All Systems Go!

5 08 2011


I missed chemo again this week. Drag. Serious drag. I need to get back on my regimen.

When I went for my pre-chemo check-up on Monday, I was running a fever. I had no idea. I felt great. Just coming off our trip to Indy and a fabulous week with my little boy, I was on top of the world. And then.

And then I had a fever. Which threw the office into a tizzy. What did the fever mean? Was the infection that had landed me in the hospital still unresolved?

As I had completed my round of oral antibiotics two days earlier, the consensus was that likely a small amount of the infection remained, was trying to gain a foothold, was behind the fever. And I can’t have chemo treatment until all systems are go.

Here we go again, I thought. Blood draws, cultures, pokes and prods. I began to panic that I was headed for the ER and even worse — readmission. It’s only been a few weeks since my hospitalization, so I’m still shell shocked and it doesn’t take much to get my mind going down that path, my heart racing, beating so hard I’m sure it’s going to explode out of my chest.

Long story short, the docs put me on one more week of antibiotics. Whew. That could have ended so badly, but thank God, it didn’t and I was home Monday night snuggling in bed with my boys.

No fever since Monday — and that was the only time that day I had a fever. Strange.

Saw my Infectious Disease doc yesterday (I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing until my recent hospitalization!) and she said I’m looking great. In fact, when she walked into the office, she looked at me, then at my cousin Lori Parker and said, “You both look terrific! Who is the patient?!” Quite comical.

All is healing, inside and out. She cleared me for chemo for next week. That is excellent news. Let’s get on with this and get it over with, as I’ve given my cancer a deadline.

Yes, a deadline. It has until Jan. 1, 2012 to GET OUT. I’ve been telling it that daily — that it’s not welcome in my body and it’s gotta go. Vamoose. Skidaddle. Bye-bye. And it will listen.

There is a huge mind-body connection in all of us that we are just now beginning to understand and take advantage of. I’ve been learning all about that, as well as the importance of including exercise, meditation/yoga, supplements and the right foods as complements to a chemotherapy regimen.

I had a hidden agenda when I was in Indy. As the people who know me well often say, I always have a hidden agenda. Those wheels in my brain are turning, and very quickly at that. They are flowing freely — no oil necessary.

I’ve been delving into the world of biochemistry and it is not only fascinating, it is a huge component of both the “now” and future of successful medical treatment. Understanding our biochemistry — each of us on an individual basis — can also keep us from ever having to go down the “sick” path by keeping us healthy. So, in Indy, I saw one of the foremost biochemists/MDs in the field. He will follow me and I will follow his advice to the T. More, much more on this soon.

One small nugget to share with you: peaches have been found to be an amazing food for us. They’re in season now. The branches of the peach trees at the orchard near our house are drooping under the weight of these juicy treats. I’ll soon be making peach jam with my bffs Lisa and Lindsay, as well as freezing some fruit for winter. Get out there and get yourself some peaches to munch on. Your body is craving them. Trust me.

Meanwhile, I’ve been cleared for something else — waterparks! No lakes, no hot tubs, per my ID doc yesterday. But…pools are A-OK, so Theo and I are off to the waterpark today with our friends Marnie and Nate. And the weather for this outing couldn’t be more perfect. Yahoooeeyyy!

Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson

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14 responses

5 08 2011
elaine

What great new pools and great day to go! :)

5 08 2011
Maija Kibens

Amy, a peach of a conclusion to a jarring moment! I don’t know how your cousin Lori looks but I know from your Indiana photo that YOU look terrific! Love the deadline you’ve set up — I know what a formidable source you are. Happy waterparks! Lots of love,
Maija

5 08 2011
lori

her cousin Lori also looks terrific!

5 08 2011
Karen

I think the waterpark is a Dr’s order, you Go Girl! Say hello to Marnie for me too. Enjoy!
Lastly I challenge you to hit ALL of the waterparks in MI and OH! : )

5 08 2011
Carol Clemens

And Amy, Eat some watermelon while you are at it–another food found to be loaded with goodies our bodies crave! Down here it’s like medicine in this heat!

5 08 2011
Ken and Gay

Glad to hear your encouraging news from all the DRS. of whom you have quite a “collection”!!! We all know how you “collect” friends, and pets etc. etc. (we will not mention umbrellas) and now DRS.!!! After all what else could we expect from our Amy she is one of a kind for sure!! Enjoy the Water Park on a perfect Summer Day!! Hugs K. and G. XXX000

5 08 2011
Kimberly DeMoss

Amy I am so glad to read that you are doing so well again. Yay! Keep up the good work! :)

5 08 2011
Bob Adams

When I was young we had a peach tree in our back yard–huge peaches. I would perch myself on a branch and eat and eat. Must be why my friends are getting old and I’m not. :-) I ate lots of watermelon too–normally procured around midnight, and straight from the farmer’s field (alledgely).

5 08 2011
Deborah Ann Peters

Happy square day…….check
eviction notice………….check
eating peaches………..check
loving Amy……………….well of course!!!!!!!!!

5 08 2011
lori

Skeedatttttle, vammos, outa here…yep, that what you said. (hillbilly version)
Love ya a bit…

6 08 2011
margaret jarose

amy, aunt marg will be buying peaches, is thats what it tales,will comply. keep up the wonderful posts. Have fun at the water park, good clean fun.

7 08 2011
fkulzim

Great post. Iespecially found it useful where you state.
keep your wonderfull life…^_^

9 08 2011
Sara Nickerson

That is wonderful news, Amy! Best wishes to you and your family. Keep up that positive attitude…it really does help!!

9 08 2011
fkulzim

all system go…

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