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Migraine this morning, and radiation day 6, and doctor today

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I woke up at 5am with a migraine. I took an Imitrex, and got my cold pack pillow thing out of the freezer, and went back to bed. It took about an hour, but it finally went away. But when I have one of those headaches, even after it goes away, I still feel very fatigued and wiped out for the rest of the day. Today was one of those days.

I also had another attack of the IBS this morning, but not as bad as the previous two I had since Sunday, and this time I only had to take 2 Imodium instead of 3.

So, today was one of those days where I just had to kind of drag myself through it. I felt very fortunate though that I did my grocery shopping yesterday, there's no way I would have tried it today.

I had my radiation appointment this afternoon; I was glad to be able to take my time getting ready for it today. Today was #6, which means 8 more to go. Today was also my "doctor day"; all patients at the radiation center have to see the doctor once each week. I have a lesion on my spine, about mid back, that showed up in the bone scan I had in June. At that time, I wasn't feeling any pain in that area, so after discussing it with my oncologist, it was decided that due to the side effects of having radiation to that area, that I didn't need it at that time since it wasn't causing pain. But lately, I've been having pain in that area, and last week, it starting increasing a bit more in frequency and intensity, so I thought it was time to say something about it. So I brought it up to the radiation oncologist today since I won't be seeing my regular oncologist til next month. Anyway, he said a bone scan would be needed to see if the lesion is getting worse, and if it is, they will need to do radiation.

If it hasn't changed, I won't need it. The pain from it is for the most part mild, something I can live with, it's just the idea that it could be getting worse that is bothering me the most. I should be finding out tomorrow when I'll be getting the bone scan done. But I feel a little better about it now that I have asked the doctor about it.

I knew that just because my radiation this time around was a shorter course, and low dose, it still didn't mean it would be a "walk in the park", but I wasn't expecting it take as much out of me as it has these past few days. But I will get through it, I'll keep on taking it one day at a time, hour by hour if I have too.

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KIRSTY1306 11/18/2009 11:10PM

    I read your blog , and all I got from it was ..." Oh my goodness, this woman is a fighter, she is amazing" . And you really are. You must be going through so much , and I can understand why you are so drained. I have a condition that affects me daily and I take 20+ tabelts daily, I get the migraines from the meds and the fatigue and the sickness, so I totally understand where you are coming from. Its no walk in the park for you and you should be proud of yourself for getting through each appiontment , each day , each month. You seem like such a string lady.
If you ever need to talk , you know where I am, feel free to add me as a friend.
Kirb xxx

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/18/2009 9:53PM

    You continue to amaze me --- with all the 'stuff' you go through and your attitude. I know how hard it can be and you have such grace. Hopefully tomorrow will be an easier day! God Bless! emoticon

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ASYOUWISH91 11/18/2009 9:43PM

    Hi there. Sorry you're feeling unwell and tired today. I hope tomorrow is a better day for you. I'm glad you talked to the doctor about your back. It's better to watch it closely and do something, if necessary, before it gets really bad. Take care.

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1GR8FULGAL 11/18/2009 8:36PM

    I'm sorry to hear you are not feeling well. (It's ironic; we share some of the same conditions.) You are such an amazing person; you are very strong and carry/project a wonderful attitude!! I'm glad I thought to give you that bear today and that you liked it. May he keep you company and remind you that you are in the t & p of others. May each passing hour bring an increase in your feeling better and more comfortable.
Hugs, Nancy

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CHATERJOY 11/18/2009 7:51PM

    I really think you are amazing...hang in there!

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Tuesday, November 17/ Radiation day 5

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I think the fatigue from the radiation is starting to hit me. I have been sleeping a little deeper sleep at night, which is a good thing, but it's still hard to roll out of bed in the morning. But I know that side effect is temporary, and I was expecting it. Just didn't think it would be quite this soon, after just 4 treatments.

My IBS flared up again this morning too; not as bad as it was Sunday, but it still took 3 Imodium before it stopped. I'm thinking now maybe it is from the radiation. But as long as I can keep it under control with the Imodium, I'll be fine. And hopefully, I'll only have to deal with it in the mornings and not all day.

I wasn't sure at first if I was going to be able to go for my groceries like I had planned, but I decided to get myself showered and dressed anyway, and then see how I felt. I was feeling better by then, so I left the house a little after 10am.

I went to Fashion Bug first, I had a $5 rebate coupon that was expiring this week, and another coupon for $10 off of a $25 purchase. I still ended up spending $60 there, so I think the store got the better end of that deal, lol! But I was happy to find this pair of winter boots, which I used the $10 coupon on:
I got the tan ones. They are so cute and comfy! And they fit well. I have a hard time sometimes finding footwear that is comfortable, because my feet are kind of narrow. Most winter boots are too wide for me, even though they are supposed to be regular width, and my feet slide around inside them, even with thick socks on. These are a bit narrower though, and I think I can walk around in these and be comfortable.

I also bought a baby doll style cardigan with 3/4 sleeves, a cami, and some dark brown suede flats that were on sale. My hip was starting to get sore by the time I got done in there, and I probably should have gone home and waited til tomorrow to do my grocery shopping, but when I thought about the struggle I had to get out of bed this morning, and wake up, I decided I'd rather get it done today and sleep in tomorrow. So I went to Meijer next and got my groceries for the week. Fortunately, I had a relatively short list this time.

I was hurting by the time I got home. I took one of my pain pills right away. They make me sleepy, but since my dad has been driving me to my radiation treatments, that's ok. If I would have had to drive, I would have waited.

It was chilly out today, but sunny and dry, so I took my new boots outside on the porch and sprayed them with some waterproofing spray made for suede and leather. That way when I want to wear them, they will be ready to go.

By the time my dad picked me up for my radiation treatment, the pain pill was starting to work.

The radiation is sponsoring an art exhibit that runs through the end of the month, artwork made by cancer patients and survivors. They started setting up the pictures today. I got to see some of them. Some were hopeful, some were sad, but they were all beautiful works of art. I have 9 more treatments to go, and knowing I have this beautiful art to look at makes that prospect a lot more pleasant.

So, it's now near my dinner time. I am feeling sleepy from the pain pill, but I know tomorrow I can sleep in a little longer if I need too. I know from past experience to pace myself with my daily activities, and if I need a little extra sleep each day until I get through this, that's ok too.

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SUEJENN 11/18/2009 3:06PM

    Popped in to see how you were doing. You are good to yourself, taking the time to rest instead of pushing it and paying for it later. Hope things go well with the rest of the radiation treatments. Your positive attitude shines through!

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CARTOONB 11/17/2009 11:04PM

    Cute shoes! Hope the radiation does it's job.

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HOPE2BE 11/17/2009 9:58PM

    that's great that you have such supportive parents. I know I always have had the support of my parents and its really helped. It sounds like you're getting things accomplished even though its small things. Sleep is the best thing for you.

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1GR8FULGAL 11/17/2009 6:55PM

    Hi, I stopped in to check on you and see how you are doing/feeling. It sounds like kind of mixed. Well, just know Sparkers are here for you and I am thinking of you often and always wishing you all the best. You are incredibly strong! Take good care -it sounds like you are. I'm very grateful it sounds like your parents are supportive- that's great. N.

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Feeling better today; 4 rads done, 10 more to go

Monday, November 16, 2009

I skipped my usual Monday morning grocery shopping trip and slept in instead. I didn't get up til 9:30am, and it took me another hour to feel fully awake, but I'm feeling much better than I did yesterday. Other than the ongoing hip pain issues, I'm pretty much back to normal.

I have IBS, and I think what I had yesterday might have been a flare up of that. Sometimes it's triggered by stress, and often, it doesn't hit me until it's a day or two past whatever stressful event caused it, kind of like a delayed reaction, and last week I had a little more stress than usual. I had my first radiation treatment on Tuesday, which isn't stressful in itself, but that was the day the machine had broken down, so I had to wait an hour for my treatment, and I was an hour late for my oncologist appointment which was the same day, and I also had my Zometa that week. Then Thursday was my mom's surgery. I didn't feel stressed out at the time, but I think the stress was mainly just not used to so much activity in a week for such a long time. The weeks I have the Zometa treatments I feel a little fatigued also.

I had radiation treatment #4 this afternoon. I was in and out of there in less than 10 minutes. I got there a few minutes early, and was just about to sit down in the waiting area when the tech came and said they were ready for me. 10 more to go now.

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LYRICS2 11/17/2009 1:48PM

  Glad you are feeling better.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/17/2009 11:36AM

    I'm glad to hear you are feeling better! emoticon

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1GR8FULGAL 11/17/2009 12:39AM

    Well, I'm thinking of you and wishing you the best every day. Take good care. (I have IBS, too) Hugs, Nance

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Not feeling so good today

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Just a warning, if you are easily grossed out, you may not want to read my blog today.

I woke up around 6:30am, with a headache, and I had diarreah starting also. After I had been in the bathroom, I took an Excedren and went back to bed, but after having to get up several times, and the headache still not going away, I got up again at 7am and took 2 Imodium and an Imitrex. I went back to bed, and the Imitrex worked quickly on the headache, and it made me sleepy, but still I could not sleep because I had to run back to the bathroom every few minutes. I took a third Imodium at 9am, and finally, sometime after 9:30am, the diarreah finally stopped. I got up at that time, I couldn't get back to sleep, and decided I was probably starting to get dehydrated, so I'd better start drinking some water.

I'm not sure if I have a bug, ate something that didn't agree with me, or if it's radiation side effects. I didn't think the radiation was going to be hitting any part of my bowel, but maybe it's something that cannot be 100% prevented, and it doesn't seem like it would be affecting me quite so soon anyway, since I've only had 3 treatments so far.

I started feeling a little better after a couple of hours in the recliner, watching tv and sipping some water. Still feel a little weak and wiped out, but some of that is from the headache and the Imitrex. I haven't eaten much today, but so far haven't had any problems with the little bit I have had so far; a banana, some yogurt, and some mashed potatoes made from one of those instant mixes.

I had taken some chicken breasts out of the freezer last night to thaw overnight in the refrigerator to cook in the crock pot today. I went ahead and started them, since I had to use the chicken since it was already thawed. I think I might be able to eat some later, there's nothing wild and crazy in it; just some chicken broth and seasonings.

I've spent most of my day in the recliner, watching tv or looking through the Sunday paper, and I'm still in my pajamas. I'm just going to get through this day the best I can and hope I am feeling better tomorrow. I start another week of radiation tomorrow.

I'm putting off my Monday morning grocery shopping trip for now; even if I am feeling better in the morning, I don't really feel like getting my list and coupons ready today. I have enough in the house anyway to eat even if I can't get to the store for a few days. And since I have had to deal with IBS at times over the years, I know how to adjust my diet until I am feeling better again.

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KIRSTEN 11/16/2009 11:32AM

    I am so sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I have IBS and can sympathize with what you are going through, it makes you feel so drained (literally!) and like you can't leave the house, ie: the toilet. It isn't fun! I ususally go on a rice, applesauce and cottage cheese diet for a few days, and drink LOTS of water. You'll be in my prayers. Just try to enjoy the TV time with your kitties.

PS: Your hair looks great!

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ISLANDRITER 11/16/2009 9:52AM

    Hi Mom2, I too have IBS, on the way to Walgreen's in a moment to deal with the current wave...which has lasted five days now. When I was doing radiation, for stage iv, I drank liter bottles of a special water that would hydrate better, it has a purple label and is sold at Lowe's now. I ordered it by the cases...can't think of the name of it now (helpful). Anyway, regarding just overall radiation toxicity in the body, flushing it out with water is a must. I know you have your tweaks to do with your own special requirements. I just wanted to pass that one your way. Prayers are going your way. (You also encourage me because I have several days each week that I have to live out Plan B.) Baby steps are good for the soul. emoticon

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MARLOU4 11/16/2009 7:58AM

    Hope you are feeling better. I'm praying for a better day for you.

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DEUCE119 11/16/2009 7:48AM

    Here's hoping you feel better today!

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PATRICIA441 11/15/2009 8:05PM

  Sorry you had a rough day. Hopefully, you can sleep well tonight and regroup. Tender Hugs. Pat

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SUEJENN 11/15/2009 6:59PM

    Sorry you are feeling so badly. Days like that seem to feel like they last forever. Maybe you could ask about side effects of the radiation. They may have some suggestions. I wish I could be there to help you with your day. Hugs and kisses. I hope you are feeling better tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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THORNBIRD1 11/15/2009 4:18PM

    So sorry you are going through this it never feels good to be so sick. Hang in there I'm sure you will feel better tomorrow.

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AUSSIEYANK 11/15/2009 4:12PM

    Sweetie, wishing you well as soon as possible cos you deserve the best!

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A pic of my new haircut

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It's not the greatest picture, it's one that I took of myself, you know, just stretched my arms out in front of me holding the camera, and snapped the picture, but at least you can see what my new haircut looks like.

I slept in this morning, really needed the sleep. It was nice not to have anywhere to have to go today either.

I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies this afternoon, a "healthified" recipe I found in a Prevention magazine. I've made them before and really liked them. The recipe makes 16 cookies. I kept 4 for myself, and the rest I am giving to my mom and dad. I had to take a pain pill because I was probably on my feet too long doing all that, but it's a good feeling to bake something and have it turn out nice, especially if you are going to be sharing it with other people.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/17/2009 11:34AM

    The new haircut looks very nice on you!

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SUEJENN 11/15/2009 7:14PM

    I love the new cut!

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GIRANIMAL 11/15/2009 10:54AM

    Oooh, love your new haircut! You look fantastic. emoticon

Also, would you care to share your "healthified" chocolate chip cookie recipe? I love to bake and have been wanting to start experimenting with better-for-us versions. I find it awesome fun to see if I can trick the boyfriend into not noticing the difference too. emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/15/2009 10:54:27 AM

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SWIMLOVER 11/15/2009 6:24AM

  Shari, I really like the new hair cut. I also like the cat picture. I love cats!

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SOCCERMOM172 11/14/2009 10:52PM

    Cute haircut! And I love the cat picture! So nice of your kitty to help you bake
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ANTEEKER 11/14/2009 7:17PM

    Hey Shari, I like the shorter cut.. Looking Good emoticon

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ANTEEKER 11/14/2009 7:17PM

    Hey Shari, I like the shorter cut.. Looking Good emoticon

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ANTEEKER 11/14/2009 7:17PM

    Hey Shari, I like the shorter cut.. Looking Good emoticon

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SHARYNAT 11/14/2009 6:36PM

    The haircut looks great and I'm a stranger. I wish I could wear my hair short.

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/14/2009 6:18PM

    And now we know how its a healthier recipe: cat hair adds FIBER!! Great job all around

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AVALONAPPLE 11/14/2009 5:37PM

    You look emoticon

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KAT7457 11/14/2009 5:28PM

    I like the haircut and the cat cool.

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