Saw my favorite Dr. today! Dr. J, my oncologist, had a "Fellow' with him, as usual. Dr. J points out to the Fellow all my oddities. Gee, glad I could be of help! :)
I brought a little list of questions today. I asked him about supplements. He doesn't think I need to take separate D, B complex, etc. He thinks I should just take a good women's multi-vitamin. The subject of vitamins came up because I told him I was eating a low residue diet to try to slow down my bowels, and make things more "normal". He was concerned I wasn't getting enough nutrition if I wasn't eating fruits and vegetables. I have been concerned about that too. This low residue diet has helped, but not completely changed things as I had hoped, so I think I will start adding back in fruits and veggies (not that I ate that many to begin with! But I was trying!). I will stay away from raw carrots (because I know they are a problem), and nuts and seeds. I think tomato sauce might be a problem too, so I'm going to try to avoid that for awhile.
Dr. J thought it would be a good idea if I took a baby aspirin every day. He said it helps prevent colon cancer in some people with some certain type of cells. They don't usually test to see if a person has those cells, but he said the baby aspirin is beneficial for other things too, so I can just go ahead and take it.
I asked him about damage to my bones from all the chemo I had, and that, combined with the fact that I am in menopause (early, thanks to radiation!), is reason to have a bone density test. So, now I have to schedule one of those. I've never had one, but I think they are pretty easy.
Other than that, he said my labs all look great. We talked about my fatigue again--I mentioned I planned on talking to my PCP about it, and Dr. J thought that was a good idea. He did say, again, that with all the chemo and radiation I've had my body took a pretty good hit, so he's not too surprised by my fatigue. I just want it to go away!
Dr. J always asks about my family and grandkids, and especially my adopted grandson. And he asks about Rich. He's a great oncologist!
When I get my labs done in 3 months I won't need to see him. I'll see him again in 6 months when I have a ct scan, mri, and labs.
My mammogram is in 2 days, but I won't update about that, unless, of course, there is a problem!
Love and blessings to all!