MM – February 25, 2015

An overdue update.

I am feeling much better. Been slowly recovering over the past few months and have improved significantly. I am not currently taking any form of cancer treatment, other than monthly blood-work to monitor for any problems that might arise and Pamidronate IV, to strengthen my skeletal frame. My kidney function is good. I was taking medication for the neuropathy in my feet and although it isn’t completely gone, it has improved enough to stop taking the medication. I still get some swelling, soreness and tingling in my feet but that should improve as the nerve sheaths grow back.

When I had my first follow up with the specialist after my treatment from September, I was advised to get updated on ALL vaccinations again, along with Flu vaccines and Hepatitis shots, because the cancer treatments would have depleted all of my former antibodies. However, instead of signing up with the public health nurse for a complete vaccination regime, I decided to ask my family doctor to arrange for a Titer test. This is a simple test that is done using a blood sample to determine what level of antibodies to common diseases you may or may not, have in your body. I have seen and heard of too many side effects, which can on occasion be very serious, occurring from unnecessary vaccinations or over-vaccinating.

Rubella particles digital art by Russell Kightley

Rubella particles digital art by Russell Kightley

Don’t get me wrong, I am not what is currently being referred to as an Anti-vaxxer. Vaccinations can serve a very beneficial purpose in protecting the body from common diseases, however, they serve no purpose and can often be very detrimental to the immune system if there are already sufficient antibodies occurring in the immune system. A Titer test can determine whether a vaccine is necessary or not. I would highly recommend it before subjecting anyone, including infants or youth, to vaccinations. It takes the guess work out of the equation because then you know for sure whether you are at risk or not. And as for the Flu vaccines, if you are generally a healthy person, eating well and getting exercise, I do not think it is wise to prevent your body from naturally fighting off any colds and the occasional flu that might be around. (Most 24 hour flu bugs are not caused by influenza at all, but are typically bouts of food poisoning.) However, I do think the pharmaceutical companies are enjoying quite a profit from the promotion of these Flu shots.

In any case, the results from my Titer test showed that I still have all of my immunities, so it is unnecessary for me to get vaccinated again. The exception was Rubella, aka German measles, which is usually one part of what is commonly referred to as the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps & rubella). If I can source a Rubella only vaccine, then I will get it, but I am not in a big hurry as I don’t plan to travel to any third world countries so I think my risk is minimal.

Oh! And my hair is growing back. I probably have about a half inch of hair on my scalp now 😀 I still wear a hat because my head and ears get cold!

I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. I have started back to work, part-time for now, to see how well I adapt to working again. I have missed working and interacting with other people, (those who are not Doctors or nurses). I probably wont be posting much more about my cancer, unless I come across something interesting or my current health takes a dive.

Happy Living!

Messy Shepherdess


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