And now it begins…okay, so I’m a few weeks into the Road to Recovery, so it’s technically begun already and I’m feeling like it’s going slower than a snail on a speedway. I’m doing my best though to put it all in perspective. It’s not like I’m some out of shape celebrity trying to lose weight for my next film. I’ve got a year and half’s worth of toxins pumped into my body that need addressing as well as the weight gain. Weight is just easier to focus on for some reason it’s everyone’s favorite topic.
Road to Recovery Rule #1
Do NOT listen to anyone who tells you it’s not going to get any better~ I know I get a little disheartened when I look in the mirror or struggle to bend down to pick up something, but if I were to believe all the nay sayers that I’m never going to look or feel even close to how I did before I started all this then I might as well give up, light up a cig, order a super deluxe pizza stuffed pizza and wash it down with a keg of ale. No fkning way people~ I will be gorgeously healthy looking and mobile and be able to brush my teeth without seeing blood in the sink by fall or my name isn’t Ali (you’re not the boss of me) Gilmore~
First things first, I made a list of all the side effects I was left to deal with in the aftermath. I crossed out the ones that have already resolved:
- chemo brain
- excess weight (just over 50 lbs) – snail’s pace, but the needle is lowering on the scale.
thick, puffy layer under my skin incredibly pale skin
- bloated belly – improving somewhat
- joint stiffness/inflexibility- one day it’s notably better and the next I can’t turn my neck but, a couple inches either way.
- tendon aches – one day it’s fine and the next I’m walking like a geriatric
- pain just under the skin of the belly – neuropathy – painful to the touch
constant frog in throat–
- hip/joint slip – I’ll be walking or standing and suddenly my joint will slip as if I’m going to fall
- bleeding gums (only when I brush my teeth, which I do every morning and night)
- Inability to sleep through the night (I’d wake up nearly every night around 3am for at least an hour)
- General exhaustion – improving noticeably, but still slow to wake up in the mornings and struggle within ten minutes of exercising.
Then, I got a team of experts together to help me combat them all; Oncologist (Dr. H), Holistic Practitioner (Frank), Chiropractor (Dr. E), General Practitioner (Dr. P).
I’ll write a separate blog for each one of them and how they tie into this labyrinth of a get well scheme.
Next blog will be about Frank Jasper and the meaning of “holos”.
Till then…Cheers to Life~