|Fresh Salad Ingredients!|
My oncologist checked me out and actually hung out for a bit while the results were being processed (she usually flies in like a bee, alights briefly, then moves on to the next flower). Someone asked me this week how I would know if all the treatments worked. So I asked. The answer: "We don't". There is no blood test, or exam, that says "Congratulations, we poisoned the heck out of you, and there's no cancer here".
She also confirmed that you have demonstrate your worthiness of getting the Neulasta shot by doing the exact thing it's supposed to prevent, which is crash like the Hindenburg.
My counts were good, and I was declared in good enough condition to head into round three soon.
How did it go post number two? The first couple of days, more or less normal. By the weekend, the fatigue set in. Fatigue is not normal tired. Fatigue feels like every ounce of energy is vacuum sealed out of you, leaving an empty, motionless husk that takes considerable effort to move. When that sets in, the appetite goes, and nothing sounds appealing. Showering seems like a monumental task. You aren't really moving anyway, so an every other day schedule works.
After a few days, the fatigue loosened it's grip, and I just felt kind of low-grade crappy. I exercised at home and didn't go out at all most of the week. If anything sounded remotely appetizing, I ate it. One day a cheeseburger sounded good, another a plain baked potato. Eggs are the only thing that I can consistently count on, and thankfully, you can scramble a couple in a matter of minutes.
Thursday I had a bit of cabin fever and a sudden craving for mall bourbon chicken (!). So I made a brief visit to Barnes and Noble, then swung by the mall for my fix.
Friday, I put on make-up and real clothes (still have eyebrows and eyelashes so far) to go to the doctor, and figured why waste that effort, so afterward I had lunch with a friend (I was actually hungry - really hungry!), and we did a bit of shopping.
Which brings me to the point of this post, that pretty selection of fresh food stuffs. Vegetables and anything remotely resembling fresh items had long been absent, and I was looking forward to dinner.
I got a nice little piece of fresh grouper:
|Grouper from Kate's Fish at West Side Market|
|Dry Rose from Red Tail Ridge|
Baby Arugula, Fennel, Blood Orange and Olive Salad
1 small pkg of baby arugula, rinsed and spun
1 quarter of a fresh fennel bulb, shaved thin on a mandoline
1 blood orange, peeled and sectioned
1/4 c. pitted kalamata olives, chopped
White Balsamic Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Saute the fennel in a bit of olive oil until slightly softened; set aside. Arrange arugula in salad bowl, top with fennel, orange, and olives. Drizzle with vinegar and oil. Season to taste.
The salad turned out great. You could leave the fennel raw, but I wanted to take a bit of the edge off, so I sauteed it, then let it cool.
|Baby Arugula, Blood Orange, Fennel and Olives|
So I was a little rusty in the kitchen, but I am looking forward to getting a week or so back in there before round three. Bon Appetit!