lot, which will of course be more fascinating to me than to you, but I still want to share.
Here are a few that I found:
Enskedefield elementary school where I started my education in the fall of 1947. I was seven years old. In those days it was called a folkskola, where most or all children went for their first four years of school. After that, a child had the option to transfer to a school that would lay the groundwork to higher levels of education, sort of like the American middle and high school.