Pierre Dybman (dybmapi) wrote,
Pierre Dybman

Second session, additional remarks

The importance of having baseline data.

While the occurence of serious heart deficiencies, diabetes or cancer are high, nearly nobody is really thinking about how to deal with them before one or more happens to you. Although, death is an event that happens close to 100% of the time, and we don't spend all our days thinking about it either...

In any case, one conclusion i take from this experience is that it's important to have a good series of baseline health data, whether from school, tests taken when job hunting, before traveling to some exotic places, or to get a visa, or simple yearly or less regular health screenings.
This will allow you to know what is your "normal" value for the basic health indicators, such as the ones i went through yesterday, but also others, such as cholesterol urea etc. As the "normal values" are given with a spread of around 20%, and sometimes more for some indicators, such as white cells count, Potassium levels, sugar levels etc. knowing whether the values you get every two weeks are low or not, for you specifically, is important both for you and your doctor.

I also noticed some discrepancies between the values i get with my personal blood pressure machine at home, and the one that i started to get at the clinic. It used to be less significant, so part of it may be linked to stress. In any case, when you're in for the long run, and if you don't have such a tool at home, don't skimp and see, and buy something more accurate.

The importance of doing enough exercise.

Having a little bottle latched on to your body is not the best incentive to go back running, so i can't wait till tomorrow to get it off and do a short run.
But my gastro cleared me for swimming and light running, no weights or heavy exercise for another month. I even found a pool not far from home, that has a good reputation and clean water. So i asked yesterday the nurses, then the oncologist, about going to the pool, and the answer was: of course not!
Because of the chemotherapy drugs, the immune system is weaker, and the sheer number of people, not specifically in the water, as i was told, but more around the pool and in the showers, dressing rooms etc, present a huge risk of catching microbes and viruses that your system will not be able to tackle as easily as usual.

So, public swimming pools are out till about two to three months after the end of chemo. More intimate pools, such as private spas or hotel pools that are not very much used, can be tried, but you shouldn't put your head under the water.

Of course, you are encouraged to go swim in the sea, but then you can't always find one so close you you!

Every day something new to learn...
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