Quackery

Grinning from ear to ear today!

Went to see my radiation doctor who smiled at me and told me my spine was stable, I looked great and “What exactly are you doing from Germany?”

Although I was REALLY tempted to tell him I was taking snake venom (which cuts off the blood supply tumours need to grow), I kept my mouth shut and shrugged because Bobo and Ric both told me not to say anything.  “You know I haven’t been taking anything from here in over 1 1/2 years” I told him.  “I know”, he said, “That’s amazing and you look really good too.  “How much did it cost you?”  $5,000 euros for a two week treatment ($7,500 CDN) I told him (although that does not include travel expenses, lodging, food, transportation, and meds).

He said that he has another patient who went to Germany for treatment and he is doing really well too.  He also said, get this, “You should tell your oncologist to look into it!” HA HA HA HA HA!

Never thought I’d ever hear a doctor say that!

I love my radiation guy!  Finally, someone on the same page as me!

I told him my oncologist thinks it’s quackery.

Man I hope he writes something about this in his clinical notes to my onc.  That would be sooooo lovely.

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And The MRI Results Are IN!

Good news! Just got my MRI report. My many tumours in my spine are ALL STABLE!

HURRAY!

 

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The Snake Venom is WORKING!

 

 

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Doesn’t taste too bad…kind of like an alcoholic drink! Just got to get my head around it now that I know what it is.  Crap I was shitting my pants all day today with worry.

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So the plan now is, get off everything except what the German guy is going to send me (I’ve almost run out).  And make necessary adjustments next month when I get my lung x-rayed.  I’ve been on the snake venom for 3 months and nothing has increased in size in my bones since January, so this is very good news.  I can always go back on the tamoxifen later as I have a 3 month supply.

snake-RattleSnakeHopefully my heart will stabilize too without all the extra stuff I was taking which seems to have been interacting with one another.  I should have known better.  However, I’ve been through this road before with my heart, and know what I need to do (exercise/eat) myself back to health.

 

I Couldn’t Make This Up If I Tried

IMG_0275I’m having a weird week.  Hmmm where do I start?

IMG_0279Took something called Jut-U-SinR8 recommended by a the quack in Etobicoke and ended up in the ER with a convict, 5 security guards, and a room full of screaming kids and other sick people.  This is what happens when you live in Scarborough.  Decided not to stay.

 

IMG_0276IMG_0373Found a cute paramedic around the corner, showed him my heart monitor results and asked him if it was safe to get my husband to drive me to Mount Sinai (because the last time I came here with heart trouble they told me not to do that again)  or should I be enlisting in his ambulance services?  He said, “Oh, that is not good…. but I think your husband has enough time to get you there”.  Good enough for me, I thanked him and escaped.  Luckily, my racing heart startied to show signs of improvement and I told my husband, “What the heck, just take me home (where  left the kids alone).

IMG_0393IMG_0363The next day I went back to the quack and told him I didn’t have heart problems before I came here and now I was leaving with two.   All I got was 1/2 my money back.  Asshole.

 

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IMG_0466IMG_0461Went to the Naturopathic Clinic today for my Vitamin C infusion and was rejected due to my recent heart problems.  Brought out my meds from Germany and all my supplements and guess what I learned today?

 I’m taking snake venom!

How do you like them apples?

IMG_0468IMG_0459I’m currently waiting for my results on my MRI from Monday.  That was the best appt ever.  No one was scheduled for any MRI’s because they were on stand by for Victoria Day Week-end Trauma patients.  There weren’t any, so I went right in and was finished in 45 minutes.  Bonus.

 

IMG_0456IMG_0474So if I don’t have any increases in existing bone tumours, I would like to think the snake venom is working and whatever they saw in my lungs isn’t anything to be concerned about.  If, however, I have some new spots on any of my bones, I am going to have to come up with a different game plan.  Hopefully the spots they zapped in January with radiation are dead/stable.

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Snake venom doesn’t taste too bad, you know.  I mean, if you think about it, I’ve been given mustard gas (amongst other chemical warfare, I’m sure), thalidamide, and rat poison (and those are the ones what I know about).  It’s a wonder I’m not dead already.

I couldn’t make this up if I tried.

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Hope you like the photos of the spring flowers in our garden.

 

Mother’s Day Art

 

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Kindergarten

Kindergarten

I went to see a new naturopath in Etobicoke which turned out to be somewhat of a disaster.

 

 

He gave me some supplements which are currently bothering my heart.  Went back to him today to see if I could get my money back…he only gave me 50% of what I paid for.  What I got was a trip to the ER (heart failure symptoms again, I’m afraid…just when I was doing so well in that department and the cardiologist told me I didn’t need to come to see him).  Oh well, c’est la vie.  There goes another couple of hundred dollars.  He made me feel that if I walked out of that place without his treatment, I was doomed.  Not happy.

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(if you want instructions of the art project above, you can go on Pinterest, Maria Pisani, Art for Young Kids, Bubble Paint Hydrangeas).

When I went to see my oncologist, he asked me if I was going to go on any kind of treatment because of whatever they seem to think they have found in my lungs.  I told him that my benefits package included an oncology nurse and doctors and they seemed to think I should go back on tamoxifen (the one that gave me a TIA/stroke).  He told me the chances of that helping at all were slim (10%) as we had exhausted all the other estrogen drugs he gave me.  I told him, “Oh well.  I’m weird.  Maybe I’ll be in that 10% group where it does me some good and it stabilizes my cancer.  You never know”.  Guess who really and truly needs to buy a cell phone now?  My dr. also said that in the next 3-4 weeks, I may experience fluid in my lungs which may need to be drained.  Thankfully, that hasn’t happened.  I think I’m good.  I’m going to have a chest x-ray in another month to see what’s happening in my lungs.

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Sending you some of the projects I worked on for Mother’s Day.

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Grade 5

 

IMG_0351IMG_0350We went out for dinner with my family (hubby, sisters, mom & dad, nephews, brother-in-law etc.) on Saturday.

And then on Sunday, we took a leisurely drive to Richter’s Herbs to buy some organic plants, herbs and vegetables for the garden while my housekeeper cleaned the house.  Stopped by a quaint little bakery and had lunch and then ice cream at Musselman’s Lake.

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Overall, quite a lovely day.

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Grade 4

By the way, guess who’s volleyball team won the championships?  That’s right.  Undefeated.  Here’s our pennant.  I’d post a pic. of our team, but I don’t want to infringe on anyones media rights!

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