Updates for August Last updated 12:00am Saturday, August 31st
|Aug 31 Sat||
Val here again. For those of you who are still
inclined to follow this personal odyssey, I present to you the latest medical updates and
philosophical musings for your reading pleasure. ?
goodness these are less and less often. I re-visited my neurosurgeon, Dr. Chandler, and my
ophthalmologist, Dr. Murdock. Both visits were rather entertaining.
Chandler was glad to see me doing so well and began to discuss radiation options for the
remaining tumor. I debated the various possible locations to do so if it were
necessary and after much discussion we decided to let the decision wait til
after my next MRI which will be after our
harvest season. I then told him that my intent was to shrink and make disappear whatever
tumor may still be there and that I would wait at least another month before doing a
follow-up MRI so I could focus on healing myself. He didnt seem to think I could do
that but another month wouldnt make any difference in my prognosis, so we agreed to
my time schedule. I dont think hes used to having patients like me challenge
Murdock, my eye specialist, was surprised to see me back, since I last left his office
with a clean bill of health in May. However, since then Ive had a funny little
aberration in the visual field of my left eye so I figured Id better have it checked
out. Just to the left of the center of my field of vision I have noticed a distortion of
my sight that seems like Im looking through a glass paperweight or marble. Its
small but quite noticeable, as it bends whatever image is in that area of my vision.
two hours of tests and eye exams Dr. Murdock determined that what I have is essentially a
bubble of fluid lodged on my retina near the optic nerve. Apparently it was formed when
the swollen tissue back there finally shrunk back to size and left behind some wrinkles
and bubbles in the tissue. It may or may not go away by itself, and I made it clear that
surgery was NOT an option here. If it stays, well, I find it somewhat entertaining to play
with at times. For instance, when Im driving and am bored, I can position my eye
just so and make a bulge in the yellow lines in the middle of the highway! That little
bubble is just a fun souvenir as far as Im concerned.
alternative side of medicine, I finally got around to detoxifying my body
after all the anesthesia and drugs from surgery. Ive known for a while that my liver
would be much happier if all the toxins were cleaned out of it, and my intestinal tract
was ready for some housecleaning too. So I did an herbal cleanse of the liver, kidneys and
gall bladder and then a series of colonics (a water flush of the large intestine) and a
castor pack for good measure. Talk about clean!! I feel 100% better and my energy levels
went up right away.
is critical to healing, since a body cant function properly (let alone heal itself)
if its bogged down in toxins. The liver is especially crucial to the immune system
and Ive been taking Milk Thistle every day to help keep it healthy. With my system
all cleaned out and ready to work, Ive also been very conscious of my eating habits
and which supplements will support my healing efforts. I wont bore anyone with what
Im taking, as its so individual anyway, but I am doing a series of vitamins,
minerals and homeopathics to boost my immune system and strengthen my healing abilities.
Im also keeping my blood pH as alkaline as possible for optimum results.
the key element in my back-to-health program is my daily practice of meditations and
intentions. I start every day with yoga, stretching, breathing exercises and meditation
and then I set my intentions for the day and go for it. What a difference it makes! I make
a conscious choice to stay positive no matter what and to practice living in the moment,
every moment of every day. A bit of a challenge you say? You betcha, but well worth it.
Im a whole lot more relaxed (read: happy) than before and am actually enjoying life
to emphasize that and reinforce the fun part of living, the Universe has seen fit to send
me a daily reminder in the form of a baby raccoon. He came to us from another wildlife
rehabilitator and hes about 3 ½ months old. We call him Roscoe (not Rocky or
Rascal) and all he wants to do is play, play, play. Of course, the only one available most
of the time to play with him is me, the surrogate mom, so Im obligated to play with
this little bouncy ball of fur throughout the day. Tough duty bit someones got to do
it! Roscoe makes me laugh out loud several times a day and I can think of nothing more
healing than that. Hes a little angel in disguise and Im delighted to have him
thats it for the moment. We are in the middle of our annual harvest season so
Ive been busy making pies, freezing vegetables and casseroles, dehydrating fruits,
making jams and jellies, and preserving and canning all sorts of goodies. Were
having a good apple year as well, so soon well be pressing cider and making apple
pies. So who has time for MRIs and such? Ill get to all that once our harvest bounty
is taken care of. After all, there are priorities in life, are there not?
all there is to do and me being in pretty good shape now, there probably wont be
another update on this site until around the first week of October or so. I appreciate
everyones ongoing concern for my welfare and feel blessed to have so many friends
who care. I hope you all are doing fine and are enjoying these fine end-of-summer days.
Thanks again for all your loving thoughts and prayers.