I’m cured! Well, cured-ish

First, sorry I’ve been negligent in updating this lately. The first time I went through all this I didn’t have a job, so I had a lot more free time to update the blog with every thought and every morsel I ate on the LID.

But enough of that, there’s news today.

I had my WBS (whole body scan) this morning. When it was over, the doctor didn’t even talk to me. The tech just came out and said…

“The doctor said we’re not treating you. There’s nothing to treat.”

Well, isn’t that kinda awesome? I actually started to cry, which I did not expect at all. Because all my blood work had been clear along the way, I was pretty sure the scan would be clear. I had been very nonchalant about the whole process. However, apparently there was a lot more doubt in my head than I’d been acknowledging, because when I got the official news, there was a big release.

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I’m back for more

It’s been a long time since I posted anything. That’s a good thing. It means my cancer has been a non-issue in my life for months. I’ve felt totally fine. No problem with the meds. Nothing. Just taking my pills every day and leading my life.

But now we’re about to go into The Big Scan, which will be reassuring to me and my wife that everything is still okey dokey. Prior to that I’ll be going back on the LID, so that’s kind of a pain.

Before we get to that, let’s go back a bit. A funny thing happened to me that I want to share.

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RAI, Day 2: A little about my cell

It’s been about 21 hours that I’ve been quarantined in our guest room, and so far it’s gone pretty well. I still feel totally normal, and I’ve got so much to entertain myself that I don’t even know what to do first. Thanks to the MLB.tv app on my iPad and the TV, I have access to every single baseball game. It’s like my little version of the MLB Fan Cave. With so much live baseball at my disposal, I’m not sure how much of my timeless entertainment (movies, books, magazines) that I’ll even get to. I sort of feel guilty that this is going so well. My poor wife, who just had knee surgery and an eye virus, is dealing with the whole house and the kids and I’m sitting up here chillaxin. I am having cancer treatment, so I feel like I should at least pretend I’m a little miserable, so she can feel sorry for me.

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LID, Day 8: Picture of my lunch

One of my little quirks is I get particularly pleased with myself when I can create something at home that looks restaurant-worthy. I always joke to my wife: “I need to take a picture of my lunch today.” Today is one of those days.

For starters, we’re having the LID pizza tonight, so I wanted to save all my four servings of grains so I could have a reasonable amount of pizza. I’m not sure how many servings one piece of pizza is, but wanted to be safe. I’ve already figured out breakfast with no meat or grains (egg white omelette and fruit), and the pizza tonight is veggie, so I had to have a lunch no grains, although I could have meat. Can’t do a sandwich without grains, so I made this grilled chicken salad. The salad had lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, mushrooms and the really good vinaigrette from the LID cookbook. Since it is just a salad, and I’m a real man, I of course had to make it huge. There’s a bowl of watermelon on the side (nice color addition, huh) and a glass of iced tea. That’s a whole chicken breast in there, and it weighed just under my alloted 5 ounces.

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LID: Day 6, this is a lot of work

Got through the first weekend of the LID, and so far I have to say it’s going pretty well. I haven’t felt hungry or deprived or like I’m eating things that don’t taste good. It’s just … a … lot … of … work. I don’t know how you could do this if you had a job. I know you are supposed to prepare a lot of stuff in advance in freeze it, but that takes time, too.

I’ve got to give my wife a shout-out here. I really could not be doing this without her. At the moment neither one of us is working, so it seems like we spend all day prepping, baking, loading the dishwasher, emptying it, etc. Most days we cook or bake just one new thing, so it’s manageable, but today was a little crazy.

First thing was to bake some more bread. We have borrowed a bread-maker, but the bread comes out better when we use a different recipe. This morning she made the dough, kneaded it, then let it sit for an hour or so, then split it between two pans, then let it sit some more, then put it in the oven. But, oops, she forgot to change the temperature of the oven like the recipe says, so the bread was ruined. Then we made meatballs and burger patties out of the big batch of ground turkey we bought on Wednesday. Then we made pasta sauce. Then we made vinaigrette. The latter two don’t take very long, but still, you go through a lot of dishes that require cleaning. Then, we made the bread again. (Check here to see what I ate today, out of all that.)

That’s a full day. Ran the dishwasher three times and still have dishes left in the sink for tomorrow.

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Quest for treats

I’ve made it a mission of mine to create my own junk food on this diet. I can’t have processed foods and I can’t have milk chocolate, and I can only have a little bit of grains (more on that in a minute), so I’ve been experimenting with what I can do combining fruits and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

If you are going on this diet, you must find a store that carries Enjoy Life chocolate chips. They have no dairy. No nuts. No soy. No nothing. Just…

Evaporated Cane Juice, Chocolate Liquor, Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter

But they are good. If you don’t mind semi-sweet chocolate these are great. You can just grab handfuls of them and eat them, or mix them into anything. Yesterday my first attempt was at a chocolate-strawberry smoothie. I used hemp milk, some ice, strawberries and the chocolate chips. It didn’t turn out that great because the chips were too small to really get blended. Then I melted the chips, but I couldn’t really pour hot melted chocolate into the smoothie and expect it to mix. Then I just dipped the strawberries right in it. Bingo!

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LID-lifter: The diet is underway

I’ve finished Day 1 of the low-iodine diet, and I survived. Wasn’t even that terrible. Sure, there’s a lot of labor involved and it’s a little pricey to get all this natural food but I think it’ll be OK.

I was planning to put all of what I ate in the blog, as a service to other thyroid cancer patients, but I decided instead to just keep it all on a separate page: Jeff’s LID log. Catchy name, huh? It’s linked at the right, so you can always come back and find it.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep the blog focused on some general LID-related issues, as well as how I’m doing sans-hormones.

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