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A good day to stay inside

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.

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HISOWN1 12/11/2009 6:43AM

    Loved your pictures and please keep the snow brrrr
The necklace is gorgeous you have a wonderful talent for making jewelry

Have ag reat day

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/10/2009 10:16PM

    That's a gorgeous necklace - beautiful! And your pictures are, too. I especially like the bottom picture - looks like a dusty miller plant poking out and all iced over! Good luck tomorrow with your MRI. When I took Xanax, it always made me feel sleepy, even the .25 mg. size. So I bet you'll do fine with the MRI. All the best to you tomorrow - Susan

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COOKIE502 12/10/2009 8:57PM

    Great photos! Good luck with the MRI.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/10/2009 8:03PM

    The necklace is beautiful. I love the other pics as well. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow ... good luck on the MRI. emoticon

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HOPE2BE 12/10/2009 6:33PM

    Very talented Shari. That's Ok Shari if we miss you tomorrow. Sleep would probably do you good. Love the pictures of the outside.

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VALI_T 12/10/2009 6:23PM

    Yes, the necklace is beautiful. I've done some beadwork in the past, but I've never learned how to string beads to make necklaces. But there's a woman at work who does all kinds of things with beads and she has promised me that if I buy a couple of things and take some of my many beautiful beads to work with me, she'll teach me how to string beads and how to make earrings. All I need to do is get off my hind end and buy a couple of things that I need....

Good luck with the MRI. I hate them, but not because of claustrophobia or anything like that. My back starts to hurt when I have to lie flat in that machine for too long emoticon Anyway, I hope it goes okay.

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BLOSSOMKITTY 12/10/2009 5:49PM

    gorgeous necklace!

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First snowstorm of the season

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.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 12/9/2009 9:11PM

    Love the pictures. Wish it was doing that here instead of the real cold weather.

God Bless

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MJMONE 12/9/2009 7:28PM

    pretty pictures..but sounds like a lot of hard work!

sounds like a good day to snuggle with the kitties on the couch!!

take care!!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/9/2009 7:22PM

    It snowed here all day. I shoveled our driveway and some of the sidewalk but it was so wet and heavy ... my back is still achy. I wanted to do it by hand so that I could get some exercise in.

Temperatures are supposed to drop tonight with highs of 12 degress (and windchills -20) ...

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SUEJENN 12/9/2009 7:18PM

    Your pictures are beautiful. We got about 15 cm but some of the drifts at my dad's place were over my boots. The snow is really wet and heavy! Then we had rain. I hope this winter turns out to be moderate with little snow. Good news about the markers. I hope the roads are clear for your trip for your MRI. Do you ever feel like you are moving from one appointment to the other. A month off and a holiday in the sun would be nice about now. Where should we go?

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Tumor markers finally going down!

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.

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/9/2009 11:51PM

    So happy to read your great news, Shari! That's absolutely wonderful! I'm glad you're good at taking care of yourself in such a lovely, nurturing way, too. There's not a whole lot we can do about the weather...we kind of have to roll with the punches when it gets bad. - Susan

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/9/2009 3:28PM

    Praise God that your markers are dropping!!! That's wonderful news. Praying that you will soon be feeling better and can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.
Blessings and hugs,

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ISLANDRITER 12/9/2009 8:57AM

    Shari, I am lifting you up in prayer and celebrating the markers going down! Hope you are surrounded by the love and support others are sending your way! Blessings, Mary

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CARTOONB 12/9/2009 12:17AM

    Yippee! So glad to hear that your markers are heading down. I hope the rest of you starts feeling better too. Good luck with the weather..

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1GR8FULGAL 12/8/2009 11:36PM

    Hi Shari, I'm so very, very happy to hear your great news WOO-HOO!! I'm so grateful for that! Praise the Lord! I'm sorry to hear about your other challenges but I pray they will be worked out over time and that you will come to be more comfortable very soon. N.
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DIVALICIOUS7 12/8/2009 9:23PM

    I'm so glad to hear the good news for you - sorry about the migraine - you don't need one of those on top of everything.

Please curl up with a cup of tea & the kitties - rest can help heal, too Hugs & you're in my prayers Claire

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PATRICIA441 12/8/2009 9:06PM

  Cuddle up with your fur kids and relax. So glad your markers are going down! Wonderful news!

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AVALONAPPLE 12/8/2009 8:52PM

    Congrats on the lower tumor markers..what wonderful news to read! Try and not fret about the funeral of your friend's is beyond our control and like a previous sparker commented, your heart is in the right place. Have an enjoyable evening with kitties and t.v.:D


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MUSIC66 12/8/2009 8:43PM

    that great news soorry you had a migerain headach.

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HOPE2BE 12/8/2009 8:36PM

    That's great news that the tumor markers are down. Don't worry about what you cannot fix. What's important is where your heart is and its in the right place. I hope now that you've gotten the radiation done you can get treatment for the sciatic nerve.

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VALI_T 12/8/2009 7:14PM

    Wonderful news about your tumor marker level. I sometimes do that kind of testing in my job and it's always just wonderful to see a patient's levels go down instead of up. So emoticon for you. I hope it's a trend that continues. emoticon

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KIRSTEN 12/8/2009 6:18PM

    Congrats on the lower tumor markers, what great news! Your attitude is right on, don't worry about what you can't control, and relax with the kitties! Sometimes I have bouillon in the morning instead of coffee, it doesn't give me heartburn. emoticon

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/8/2009 6:06PM

    You know how to relax emoticon ... with the kitties! I'm sorry to hear you had a bad start to the day .... but what wonderful new regarding the tumor markers. Enjoy your night!

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The start of a busy week

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.

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AVALONAPPLE 12/7/2009 8:34PM

    I am sorry to hear about your friends' loss. She is lucky to such a good friend as you. Take care..

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GIRANIMAL 12/7/2009 5:19PM

    Sorry to hear about your friend's dad. What a wonderful friend you are, planning ahead to ensure you can attend the services despite your pain and other health challenges, plus now the snow!

Speaking of which, I have one of those extending snow brushes too. I am short and have a taller car (PT Cruiser) and I love it! I hope it makes your winter a little easier.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/7/2009 5:01PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your friends dad. It's nice that you will be able to go to the funeral.
Take care ... I hear lots os snow is on the way ... we live in Illinois. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Finished up the Christmas shopping today

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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1GR8FULGAL 12/7/2009 2:06PM

    hi Shari, I always enjoy hearing from you on your blog. Sometimes, I almost feel like I'm there with you. I'm sorry to hear you are still not feeling better but I am grateful for the progress you have made. I think you and I share a similar attitude. Glad you got out and about, saw a few friends, and got your shopping almost done - good for you! Feel better soon. Nancy

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SUEJENN 12/7/2009 12:21AM

    Shari, I am so glad to hear that the pain has lessened in your hip with the treatment. Now about this being ready for Christmas before Cristmas Eve!! I wish I was as well organized as you are. I agree with you about the impatient people in lines. The complaining does not make the line go faster and sucks the energy out of you. I like to use that time to chat with my line mates. If I can put a smile on someones face well I have had a good time. Besides it makes the time go faster and I fell better when I get to the cash. You take care, I will be thinking about you.

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DKAB55 12/6/2009 8:41PM

    Bless your heart; braving the crowds when your in pain...not fun.
This is the first time I've read your blog, the pain you have now I hope will soon fade into a blur; you have a great outlook on life and the belief that you will once again take long walks.
Here's Kudos to you!

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BAILEYSMOM7 12/6/2009 8:32PM

    Really enjoy your post. I am so sorry that you are battling health issues. I love your strength and positive attitude. And your cats! :)

Sadly, I think impatient people are those that have had it easy. I have found that as my life has taken its own twists and turns, I focus much more on what matters and what doesn't. My son and I end our day telling each other what good deed we had done for a stranger. He usually had better stories, but that is one of my favorite things about him. It is the best way to end the day.

Be well!

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BMRBUDDY 12/6/2009 4:55PM

    I can't tell you how much I really enjoy your posts! You just tell it like it is. I am more of a patient person. So I can understand that lines at this time of the year can be long and I know the cashiers are doing everything possible to help move them along. They have to be exhausted and short tempered but they do keep smiling! Now my Hubby, on the other hand, is very impatient and short tempered. I adore him and love him dearly. I guess we balance each other out but I do often remind him how easy life is for him! He shuts up then! emoticon Thanks for posting. I do look forward to them.

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HOPE2BE 12/6/2009 4:31PM

    You know I always try to smile and thank the cashier whenever I go out shopping. What a gorgeous cat you have. He or She must be spayed or neutered. They usually don't get that big unless they are. I'm glad you're going to miss the really big lines at the end of the month. With all of it out of your way you won't have to be standing long on your feet waiting to pay and shop around. Have a good sleep

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/6/2009 2:49PM

    Loved your post today! I'm glad you got out a bit. And I really loved the pictures ... lol

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