Friday, June 12, 2009
One year ago today I was fidgeting in a hospital gown, waiting for my lumpectomy. Hard to imagine it's been a year!
We're having a garage sale tomorrow. I don't know how successful it will be, as we live in a very small town with a flashing yellow light to mark our downtown. I'm running an ad in our local paper and I've posted it on Craig's List, and my husband picked up some signs. Keep your fingers crossed...I don't want to have to lug all this stuff back into my closets!
And in just eight days, my husband and I will be on vacation in Key West! We'll be down there for a week, then visiting the Everglades on the way back, celebrating our 20th anniversary and the Ladies being Cancer Free! I won't have access to a computer, so if you wonder where I am for about ten days, that's where.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
I found a free relaxation yoga video On Demand Comcast and I've done that about four-five times this week before bed. I can't bend or hold the poses the way the instructor can, but the stretching feels good. The narration and music is very soothing. I think it's helping me wind down and sleep better.
My Pink Ribbon Ladies group will have a boutique at the October Tea Party, which raises money for a local non-profit cancer foundation. I've been knitting up potholders (yes, it's a bit silly, but they're quick and it gives me a chance to try out new patterns and techniques.)
And Burn Notice is back! I love summer cable TV...The Closer comes back on Monday!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I used to be able to lay in bed, read for a bit before turning off the light and within 10-15 minutes, I was out.
During chemo and radiation I noticed I was having a hard time "winding down." Before, I could sort of relax my thoughts, but a few months ago I realized I couldn't any more. I'd also wake up several times during the night.
I talked to my surgeon, and he said that was common once a woman hit menopause. I'm in an artificially induced menopause because of my breast cancer, and the chemo and the Tamoxifen have stopped my hormones, since my tumour was feeding off them. He prescribed Lunesta.
Thing is, I've been trying to "stretch" the Lunesta by not taking it every night, and taking Tylenol PM instead. (My doctor knows I take the Tylenol, and I don't take it on the nights I take a Lunesta.) But last night, I took the Tylenol PM and did not sleep well at all. I woke up several times during the night and pretty much dragged myself through the day.
I've tried melatonin, but that doesn't seem to do much either, so I will not buy any more after I finish up this bottle. I will look into valerian next, and trying some relaxing yoga and meditation before bed.
I also realized something else. Before I lost the weight I hardly ate breakfast on the weekends. I usually hopped in the shower and ran off to do my errands. But lately I've discovered that I get light-headed and dizzy while out and about if I haven't eaten breakfast. I joked to Ivylad today that I had less fat reserves to draw on. I do know after we got home and I had lunch I felt better.
So, one thing realized and one thing to work on.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
First off, thank you to all our soldiers and sailors who died in service to our country. Your sacrifice can never be honored enough.
I took my daughter to Ross today so she could use her birthday gift card, then we stopped by Home Depot to get some herbs for my herb garden because my rosemary plant is lonely. I wanted oregano, but they didn't have any, so I got sage and sweet basil. With all the rain we had this past week I don't think I need to water them in, especially since more rain is forecast this week.
I'm glad I'm off work tomorrow. I don't think we have anything planned, so maybe we'll just do the traditional hamburger/hot dog cook-out to kick off the summer. Although in Orlando(ish), it's been summer-like for several weeks now!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Just a port flush and a follow up, no biggie. But he paid me a wonderful compliment today.
He told me people ask him how he can be a cancer doctor. As you can imagine, it's a hard specialty, and with all your efforts, patients can still die. He told them the reason he keeps going is people like me. He called me his Energizer Bunny, that I've come a long way since my diagnosis and he's so proud of my progress, and I'm the only patient he had who lost weight while on chemo. (That was on purpose with the help of SparkPeople, so that's okay.)
I thought that was a nice warm fuzzy.
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