Thursday, December 10, 2009
Quite windy last night, it was really howling when I went to bed. Had some more snow too; not enough to have to shovel, but enough to blow around and a lot of the area schools were closed for the second day in a row.
I had nowhere I had to go today. I spent about an hour this morning doing a little cleaning; nothing heavy, mostly just picking up clutter. Glad to have the kitchen and living room in order again.
I also finished this necklace I made for my sister for Christmas. I got into beading about 3 years ago, but I still consider myself a novice. When I was working, I didn't have the time for it very often, and since I quit working, I've either been too tired, or too busy with other things, so I still haven't done a lot with it. I still need practice with getting the clasps attached to the necklaces; it took me awhile to finish up this one this morning, and I'm really hoping it will hold, especially since it's a gift.
I also enjoyed the view I had of the birds from my living room window. I often take pictures of them. I have a few cardinals, but they seem to fly off as soon as I pick up the camera, though they are not bothered by my two cats sitting in the window and watching them, lol. I like this one of the blue jay I saw this morning, he seems to be thinking about which peanut looks the best.
I've been eating plain chicken most of the time for my dinner, since I am still on a bland diet because of the IBS. I thought I'd try something different tonight; earlier today I made some turkey burger patties, using lean ground turkey. I used a recipe I found in my Foreman grill cook book; left out anything I thought would aggravate the IBS. Just used some egg white and bread crumbs to hold them together and just salt and pepper for seasoning. I'll cook one for dinner tonight and I froze the rest.
Tomorrow is "garbage day", the day that the trash is picked up in our neighborhood. I had my hat and gloves on along with my winter jacket when I got everything out and into my can, but it was still quite cold out there with the wind. I have one of the large cans with the wheels on it; not that I really need one that big, but I have it because the wheels give it enough weight that I don't have to worry about it blowing away in the wind. Sometimes if the weather is really bad during the winter, I'll haul the can out every other week instead.
While I was outside, I noticed a couple of plants poking up through the snow; one still green. They looked like they would make interesting pictures so I went inside and got my camera.
By late this afternoon, my back was starting to hurt, so I had to take one of my pain pills, but my hip feels much better if I am not sitting all day. I am sleepy now, but my back isn't hurting any more.
Tomorrow is my MRI on the spine. I have a Xanax to take 45 minutes ahead of time. I've never taken Xanax before, so I don't know if I will feel awake enough when I get home to post a blog or not; so if you don't see me tomorrow, I'm probably sleeping, lol.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
We ended up getting a little over 4 inches of wet and heavy snow overnight. Most of the schools in the area were closed. By the time I got up, the weather had quieted down; not much wind and the snow had stopped for awhile. I think the streets in town would have been ok for driving, but I still missed my friend's father's funeral this morning because I was still not feeling good from my treatment yesterday, and my IBS was a little worse this morning. But I knew expecting to get dressed up and go somewhere the morning after a treatment wasn't realistic. But I still wish I could have gone.
I did send a card out to her in the mail today, and also mailed my memorial contribution to their church.
I had to go out and move my car for the plow; thankfully it wasn't too cold outside then. After the plow did the side of the street where I park my car, I shoveled out my walkway. Didn't have much to shovel, but the heavy snow made my back ache a little.
I did some laundry today, and later in the afternoon went out to refill the bird feeders. By then, it was snowing again, and getting a little windy. My hands were getting pretty cold. I was bundled up, but it's too hard to open the tops of the feeders with gloves on. Hopefully, the seed will last a couple days before I have to refill again. And I should have done it earlier in the day when it wasn't quite so cold.
Late in the afternoon, it started to really snow again, but so far, we aren't under any watches or warnings. But it looks like there might be a lot of snow blowing around tomorrow. Fortunately, I have nowhere I need to go til Friday afternoon, when I get the MRI.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
My day didn't start out very well today; woke up with both an IBS attack, and a migraine. The migraine I am sure was triggered by the weather, we have a strong storm system coming, and starting at 7pm tonight, we will be under a winter storm warning. I took my Imitrex and went back to bed with my microwavable sinus pillow on my head, and was able to get rid of the headache. But when I take the Imitrex, it leaves me feeling very tired and slightly nauseous for the rest of the day.
The hip has been bothering me today also; but it feels like sciatic pain, and probably is affected by the weather too. And even though the radiation has helped the pain from the cancer, it will still take some time before everything is healed.
I had my appointment with my oncologist scheduled for 2:45pm, and my Zometa treatment after that. My oncologist's office is actually about 60 miles away from here, but he and his two oncology nurses come up here every Tuesday to our hospital's Specialty Clinic. They called me this morning to see if I could come in earlier today; they were trying to get everyone in as early as possible because of the weather, so that they could close the office early and leave town before the roads started getting bad. So my appointment was at 1:15pm instead. I was glad to be able to get in earlier, because it meant I'd be back home that much earlier.
There was some good news with my lab work; my tumor marker is finally starting to go down; still a little too high, but a big improvement over the past months, when it had starting rising in June. So my doctor was pleased about that, and he is sure it is due to the radiation. And he decided to keep me on the Aromasin also. He gave me one more box of samples, about a 2 week supply, and now I have a prescription for it also. After my Zometa treatment, I also had my Lupron injection. I get the Lupron every 3 months.
I'm due for lab work in 3 weeks again, but they won't be coming up that week because of the New Year holiday, so my lab work is in 4 weeks instead and my Zometa again the week after that.
I have been watching the weather, and I am still not sure if I'll be able to go to that funeral tomorrow. I'm going to try not to fret over it tonight though; there's nothing I can do about the weather, and there is nothing to do but wait til morning and see how conditions are. Worrying about the weather isn't going to change it. And if I can't make it, I'm sure I won't be the only one. Tonight anyway, I'm going to relax and recover from my treatment, and curl up with the kitties under my electric blanket and enjoy my guilty pleasure tv shows; 90210 and Melrose Place. I just wish I could enjoy a cup of hot chocolate too, but I can't have that now with the IBS. Maybe I'll have a hot cup of chicken boullion instead.
Monday, December 07, 2009
We had some snow overnight, not a whole lot, but just enough to make the roads slippery in spots. I took extra care driving to the store for my groceries this morning. At least there is not any wind today, so the temperatures don't feel that bad. Today's trip to Meijer went better than my trip to Walmart yesterday. Didn't have to wait too long at the checkout, and also my hip wasn't hurting as bad today. Still on the bland diet, so I didn't need to buy a lot in groceries this week.
I bought a snow brush for my car; the handle extends 52 inches; it will be nice to be able to clean the snow off the car without getting my coat all wet, since I am on the short side. And we have a snow storm coming Tuesday evening, so I am sure I will be getting my use out of it very soon.
A friend of mine lost her father over the weekend. The funeral is Wednesday, and I plan to go, even though it will be the day after my Zometa treatment. I won't have far to drive; the church is only a few minutes drive from my house, and my IBS has calmed down enough where I will be ok as long as I take my Imodium and don't eat much in the morning before I go. I just hope that the weather won't make it difficult for her sister and brothers who have to drive up here from downstate.
I am going to pick out my outfit tonight, so if anything need ironing or mending, I can do before my treatment tomorrow; after that, I know I won't feel like doing it. I haven't worn any of my dressy clothes for awhile, so I'm going to try them on to make sure they still fit right.
My oncologist appointment and Zometa treatment are tomorrow afternoon, and I have my MRI on Friday. I'll need to take a Xanax before the MRI, so that won't be day I really plan on accomplishing much, but that's ok; I can take a nice long nap when I get home.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I'm still dealing with the IBS from the radiation, some days are better than others. The painful cramps I have with it sometimes are starting to lesson though. And most of the time, my hip isn't feeling too bad either. I think the pain I am feeling in my hip now is mostly from my sciatica, because I can feel it in my knee. So even though I am still having pain in my hip, it feels different now since the radiation, more manageable anyway. When the IBS symptoms start to improve, I am going to try to start a fitness routine again, something that will help help those muscles in my back and legs. My goal is to able to go out walking for exercise again in the spring. It's not like I'm training for a marathon or anything, but if I can go out and walk for 15-20 minutes without hurting, that would make me very happy; and eventually I would like to increase that time.
I went out to Walmart this morning to get the rest of the little things I needed to complete my Christmas shopping. It was busy in there for a Sunday morning, but it didn't feel crowded. I didn't go over to the grocery side of the store. I don't grocery shop there anymore since the store was remodeled. They greatly reduced the variety of items they carry, and the aisles also feel smaller and closer together too, kind of makes me feel claustrophobic too. Anyway, I'm straying off my topic here. I took my time walking around the store and found the things I was looking for. Also stopped and talked to a couple of friends who were working today. (I used to work there until I stopped working a year ago.)
I was in a pretty good mood til I got to the checkouts. There were some lines, but not the worst lines I've seen in there. Not a lot of registers open too. But I knew that going in there to shop on a weekend this close to Christmas, I was probably going to have a little bit of a wait in line. What really bugged me was having to listen to the other customers crabbing and complaining; I hate being around that kind of negative energy, it doesn't serve any purpose. It certainly doesn't make the line move any faster either! And years ago, I use to be a cashier. I know what it's like to work behind a cash register this time of year, and have to put a smile on your face even though you are tired and overworked. I always make sure I give the cashier at least a smile and a "thank you"; when I use to be a cashier, those simple things went a long way with me.
Sometimes impatient people really get on my nerves, but I guess we are living in a society where people want everything instantly, and so many people always seem to be in a such a hurry all the time for everything. But if having to wait in line a few minutes at Walmart is their biggest problem in life, they are pretty lucky people.
My hip was hurting when I got home; I guess I overdid with the walking today, even though it didn't feel like a long time while I was doing it. But that is feeling much better now after taking a pain pill. At least my Christmas is all done now; almost all done anyway. I still need to get a bottle of brandy for my dad, and I will pick that up at Meijer while I am grocery shopping tomorrow. Here in Michigan, you can't buy liquor on Sundays anyway.
I'm feeling a little sleepy from the pain pill, so I probably won't get much of anything else accomplished today, but that's ok. All that stuff can wait til tomorrow. And tonight, I have a brand new Desperate Housewives to look forward too.
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