Yea! My baby is home! After 10 days of being away, Ethan is finally back home. While David and I enjoyed some quality time together, the house is just not the same when Ethan isn’t here. I think this is the longest we’ve ever been apart, so I am quite happy to have him back home. He had an enjoyable vacation in Universal with his dad. He even bought gifts for us. For David: a Simpsons’ Christmas ornament with Homer stringing some lights with donuts (since David is the one who brings in all the donuts and bad snacks into the house!). For me: a coffee mug from Harry Potter…house of Ravenclaw that say “wise”… since that’s the house he thought I would belong to. That made me feel good!
We enjoyed a nice dinner tonight… portobello burgers and corn on the cob on the grill and a delicious salad of leaf lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers from the farmers’ market. I marinated the portobellos and they were delicious! The Balsamic Marinade was excellent!
Today started my lovely 24-hour urine collection. There has to be a better way to do this! I’m just glad to be almost done. I got a good work out on my leg muscles as I got to squat over my bucket! (Well, it’s not really a bucket, but I don’t know what else to call it.) Great visual, right? 🙂
I did get my PTH (parathyroid) result back and that was in normal range. (By the way, I do always encourage everyone to get their own copies of all their test results. The lab I go to uses Health Vault, so I get an email when the results are sent to the site, and I can keep all those results electronically.
I discovered some new resources this weekend, thanks again to my friends at Plant Based Junkies (PBJ)…
Vegan Potato and Rice Dishes by Jessica Eiss
Fat Free Vegan by Susan Voisin
And an InstaPot G-BOMBS Facebook group…I’m hoping to learn more about using my new gadget!
IMDb: Grilled (2006)
This morning I was back to the lab (again) for a few more blood tests related to my recent ER visit for kidney pain. Three tests: uric acid, calcium, and PTH (parathyroid hormone). Additionally, I picked up my container for a 24-hour urine collection. Oh, yay. I guess I’ll do that part on Sunday and return it to the lab on Monday. Yes, you need to pee directly into the container. I did this once before, many years ago, and I suffered from “shy bladder” since I was so worried about missing the container! Really looking forward to that, but I’m hoping all is clear on the test. If it isn’t, my urologist will be recommending that I take Allopurinol. My goal is to not end up taking any prescription meds.
I don’t go back to the urologist until the end of August, since the 24-hour collection takes 4-5 weeks to get results. I’ve been drinking a lot more water since my ER trip and am hoping that helps. (I know. Duh! I’m trying here!!)
For my birthday, I had asked for an Instant Pot. I had never heard of such a thing before joining the Facebook group “Plant Based Junkies” but people in that group swear by it. It is a “7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer”. I can’t wait to try and will let you all know how it goes. (Note: there is a 6-in-1 version as well, but my hubby got me the better one, of course!) 🙂 Thanks, honey!
I tried a new recipe tonight: Spicy White Bean Pitas, from Dr McDougall’s Quick & Easy Cookbook. They were pretty good, although a bit messy! The mixture that goes into the pita was a little wet and dripped through the pita. And I had trouble finding the alfalfa sprouts in the grocery store (which I now think should be optional). But other than that, the recipe was pretty good if you like spicy!
IMDb: The Lab (2011)
Yes, there is actually a movie with this title, a “mockumentary comedy” from 2004. I Googled movie titles with the word calcium, just for fun, and was surprised to actually hit upon something!
As you can tell, today’s blog is about calcium. As I mentioned in a prior blog, my primary care physician had ordered a repeat of blood work from my pre-admission tests back in mid-May because my calcium levels were elevated. He asked if I was taking a supplement at that time (I was, to counteract one of the side effects of Femara) and I was ordered to stop the herbal calcium and repeat the blood work.
In the meantime, I had asked my urologist about the “elevated” levels and he indicated it was nothing to worry about. I was only slightly elevated and, from a cancer standpoint, I need only be worried if it was in the 11-12 range. (Note: the normal range is 8.5-10.4 or 8.7-10.2… depending on whose scale you look at.) In looking back at all my lab results from the start of chemo, my calcium levels were always on the high end. My repeat blood work in May was 10.2. So within the range, but high end.
About a week or so ago, I was surprised to get orders in the mail from my urologist to have additional repeat blood work. The script included calcium and PTH, which of course I had to look up. PTH is parathyroide hormone which “acts to increase the concentration of calcium”. Further investigation of parathyroid disease led me to a page that explained how this resulted in high calcium in the blood. And before you think I’m getting paranoid or reading too much into this, guess what some of the symptoms of parathyroid disease are? “Bones hurt. Don’t sleep like you used to. Wake up in middle of night. Trouble getting to sleep. Headaches.” Sound familiar?
Again, I”m not worrying unnecessarily, but I certainly will be interested in the results. The thyroid was one of the areas that my naturalist made recommendations to strengthen, and there were just too many coincidences for me not to investigate a little further. I’m hoping all is well, I just found the linkages to be quite fascinating — and I learned something new, even if it turns out (hopefully) to be nothing. I am grateful to my urologist for pursuing this. It never hurts to be too cautious.