Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Yes, Virginia, There Really Is A Santa Claus!

I came home from buying a new iron on Sunday and when I saw this in front of our house I was so sure this was a surprise from Kevin ... if not Santa. Alas, it was just Jim and Allen visiting ... Allen was helping Kevin sort out his iTunes, something that would have taken Kevin hours but only took Allen a few minutes.  Those Kerr boys - Graham and Allen - have had unusual formative years. It's not every kid who gets a new vehicle to drive around every week or two.  This one sure is pretty but, in truth, it wouldn't do for me. It's not very easy to get in and out of for the less than nimble. Stupid Porsche.  We had a nice dinner out with Graham and Allen and it was nice to catch up with all they've been up to lately.

I don't need a Porsche to make me happy. I was pretty happy to still be feeling amazingly good this weekend.  It's been three weeks since I first took that little package of "Greens" that has truly changed my life!

I went with friends to a performance of Arsenic and Old Lace by the Warman Community Theatre group on Friday after work and got home just before midnight. The play was SO well done, by the way. Really superb!  It was amazing enough for me to be out on a Friday night but even more amazing that I was up and hustling around the house earlier than usual on Saturday ... and with energy and enthusiasm for even mundane chores.  I met up with some friends in the afternoon for green beer (Happy St. Pat's) at McGuires, ran some errands, and had a happy and productive day.  Sunday was good, too.  AMAZING!

Unfortunately, I didn't sleep well Sunday night. That's the third Sunday in a row that I have suffered most of the night with hot, hot, HOT feet. The rest of me overheats, too, but the feet are the worst.  Last week after one such night, I noticed a dramatic improvement in the feeling in my toes. Feeling that I thought was lost forever had returned considerably in my smaller toes but not my big toes.

Last night wasn't as bad as Sunday night for my feet but something was still going on with them. Last night my toes would get very hot, painfully hot even, and it felt like someone was using them as a pincushion.  It didn't last very long, thank goodness, but after that I was aware that my toes felt different. I spent a couple of hours wiggling my toes, spreading them, rubbing them against the sheets, poking them into my legs ... trying to figure out what I was feeling and marveling that I really seemed to be feeling something at all! And what has happened is feeling has now come back into my big toes! It's amazing and feels so weird.  Today I noticed that my toes touch the ends of the shoes I was wearing, which isn't such a good thing. I did't feel that before.  It just feels so different to be walking about with feeling in all my toes.  My littler toes continue to improve. I really didn't think this would happen. Ever! While there is till some shadowy numbness in all my toes and the balls of my feet are still quite numb (the contrast really feels odd), I now have reason to hope that nerves will mend there, too. Maybe. Could happen.

And why now? It's over 2 years since the chemo caused the nerve damage that resulted in my losing the feeling in my toes and fronts of my feet.  I would be less amazed if the improvements were gradual but they're quite sudden and dramatic!  Why?  I'll probably never really know why but I do wonder if it isn't something to do with what the Greens have done to my body. Maybe they've increased my blood circulation or my metabolism and maybe all of that has led to the nerves being able to repair themselves. I really don't know but it does strike me as interesting that the return of the feeling in my feet has coincided with my starting to take a Greens supplement and a protein powder supplement as well.

Whatever it is, I'm SO HAPPY about it! And I will continue to take my Greens!
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