Did I get that Barenaked Ladies song stuck in your head? I certainly hope so!
Seriously, though, it has been exactly one week since I finished daily radiation treatments. So, how am I feeling? Meh*.
My radiation oncologist warned me that the fatigue from radiation would linger for a couple of weeks after treatment ended. My cursory research (and n of 1 study) suggest the fatigue not only lingers but actually peaks. I am more tired now than I was during the active administration of radiation. I am also a person who thrives on structure. So, the lack of the daily trek to MGH has left me feeling a bit, shall we say, adrift.
The following will not surprise those of you who know me well (or have taken a class with me). I am righting this ship with a Trello board. (Is there nothing Trello can’t do!?) I’m gathering all my projects and associated tasks in one location. That way, I can set weekly priorities and ensure that I do some things that give me a sense of accomplishment every day. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of moving a card from the “Weekly Backlog” list to the “Done” list, amiright!
As I mentioned before, I’ve also started a rigorous ketogenic diet with the goal of entering therapeutic ketosis. Because of the lingering effects of radiation and chemo it’s hard to distinguish so-called “keto flu” from treatment side effects. But, I did get all the gear, and my blood tests so far indicate that I’m maintaining a glucose-ketone index of between 0.8 and 2.0 (the therapeutic range!). But, good lord, is eating 4 grams of fat for every 1 gram of carbs and protein combined hard! I’m not proud, but today I was reduced to taking a 1 tablespoon shot of olive oil to “hit my macros.” There is no dignity in that. I know it’ll get easier. It has to.
So, all in all, the past week has felt like a bit of a struggle. But, my mom is visiting in a couple weeks 😀. And, the R’s and I will head up to Maine for my chair-making course at CFC in three weeks ⚓️**. I guess you could say I’ll be turning a corner shortly.
* My platelet count, however, bounced back pretty quickly as soon as they took me off the chemotherapy. I am now back in a happy, healthy range.
**How have we gone this long without a moose or a lobster emoji?