While ‘The Little One’ continues to show marked improvement while recovering from the trauma of chemotherapy and radiation, we move on to another calamity called sciatica. Anyone who has had back pain knows how debilitating it can be, yet to alleviate the pain we must be open to new modes of treatment.
On Wednesday we motored to InMotion Health and Wellness for a visit with Dr. Greg Neff to see if Chiropractic help was in order for his current ailment. The ‘Extreme Patient’ as we see in this photo opportunity for his building fan club, (yes KJ, the only thing missing is the Tiara!) decided to ride the wave and try out this new treatment. Of course there was the debate…”This is not going to work”…’Why are we wasting our time”… etc, etc, etc. While I try not to roll my eyes (at least noticeably to others), we just continue on with our friendly banter because that is the way we communicate.
Communication is a funny thing; just like relationships. It’s funny how the two go hand in hand. Relationships are built on strong communication and trust. Yet in communicating his apprehension to Chiropractic care, I knew that this was simply a way for him to let off some frustration. Sometimes, you just have to let go!
As caregivers, we have to be mindful that while we are there in a supporting role, it’s not our body that is going through the treatments. How much can the mind and body take in such a short period of time? I think that really depends on the person and their ability to communicate their wants, needs and desires. And in the supporting role, the caregiver has to be mindful that what you might want for your loved one, may not be what they want; what a slippery slope!
It is through honest communication, built on trust and love that truly reveals the essence of a relationship. We’re glad that we have (and share) this trust and love as we continue on this journey to better health and happiness.
We have all seen those gadget that they sell on TV… It seems that all those gadgets sell for just $19.99 and better yet, all these gadgets are a must need for every household!
As I was preparing waffles for breakfast this morning I came across a new product called ‘The Tumor Extractor’
Simply apply to the area of the tumor and all your troubles will be gone!
‘The Little One’ and I enjoyed a great laugh when I presented him with our new ‘Tumor Extractor’ for just $19.99 and just think…we only spent $10,000 on chemo and radiation! (Of course Monty Python’s Spamalot is playing in the background.) Every cancer patient and caregiver wishes there was something as quick and simple as ‘The Tumor Extractor’ to remove cancer from the body. But what is available to every cancer patient and caregiver is hope, love, support and humor. That is the true Cancer Extractor!
While Each one of us deals with the realty of cancer in a different way, we want to look on the bright side of life!
Yesterday is gone, today is here, not sure about tomorrow. Today we are enjoying our new ‘Tumor Extractor’ even if it will only help us make waffles.
It is hope that let us stand problems…but our beliefs let us finds solutions.
Happy Sunday! And remember… ‘Always look on the bright side of life!’
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As ‘The Little One’ continues to show signs of regaining his strength, we decided to take a detour and visit Dr. Mo this past Saturday. Who is Dr. Mo you might ask…well Dr. Mo specializes in eastern medicine, specifically acupuncture. We visited Dr. Mo earlier this year for treatments of sciatica and after four treatments we were pleasantly surprised at the relief ‘The Little One’ received from the acupuncture. ‘Why not consult with Dr. MO’, we both asked each other this past week.
While we will not know for a least another month what effect the radiation and chemotherapy has had on the tumor; we know very well that the chemo and radiation has ravished his body, zapped his strength and pretty much turned his life upside down. Traditional medicine, while proper seems to have a wait and see attitude during this ‘down time’ before the next PET scan.
This attitude was confirmed during my phone consultations with the oncologist and primary care doctor this past week. The nurse for the oncologist told me over the phone that ‘The doctor normally does not call patients back’…my response to that was simply…’That is odd, don’t you think?’ The primary care doctor referred me back to the oncologist…(they share the same office!). My response to the primary care doctor was just a tad more direct…”In the patients best interest, one of you needs to be taking the lead in the decision-making.’
That comment rang a bell with me. The ones who need to take the lead in the decision making are the patient and the caregiver. While we are all striving for excellency, when it comes right down to it, we are the captions of our own ship. Authority while respected, is not all-knowing. There is a reason that medicine is a science. There are no two bodies alike!
We both know what we are facing with this disease, sometimes you just have to think outside the box.
What do we expect to gain from Dr. MO? Alternatives, options, hope…just as we expected to gain from the traditional forms of medicine. Yet not to pursue all options available to us, does not give life a chance. We both saw the results of the acupuncture in March and April of this past year…why not give it a chance?
In life…there are plenty alternatives, there are plenty of options, and there is plenty of hope…we just have to engage these options ourselves….rather than waiting for that call to be returned.
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