Time I asked for feedback. As you may have figured, I’m still learning how to make this blog function the way I’d like it to! Quite an admission for someone who’s been into computers and the internet for over 30 years! Nevertheless, I need to sit down and figure out what I’m doing wrong, and what I can do to improve this blog and help it go viral (dream on!).
All (helpful) suggestions welcome!
Meanwhile it’s the mixture as before – despite the discomforts of the treatment, it’s all better than the alternative.
Yes, the hot flushes (I just sat through one, lasting around five minutes this time) are a nuisance, and they vary both in duration and timing – in other words, they can happen any time, and a variety of factors help to trigger them: alcohol being one of them – it relaxes your arteries, doesn’t it? Ambient temperature can trigger them – too warm outside = too warm inside!
To put this discomfort in perspective, I recently spoke to a lady whose hot flushes frequently lasted for 8 hours at a time. Yes, you read that right: eight hours! I’m getting off lightly!
Another feature of the treatment, which in my case took time to manifest itself, is the weight-gain and the minor discomforts that go with it. Having spoken to someone with similar treatment and thus side-effects to my own, I realise it’s not an isolated effect. Unless you’re seriously obese, most of us blokes don’t carry a layer of fat on our lower abdomen, just around the groin. But the hormone (Zoladex) treatment eventually pads this area out, which can lead to minor discomfort from friction in the groin, leading to rawness and even an unpleasant odour. The answer is very simple: hygiene! Use a simple or cleansing soap, and/or a skin-protecting cream frequently, and it clears up rapidly!
A propos the weight gain, I’m watching my eating habits to get mine down, and it’s working. Slowly! But I have shed around 4 kilos, and intend getting rid of another dozen or so. In my book it’s better to lose weight slowly, for several reasons:
- You’re not stressing yourself trying to hit your target in a hurry, which is counter-productive.
- Your system adapts to the new regime given time.
- Rapid weight-loss can result in unsightly sagging flesh, possibly requiring surgical intervention to remove.
- It is easier to maintain your target weight having given yourself the time you need to adjust to a new eating/exercise regime.
And that’s enough preaching! And enough for now.