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Posted Oct 03 2010 4:47am
Those of you who have gone through the trials of dealing with cancer know how good it feels to feel good. It's to be revelled in.

Platitudes abound when you feel good. Joy reigns supreme and it's as if a mood swing took a swing for the better, and you feel plain good. And isn't it grand to enjoy the good feeling while it lasts?

I have been feeling great the last couple of days and have had to be held back in order to keep from celebrating too much. My voice is about 95% returned. I can eat without throwing up right away and, best of all, I can actually taste the food I smell.

I still get tired and have to take a nap in the middle of the day but that's part of the new normal we hear so much of.

I contracted an intestinal infection while in the hospital. Turns out my immune system is very weak so I have to take precautions to avoid being infected with germs. I wear a mask to the store and when we visit any medical facility and I sanitize every chance I get. Crowds breed infection you know.

Our nurse advised me to avoid fresh flowers and crowds if possible. Pets also harbor germs so that means no puppies for this dog lover and I don't like cats. You can't pet a fish so they're out of the question.

I overate today and paid the price just as I was retiring for the night. Hurled everything I had in my stomach like Old Faithful. Strangely, it made me feel better and I was able to go right to sleep. I slept until almost 4 am, something I haven't done in a while.

It seemed like my nights were going to be broken up into hourly intervals in which I would have to take a drink of water to wet my dry mouth. For some reason I took to sleeping with my mouth open which I never did before and boy is it uncomfortable after a while. Felt like I had sand dunes in my cheeks. Last night I slept with my mouth closed and it was great.

Funny how the little stuff moves from the mundane to a more important level when you have been dealing with serious illness. So much for not sweating the small stuff.

Glenda and I are happy lately. Happier than we have been for some time thanks to the good news that we had shrinkage. A weight was lifted slightly to lighten the load a bit.

I am still doing the diet of cancer fighting foods as I see no reason to stop now that it seems to be working. Or at least it isn't not working.

Things like red grapes, peaches, pineapple and other fruits really helped, I think. We cut way back on red meat and eat more fish and poultry. We don't plan to go vegan though. That would be going too far. I like my chicken.

I still want to get the sleep issue back to normal so I can get a full night of sleep. When that happens then I'll know we're making real progress.
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