Friday, March 4, 2011

Where has the time gone??

Geez, where did the last month go! Well it seemed to fly by, but the good thing is I feel great!  2 months of treament now under my belt.  I have my CT scan scheduled for March 10th. I look foward to the results and see the progress the treatment has made.

I don't think I wrote about my allergic reaction to the contrast dye for the CT scan.  It seems I now am allergic to the dye used during my CT scans.  During the last 2 scans, once the contast dye was injected I got hives all over my body.  I was hot, itchy and miserable.  The reaction during my last CT also included severe pelvic pain.  I was rushed to the hospital via Ambulance as SMIL (CT scan place) didn't know what was happening.  Not fun.  So, now I have to get my scans done at the hospital.  I'll be pre-treated with steriods for 3 days prior which we are hoping will combat some of the reaction.  Let's hope so!

In addition to my BRAF treatment, I began high dose vitamen C (or ascorbic acid).  This is given through an IV.  This treatment is being given to me because it is anti-inflammatory, anti-melanoma and immune system activating.  It also helps the body to resist spread of melanoma.  If you are interested in more information, there are some great lectures at  http://www.riordanclinic.org/education/symposium.shtml.

An update on Vita - I love, love, love Vita!!  I use her at least once per day and have made so many yummy things.  My morning smoothie, peanut butter, almond butter, almond milk, soups and to chop cabbage and cilantro for a salad (this was cool as you place the cabbage and cilantro in Vita and then add water to cover.  Turn it on quick and shut off.  Drain in strainer and you have choopped cabbage and cilantro.).  I love making my own foods!  They taste so much better and there are no yucky added extras to worry about.