Daily life

We both stopped working ever since my hubby diagnosed with appendix cancer last Dec 2015. Well, we were lucky that both company paid us year end bonuses. Ha! Doctor encouraged him to back to his work which his boss so wanted him to do so.. But we did not want to take cancer lightly and decided to go for a 1-2yr’s work break.

We changed our 5yr old son to 4hrs kindergarten school from previous 7am to 7pm childcare center. It is indeed a wise approach. He has more time seeing the kid and more interaction between them. My mother in law has been helping to look after my 1yr old baby, but many times we share the job by bringing him upstairs n downstairs.. My in law stays in the same Hdb block. Haha! Conveniency is crucial in Singapore life.

Early morning at 630, we will be busy preparing for Gor gor (elder brother) breakfast & bento box for his school while didi (younger brother) messing around with toys. Didi wakes up very early in the morning. My in law will then fetch didi from us before 0715 which I will too bringing Gor gor to the bus pick up waiting area.

My hubby normally will start his day with ultra long magnetic wave chair. I will either go to the market for groceries purchase or watching some TV show together with hubby. He then will take a walk under the hot sun for 15-20mins after start the TCM herbs brewing.

Lunch time, my boy will back and we will help him with his homework (1 to 2 pages very easy kind). After that we will hang out at coffeeshop for tea break or just jalan jalan (walk around). I will then start preparing for dinner at around 5pm. That would be coming to the late of my daily days. My boys sleep early at around 8-9pm too.

Our top discuss topic now will be what to cook each and every day. Ha! 2nd topic will be what to buy next be it groceries, baby diapers or his diarrhea needs. 3rd topic will be where n what to do for this weekdays n weekend.

I always think that these cancer fighting days would properly be the best days in my life. We have lots of freedom that it is so luxurious to have over the past years. I really treasure it and hoping for better days in the future. 

My hubby is preparing for his QuoLin Camp trip on October and next year London trip. I have been urged him to plan for a short family trip with 2boys.

So whoever that reading this blog, please send me link of the adult diaper brand that works perfectly for people like my hubby, it would be much appreciated. Haha, thank you!

Diarrhea & marker’s update

As we shared in last post for the bimonthly increase of CEA tumor marker, we were a bit worried but more confused for what we should do and what we could continue to do to control the cancer’s growth.

But again, we chose to stay focus and decided for ileostomy reversal.

Then we had mentally prepared for the cancer cell to grow further and things might get worsen after the antibiotics & drugs administrated during the surgery. It was not a easy decision when doctor warned for the recurrence.

So what’s happen after his reversal?

Dealing with 6-14times of toilet trips makes him physically weaken. He stays at home most of the time, no exercise, no Qi Gong practising but 15mins walk, no juicing as it creates watery stool (which means more toilet trip).. He stopped the bicarbonate soda after 6days as he started to have some backpain. We worried that the bicarbonate soda might burden the kidney function. As he left half kidney after the surgery, we realized that the kidney has more workload now. Before reversal, most of water input was directed out to the ileostomy bag, so I guess the kidney had lesser work to do.. Anyway, we barely remember about the cancer fighting remedies that we were so emphasized for but battling with the diarrhea control..

But good thing is that he could have normal diet, finally! We are so relieved for not to struggle for his low residue diet. We both enjoy a lot for home cooked food that we used to had before his cancer day. So what we continue to do is the TCM herb medicine & supplementation and the ultra long magnetic wave chair. Yup, watching TV most of the time. But we do more talking to each other, especially when we watched the Buddhist program that talked about death & life. Karma has more meaning and effect than what we used to think. Death too has more defination and I myself enlightened a lot in thinking of what we had endured.

So we had our monthly blood test again. This time we tested for his liver too. You may find the updated results in another page for tumor marker update. Guess what, the CEA & CA19-9 has dropped to around May’s results. His liver profile is also getting better and better!

Although the marker is yet to be normalized but we are pleased for the marker is not recording another new high. The tumor doubling time is prolonged from 3.4months to 4.4months! I think letting the colon to work really help somehow, I told my hubby we must work harder now to stretch the doubling time to years! Our plan is continue with 7 or 11 days of BSMS (Bicarbonate soda + molasses) and vege + fruit smoothies x 1L everyday.

Recently we researched about the functional medicine and got a clinic in Singapore which consulted by a famous doctor here. The appointment schedule is only available on August 2016. I hope we could get a good advice from her.

So friends, stay focus & stay cheer.