Sunday, December 20, 2009
Since my IBS has been better the past few days, I thought I would try my whole grain cereal for breakfast. About an hour later, I realized it was too soon for that, it aggravated the IBS again. So, I will wait a few days before I try anything like that again. But it hasn't been quite 3 weeks yet since the last radiation treatment, and it can take up to 4 to completely recover from it.
Hip pain is bothering me today, but I think it's from the sciatica, since I am feeling it in my knee today too. I haven't taken a pain pill yet today, but I probably should.
I did a short workout with my stability ball and the 1 pound weights, but other than that, I'm just taking it easy today, and allowing myself to be lazy. I'm watching one of my favorite old movies on TCM, Dr. Zhivago; a good long movie, perfect for a cold wintery Sunday.
I made a thank you card on the computer and printed it out to send to the cousin that sent me the $50 in my Christmas card last week.
I still need to finish up my grocery shopping list for tomorrow. Besides my own stuff, I will be getting part of the food for our family Christmas on Friday. It will be my last trip to any store until after Christmas, so I am going to make darn sure I don't forget anything. I will go in the morning to do my shopping, then I have a dentist appointment in the afternoon. And I am also hoping the radiation center will be calling me with the day and time for the next MRI.
I found a site called www.PikiPimp.com where you can add things such as Santa hats to photos. I had to try it out with a couple pics of my kitties.
This is Timmy.
And this is my Kallie
I actually have a Santa hat and scarf that is made for cats and small dogs, but I haven't been able to get them to wear it long enough to get a picture, so this is the next best thing, lol.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Nothing much exciting to blog about today.
Had another day almost free of my IBS symptoms.
Slept in this morning til almost 10am, haven't done that in a long time, but I had some sleep to catch up on.
Hip felt a little better, until very late this afternoon. But before it started to hurt, I got some cleaning and laundry done. I am right on schedule for having things ready for Christmas.
No major chores that have to be done tomorrow.
I got my order today from Chadwicks; 2 sweaters and a free tote bag. I tried on both sweaters, and they fit and are really cute; I've already decided that I'm wearing one of them for Christmas.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Feeling better with the IBS today; hardly any symptoms of that today, so I'm sure the flare up yesterday was just my nerves, in anticipation of my doctor's appointment that afternoon. Unfortunately, not having such a good day with the hip pain. Not sure what caused that to flare up so bad today. It's hurting down to my knee too. I think part of it may be from the doctor moving my leg around during my exam yesterday, trying to pinpoint where exactly I was feeling the pain, and that used some muscles that I haven't been use to using. And I sat for quite some time in the exam room on a chair, and it wasn't one of the nice, cushiony chairs like in the waiting room either.
I normally walk over to the mail room to pick up my mail, unless it's very icy, as takes me less than 2 minutes to walk over there and back, but today I drove my car over.
I've been trying to some sort of workout every other day, and today was that day. But with the hip pain today, I couldn't do much. I just sat on my ball instead and did some bicep curls and a few other upper body exercises with my weights. I like to sit on the stability ball when I use my weights, because it forces me to sit with good posture while I am exercising. That is something I learned in physical therapy this summer.
No call yet as to when my lumbar MRI will be, and since it is after 5pm now, I probably won't get a call until Monday.
But it's ok; I know they have other people to schedule for various tests, and with the holidays the next two weeks, the hospital has shorter weeks in which to fit everyone in. I'm thinking mine might be after Christmas anyway. But that might work out better for me anyway with the things I need to do to get ready for Christmas yet.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I did pretty well yesterday keeping my mind off my MRI results I got in the mail yesterday. I kept myself busy enough where I wasn't constantly thinking about them to the point of being anxious. But last night, I woke up at 3:30am because I had to use the bathroom; I had trouble getting back to sleep after that, and that is when I was starting to think more and get worried. It took me a long time to fall asleep again, only to wake up again at 7am and then I couldn't sleep at all, I was so wound up.
My IBS symptoms kicked back in again today, I think mostly because of nerves. I had some bad heartburn this morning too. I ended up taking 3 Imodium by the time I had to leave for my appointment with the radiation oncologist this afternoon.
I had my MRI of the cervical and thoracic spine last week.
Good news, no cancer in the cervical spine. I already knew I had mets in the T-10 and T-12 spine; the T-10 being the worst. But the MRI also showed mets in the T-6, and T-11. They also happened to get the the L-1 and the L-2 of the lumbar spine in the MRI; they weren't expecting to find anything there. But that could explain why I am still having pain in my hip even after the radiation to the lesions on my hip joint.
So, before I have any more treatment, my doctor wants to see the rest of the lumbar spine, so I will be having an MRI done on it. And it's also possible that the pain could be coming from something that is not cancer, like a bone spur or a chip in a bone. The radiation center is going to set up the appointment for the MRI, and then I will see the doctor again. Until then, I don't know if I will be getting more radiation, or another type of treatment.
I am doing ok, so far, with the news. My mind is still trying to process it. But at least I know this time, I can handle being in the MRI machine. I asked for another Xanax since it worked so well for me the last time. At least I know if I need further treatment, whatever it is, I won't need to start it til after Christmas, and probably not til after New Years either. So I'll have probably another couple of weeks yet to recover from the radiation I just finished a little over two weeks ago.
I got a happy surprise in the mail today. I got a Christmas card from one of my cousins; that wasn't the surprising part, since we exchange cards every year. The surprise was the $50 bill stuck in it! I guess she saw my mom in a store about a month ago, and she felt so bad when my mom told her about all I had been through this year. I had tears in my eyes when I read what she wrote in the card. It's amazing, when I get unexpected surprises like that, they always seem to happen just when I really need a pick me up. I am going to make her a thank you card and write her note this weekend.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Well, I guess those fries I had yesterday didn't do too much damage. I thought for sure they would aggravate the IBS even more than the radiation did. Since the diarrhea started during week 2 of the radiation, I usually wake up between 6-7am, and have to rush to the bathroom. But today, that didn't happen til after 8am, and it wasn't as bad this morning. So if my IBS is better despite what I ate yesterday, I think that is a sign things are beginning to heal. By the way, I hope I am not grossing anyone out by this topic, but I know there are others here on Spark that suffer from IBS, and I just want to be honest and tell it like it is. I want other people that suffer from it to know that it's not something they should be embarrassed about.
I am going to stick to the bland diet a few more days, and if things continue to improve, I will gradually add my normal foods back into my diet. I've really missed my apple I like to eat once per day, and having a salad with my dinner. It's hard to get enough servings of fruits and veggies on a bland diet. I have also been eating white bread, pasta, and rice on the bland diet, and I want to switch back to the whole wheat and whole grain versions of those I normally use.
I went out for my mail, as usual around 11am. It takes me less than two minutes (unless I stop and talk to a neighbor along the way) to walk over to the mail room and back. Today, among the magazines and Christmas cards I received today, was the envelope containing my MRI report. I was very anxious to rip it open and read the report; it felt like a long walk back to my house, and I couldn't hurry much either because I had to watch out for the ice where I was walking. Once I got in the house; I took my gloves of, and sat down with my hat, coat and boots still on and opened it up.
It's hard to tell, without having a medical degree, what the full report means. It mentioned several bone mets on my spine, which is no surprise, I knew I had some there, but not quite as many as the report said. I am just not sure if they are old or new, and whether they are stable or not. There is nothing in the report that gives me a clue as to what the radiation oncologist will say tomorrow, and I still have no idea if I will need the radiation or not. I am not sure how good or bad the report it. So I will not speculate on it any further for now. I am concerned, but I am not in a panic mode. I feel relieved anyway, that having the report before I see the doctor tomorrow makes me feel a little more prepared for whatever news he gives me.
Spent some more time doing some cleaning today, getting my house ready for Christmas. I sat down and took a short break a couple of times to give my hip a rest. Even though it is starting to feel better, I have to watch that I don't stand for too long without sitting and taking a break every now and then. I'm tired now, but part of that is because I stayed up too late reading last night, and I'm still feeling some of the fatigue from the radiation. So the rest of the afternoon I'll be taking it easy.
Last night, I made some "catnip ravioli" for Christmas gifts. I took some tan felt (I wanted to use cream color, but couldn't find any around town here, but that's ok, I'll pretend it's whole pasta, it's healthier anyway! ) I cut out squares using pinking shears, sewed three of the sided, stuffed them with catnip, then sewed them shut.
It didn't take long before Timmy and Kallie could smell the catnip. So I had to sprinkle some on their turbo scratcher toy so I could get my work done. I had the catnip in a plastic bowl while I was filling the toys, and when I was all done, I gave the bowl to the cats to lick out. Kallie especially loved it.
But I think when you are wearing a bowl on your head, you've been partying too hard, lol!
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