Going up the ladder and down the snake
Since I started working again in mid-December, my hair has been falling out quite a bit. In February, I had a blood test to eliminate any thyroid issue (phew, no problem there). So the answer is …stress. I am gradually getting used to the new work lifestyle but I do find it hard to balance work and health. I know ‘everyone’ does but when recovering from an illness and trying to prevent illness, I want to make sure I am eating well and exercising…and not stressed. Well that is the goal.
There is no straight out solution but I am getting used to work and reduced my work hours to three days a week. I have also reduced lots of activities outside work in order to keep a balance and the fatigue at bay.
A couple of weeks ago, the Nurse at my GP’s office rang me at work. Apparently the blood test (above) showed that I have pre-diabetes. That was such a shock as I living quite a healthy lifestyle. Last week, I went back to the GP and Nurse and the facts are: I will have a repeat blood test in April and if that blood test continues to show such high blood sugar levels, they will say that I have diabetes. After the initial shock wore off, I decided that it was just a label and an opportunity for healing and being healthier. My GP said to eat a little bit better and to exercise a little bit more. The Nurse thought I was eating and exercising well enough and just to keep going with that.
So…another health issue to address but after bc, I am not too worried. My body has been through so much and apparently chemo can affect the pancreas a little. So there’s no blame…just hopefully my body will heal quickly.
And then…after six years, I got my period. I haven’t had one since my bc diagnosis in 2007. The shock and then the chemo gave my ovaries quite a battering. Then being on hormone therapy for nearly five years! It is quite a relief to know that parts of my body are going back to some semblance of normal.
Other than that:
My energy levels are coming along quite well. I still have headaches now and then but having weekly acupuncture really helps. As does exercising each day plus eating lots of veges. Life is going on quite well apart from a few snakes.
Talk soon! Andrea 🙂