Sunday, March 16, 2014
Despite dealing with sinus headaches, bone and joint pain, and fatigue, I did my workout every day last week, and ended up with a total of 222 fitness minutes for the week. I am off to a good start for this week with 40 minutes today. With today's workout, I am at 469 minutes for this month so far.
The headaches have been triggered by the weather, it's been on a roller coaster here in Michigan this week - one day it will be in the low to mid 40's, then the next it will be windy and back down into the 20's or below, and we still have some nights where the temps have been going below zero.
'Tis the season; March and April have always been bad "headache months" for me.
I take butterbur twice per day, which helps some. It doesn't stop me from getting the sinus and migraine headaches, but it does cut down on the frequency of them, and the severity. I still get some severe ones once in a while, but not as often as I did before I started taking the butterbur.
The other aches and pains are a combination of weather related pain triggers; the weather changes often cause flare ups of the pain where I have arthritis, and the bone pain from the cancer. One of the new cancer meds I am on, the Aromasin, also can cause an increase in joint pain.
The fatigue is caused in part by having trouble sleeping; that is a possible side effect of both the Aromasin and Afinitor. My hemoglobin might be low again too, which is also another side effect of the cancer meds. I am getting bloodwork done Tuesday, so on the 25th, when I see my oncologist again, I will find out how my blood counts are doing. I'm sure not being completely adjusted to the time change yet factors into it also.
I've had some flare up of my gastroparesis symptoms also; I'm pretty sure that is from the Afinitor, because that can cause inflammation of the stomach lining. Fortunately, I've been able to avoid the mouth sores so far, the most common side effect of the Afinitor.
So, last week wasn't one of my best weeks, but despite what I had to deal with, it wasn't the worst either. I will keep pushing on, and I will try to make this week a little better.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
I wish really, they would just leave the time as it is, instead of having to change it twice per year. Besides messing up my sleep schedule, so many things have clocks on them these days that have to be reset. Thankfully, my computer and cell phone do it automatically, but I still have my alarm clock, my thermostat, VCR, and clocks on the stove and microwave that have to be changed manually.
In the scheme of things though, when you look at all the problems in the world, it's no more than a minor inconvenience. To make it easier on myself, knowing I had to be up early to get ready for church this morning, I just went ahead and set all my clocks ahead Friday night. Since it's just me and the kitties living here, I wasn't inconveniencing anyone else by doing so, and I didn't have anywhere I had to be at any certain time. Anyone that knows me well will also tell you that I don't like to leave things til the last minute either, LOL.
I normally get up between 7-7:30am, and yesterday, I got up at what would have been 6:30am for those NOT setting their clocks ahead a day early. Actually had a good day yesterday; I had my laundry done and my workout in before noon.
I was able to get up in time to get ready for church without feeling sleep deprived. It was nice to be back at church, and seeing everyone, after missing several weeks either because of my health issues or the weather.
Another important reminder, if you haven't done so already, is to remember to change your smoke alarm batteries when you are resetting your clocks.
Friday, March 07, 2014
I checked the temp right before I went out for the mail about an hour ago, and it was 44 degrees; the sun is shining too. It's the first day in a very long time that it hasn't felt bitterly cold outside. After I got back with the mail, I decided to fill my bird feeders, which have been sadly neglected.
I got all my of feeders filled, including the new feeder I bought back in January for the thistle seed, to replace the one that had fallen apart. I also put out fresh suet cakes and put out another ear of dry corn for the squirrels. It was a quite a workout walking through the deep snow to get to the feeders, and I felt winded when I got done, but even though some the snow got into the top of my boots and soaked part of my sweatpants, I am glad to have all the feeders full once again. I'm sure my two kitties will be happy too; they are indoor cats, and part of the reason I feed the birds and squirrels is so that they have some "live" entertainment.
Tomorrow it's only supposed to reach 32°F, and we still have some snow in the forecast, but today felt like a little taste of spring. Hopefully, the worst of the bitterly cold days are behind us now.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
I was just thinking about how tired I am of looking outside and seeing all the snow, so to cheer myself up and remind myself spring is coming, I have been looking back through some pictures I've taken over the years. I haven't been able to do any gardening the past few years because of my health issues, so some of these photos are a few years old. I still have a lot of perennials though that still come up each year. I thought I would post this blog today as a reminder that there is "life" under all that snow, things that will soon be green and many other colors.
This is the shady side of my porch.
A closeup of a bleeding heart that comes up each year, one of my favorites.
The next two photos are of my clematis vine that also comes back each year.
Flower bed in the front of my house
The side of my shed
A closeup of some of the lilies and daisies that come back each year
I took this photo of my tulips after a rainstorm; at the time, I had not had my digital camera very long, so I did not know how to take a photo without having the date show up in it.
A butterfly on my butterfly weed, another plant that returns each year
I just thought this moth was really cool; I was lucky to have spotted it when I was out in my yard with my camera.
Friday, February 28, 2014
This month started out kind of rough, a continuation of my pain and fatigue issues from January, but during the last week and a half, I have started feeling a little bit better each day.
I've had a few ups and downs with my weight, but I ended the month within my goal weight range.
I only missed 2 days of exercise, and ended up with a total of 738 fitness minutes this month. I think I am on track to meeting my fitness minutes goal for this year. Last month I had 755 minutes, but there were also 3 more days in that month, so I am happy for my total for this month. My average workout is usually around 25 minutes, but there were 7 times this month when I managed to do 30 minutes or more. I'm still doing the chair workouts, but for most of those, I've been able to do part of them standing.
The activity on my Spark team, A World of Books, slowed down a little bit, but now it seems to be picking up again. I sent out a team newsletter earlier today, and it's one I feel good about. March is National Reading Month, so I am planning on some things to get a little more activity going on the team.
My biggest struggle this month has been more mental than physical; just getting so tired of winter. This one has been much colder and much snowier than any other one I can remember. I am a homebody by nature, but even for me, this winter has felt isolating. It's been hard for me to get out for things other than necessary shopping and medical appointments, not being able to drive. I have friends willing to take me anywhere, but the bitter cold aggravates my pain issues and just makes me feel like staying home and hibernating. I did get out for a lunch with friends a couple of times though.
Even staying home, some days it's hard to find motivation to get up and get moving; on the very coldest days, it's very tempting just to stay in a chair all day with a blanket and heating pad. Most days though, I have been able to push myself to do at least something productive.
Last night was one of our coldest nights that I can remember in years; we got down to -21. Not sure, but that may be a record for us. This latest cold wave is supposed to last until Tuesday, but tomorrow it will be March, so that I hope even though we certainly have a few weeks of winter left, that will be the last of the very bitter cold.
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