The Curious Case Of Jodi Vetter

Life

I am writing this blog on an iPhone. I have been experiencing a surprising health crisis. I thought that I was doing everything right. I am nearing 40, I watch my diet, and I am active– I lift, I run, I bike, and swim. I didn’t think I needed to go to the doctor, because a. I was in tuned to my body, b. I enjoyed being blissfully unaware of my own mortality, and c. I would KNOW if I was sick. Turns out me being active was nearly my undoing. It could still be my undoing (please pray).

My story started about a year ago, I was experiencing some discomfort in my back. I had gone into the doctor, and was told it was a back injury. I went through the  physical therapy program, was declared not injured and went about my life.

A few months later, I experienced some dull aching pain in my back. I mentioned it a few times that I needed to do something about my back. I would do sit-ups, squats, and lunges. I mentioned the back ache a few times to my husband, but he shrugged it off.

I went on with my life.  The pain ebbed and flowed with my cycle.  Since it was regular monthly visitor, I assumed it was cramps, or ovulation.  This month, I decided that I needed to go in, and get some piece of mind regarding my body.  I am nearing 40, youth is fleeting.  I thought running made me immune.

I was wrong.  In 2002, I was in a train accident which affected my upper respiratory system.  I had switched insurances, and made my first appointment in almost six years.  The doctor being diligent ordered a chest x-Ray.  They found something.

I had a pleural effusion, or liquid on the lungs.  I was sent to the ER.  Three CT scans later, I was transported to the region medical center.  My kidney is being cut off by a large mass in my pelvis. Near my cervix.

The first thought, cervical cancer– with fluid on the lungs– I was probably stage 3 or 4.  This plunged me into the cardiac ward where I rode a roller coaster.

First, my lungs were drained and then the fluid was sent off to be tested. Then a revolving door of doctors and specialists came to see me: I had cancer, I didn’t have cancer, there is a mass, there is no mass, I need a stent, I don’t need a stent.

I am now day five into this whole thing, and this is the best guess: my kidney was blocked by something in my pelvis. The something is either a cancerous ovarian tumor, fibroid tumor, or endometriosis. My guess- endometriosis (my history points towards it).  I had a stent installed and biopsy on the mass.  I am waiting on the final word.  Then I face chemo, radiation, and/or hysterectomy.  I am facing this with humor and positivity- I am young, healthy, and have a great support.

The biggest thing that I came away with is a few life lessons:

  1. Make peace with those you wronged. Don’t go out with regrets.
  2. Be an advocate for yourself.
  3. Don’t think that you are doing everything “right” that you are immune.
  4. Don’t put off, or skip annual exams.
  5. Be thankful for what you have.
  6. Don’t share medical diagnosis until you have the final word.
  7. Stay or get healthy– my activity and diet probably saved my life.
  8. If you do end up in my situation up your data plan.

 

 

 

Isagenix Day 26: Date Night!

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Oh vey, tonight is date night.  It is a rare occurrence in our family.  I have a 9 and 11-year-old, under normal circumstances I should be able to leave my kids for a few hours to go out and enjoy an evening to myself.  Unfortunately, there is nothing normal about my circumstance.  My 11-year-old is developmentally about 4 or 5 years old.  My 9-year-old is incredibly mature, and she wants to be able to stay at home alone, but I’m just not confident she is ready, perhaps in a few years.  My son’s school is wonderful and does bi-monthly babysitting for kids in attendance.  Tonight we have reservations at the Melting Pot in Destin.  While psychologically it’s great, dietary, I’m a nervous wreck.  I have no idea what I should order.  I ran today, and I’m going to do an extra workout today and tomorrow to make up for what I’m eating tonight.  Furthermore, Sunday is my husband’s 40th birthday party, so I will be “pigging” out again Sunday night.  Next week, I’m starting another cleanse.

Weight: 139 lbs!!! (finally broke that plateau!)

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, Accelerator
Breakfast: Shake
Lunch: Shake
Snack: Apple
Dinner: The Melting Pot

Activity: 5.0 mile walk, 1.5 mile run (700 calorie burn!!!)

Isagenix Day 26: The Light At The End!

There are only four days left until the end of the first 30 day challenge.  I’m starting to plan for the next 30 days.  So far I have lost nine pounds, and even though I wish it were more, I’m incredibly happy with the success I have had the last 26 days.  I had my first piece of candy in 26 days, and now I realize what the value of food is.  I had four gummy worms.  Those 4 gummy worms were 140 calories!  Just four small pieces of candy were that many calories!  I ate a LOT today.  I burned over 600 calories, and today was the first day I felt truly hungry.  I also measured EVERYTHING…

So here goes:

Weight: 141

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and Accelerator
Breakfast: Shake
Lunch: Shake and Salad
Snack: Four Gummy Worms
Dinner: 1/3 Cup Chili Con Carne with 1 Cup of Rice, 1 oz shredded cheese, 2 TBSP Sour Cream
Snack: Sugar-Free Pudding with 2 TBSP of whipped cream

Activity: 3.50 mile walk, 1.5 mile run, another .50 mile walk (total burn) 600 calories

Isagenix Day 25: Another day in frustration…

So far I have two strikes on appointments.  Yesterday, it was my daughter’s dental appointment.  Today it was my back appointment.  I had gone to the wrong address, and additionally, the doctor’s wife was sick with the flu and he needed to pick up the kids at school.  So they had to reschedule my appointment for another 10 days.  The PT worked my back pretty well today, and it is quite sore.  I also ran-walked.  I’m doing a 5 mile walk every day.  Today, I added a 1 mile run.  Tomorrow, I’m upping the running distance to 1.25 miles.

Weight: 141

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, Accelerator, water
Breakfast: IsaLean Shake
Lunch: Polenta
Snack: IsaLean Shake
Dinner: Light Creamy Chicken Pesto with Gluten Free Pasta
Snack: Chocolate wafers
PM: Water and Flush

Activity: 60 minute abdominal workout, 2 mile warm-up/1 mile run/2 mile cool-down

Isagenix Day 24: I wanna eat!

Today, was a day I really wanted to eat.  I did fall off the diet a little bit, but I didn’t fall off to the point where I am regretting the decisions I made.  My daughter was supposed to have surgery today, but due to a scheduling mix up on the part of the clinic, the surgery didn’t happen.  This was the first time I wanted to eat my frustration at the situation.  My daughter was so nervous about the appointment, and I felt guilty that she couldn’t just have it done and over with.  Now, she has another appointment that she will get worked up over.  Tomorrow, I have my back appointment.  I get to find out what is going on with my back.  My bursitis is doing well.  The swelling is going down considerably.  I have decided that I am just getting old.  As the pain from my knee is subsiding and the swelling going down, my back is getting considerably worse.   I am sore from Monday’s therapy session, the physical therapist really worked on my back.  I’m hoping tomorrow I will get a soft tissue massage.

Weight: No weigh in

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and water
Breakfast: Vanilla shake with cocoa
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, 1/2 order of Chick Fil A fries, and Medium Fruit Bowl
Dinner: Shephard’s Pie (400ish calories), wine

Activity: 5 mile walk on the treadmill (no running)

Isagenix Day 14: Two weeks down, two weeks and two days to go…

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My running buddy is in need of prayers.  This morning we discovered our 6-year-old Siberian Husky is bleeding from her rectum.  Right now, she is the emergency vet clinic waiting diagnosis.  It could be anything from an infection to cancer.

Weight Loss

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From Left To Right Day 1, Day 7, and Day 14

The only physical difference I have seen is more definition in my abdominal muscles.  Other than that I don’t see much of a difference.  I have lost 10 pounds total.  I have been alternating between 9 and 10 pounds since my last cleanse day.  I didn’t weigh myself this morning, because I want to give myself a few extra days.  I added a few new routines to my workouts.  My bursitis has gone away completely.  I am still sore, but not as much as I was when my knee was really swollen.

Weight: No weigh-in today

Early AM: Ionix Supreme
Breakfast: IsaLean Shake
Late-AM snack: IsaLean Shake
Lunch: Sante Fe Salad
PM Snack: Apple
Dinner: Sicilian sausage and polenta
Splurge: Red Wine

Activity: 2 mile run, additional 2.5 mile walk, 35 sit ups, 35 cross over sit ups on right, 35 cross over sit ups on left

Isagenix Day 13: Mother-Daughter Day :)

Today, my daughter had the day off of school.  It was one of those random days off that some school districts throw in there to allow teachers time to work their magic.  She and I went to the movies.  I didn’t realize the depth of my addictions to certain foods until I went somewhere that smelled of popcorn.  One of my all-time favorite foods is popcorn.  My biggest weakness is white cheddar cheese popcorn with the cheese powder on the popcorn so thick that it comes off in clumps on your fingers.  Smelling popcorn was even hard.  I was so tempted by the smells and sounds of popcorn popping at theater.  I made sure I couldn’t surrender to the temptation.  I brought an Isalean bar (I normally drink a shake between breakfast and lunch, but since I was out, a bar was far more convenient), enough money to buy myself a Smart Water, and two free movie passes.  We saw “Into The Woods.”

The swelling in my knee is nearly back to normal.  I am still a little bit sore in both knees, but the soreness is normal for me, especially when I don’t run.  Tomorrow I will start running again.  I’m pretty excited to get back on the running bandwagon.  I found that upping my caloric intake is really helping with weight loss.  Besides the popcorn, I don’t really miss the foods I used to love.  The long weekend is going to be tough, but I’m hoping to last 30 days without eating sugar, drinking soda, or having alcohol.  If I can make it until the 1st of February, I will feel somewhat victorious (my husband’s 40th birthday party is that day, and my intention is for that day to be a cheat day).

Weight: 140*

Early AM: Ionix Supreme
Breakfast: Shake
AM Snack: Lemon Isalean Bar
Lunch: Light Chicken Caesar Salad
PM Snack: Apple
Dinner: Creamy Pesto Chicken with Gluten Free Pasta (low-fat Alfredo Sauce)
IsaFlush Pill and water

*My weight did not change between yesterday and today, but I lost a few inches, so I’m not too disappointed with the results.