Today was a follow up appointment with my oncologist (or rather, the nurse practitioner):
- I got the results of my dexa scan (bone density test): NORMAL bone mineral density in the left femoral neck, lumbar spine, and left forearm. I learned that we will monitor potential osteoporosis from the Femara via dexa scans every two years. Additionally, I asked if I would see a dip in my calcium numbers, so I can monitor when I might need to re-start an herbal calcium. (You may remember that I was taking one earlier and my calcium numbers were too high.)
- All my blood work looked great! Everything was in range. At my next visit in July, they will also draw blood work to check my tumor marker.
- My blood pressure was 138/74. I didn’t learn this until I read my paperwork afterwards. I wish I would have asked her in the office, as I would have had her re-take it. My BP has NEVER been that high. I do wonder, of course, if it is yet another lovely side effect from the Femara, which does increase your risk of heart disease.
- She recommended that 50 mg of B-6 twice a day would help with the night sweats. The B Complex that I am currently taking only contains 9 mg, but luckily, my hubby had a bottle of 50 mg tablets so I will start that right away and see if it helps.
- I followed up on my colonoscopy. I have been waiting for them to retrieve a copy of my 2008 colonoscopy before they will schedule one, but I think this is about my third follow up…
- I told her about the confusion around my MRI and she didn’t seem interested in doing anything about it, but I pursued and she agreed to leave a note for the doctor (who is on vacation this week). I had called the surgeon yesterday to follow up on this issue (again). They seem pretty adamant that there was nothing implanted, as a plastic surgeon was not present, and they agreed to assist. I faxed them the “addendum” but haven’t heard anything back. Boy, you sure do need to be your own advocate!
- I did complain about the Femara side effects and the NP said it “gets easier as you go” but that seems to be completely untrue based on what I read. I’m giving a shot for now, hoping all the herbals help minimize the side effects, but we shall see if this is something I continue long term.
Tonight I made one of my best vegetarian meals to date! I found a recipe for quinoa stuffed portobellos which was delicious. Ethan thought it was great, and even my carnivore husband enjoyed it. I’ve provided the link to the recipe below. (Note: I did not use the pine nuts and there is a random reference to raisins…ignore that!) I also fried some breaded zucchini but used (unrefined) coconut oil, a first for me. Wow! What a difference in taste. They were excellent and so light! I highly recommend it.