Monday, June 22, 2015
BACK ON TAMOXIFEN - Cutting down to half dose
I had some blood work, and went in to see my oncologist for 30-days-off- Tamox appointment. The big question: Will I go back on Tamoxifen?
The first thing he asks is: Are your feet any better? And I sheepishly say, Not much.
What isn't said is that I've had the feeling I'm "more intelligent" without Tamox. Just a feeling the last week or 2 of the month off, as I watched myself react to things and how I've been able to plan or make a choice without that little white pill. I don't ask: Is there enough "brain difference" to stay off it forever?
Then he surprises me: tells me he thinks all the changes and new diets are good for me, waking me up--that he can see it in my face. Hmmmm. Nobody else mentioned a difference, but maybe I need another look in the mirror. I was thinking the changes, tests, and diets were just tiring me out.
He asks if I have any Tamoxifen at home. Yes. "Break them in half and take half every day. (They make a half strength one, 20 mg.) Then come back and see me in three months."
No problem! I have a pill splitter. And I trust him.
Yes, I still have unanswered questions: I've lost weight during my new anti-inflamatory and prediabetes diets while I was off Tamoxifen. What caused what? Will I stop losing weight now that I'm back on Tamoxifen? No answers.
No crystal ball. Just a great doctor who keeps track of me and comes up with good plans. And fingers crossed.
I wish you health.