Monday, December 21, 2009
Slept pretty well last night, so I was able to leave the house a little before 10am for my groceries, and was back home shortly after 11am. Last grocery shopping trip before Christmas; in fact, I won't be shopping in any other stores til after Christmas either. I got my usual stuff I buy every week, plus a few extra things for our family Christmas on Friday. Weather wasn't too bad either, cold, with a few flakes of snow in the air, but it wasn't windy, and the roads were all good.
Hip was hurting by the time I got home, but I was expecting that it would. Before I left this morning, it was already starting, so I was expecting it would probably be a little worse. My dad offered to take me to my dentist appointment in the afternoon, so that I could take a pain pill. (I don't drive when I take them because they make me sleepy).
The radiation center called after I got home, my MRI is scheduled for 8:30am Wednesday morning. I have to take the Xanax 45 minutes before; and the last time it really made me sleepy; I had taken it around 1:45pm, and by 8pm, I was falling asleep, so I don't expect to be awake for a good part of the day on Wednesday. But that is ok; as long I know ahead of time and know what to expect, I can plan around it. Most of the things I need to do to finish getting ready for having my family over on Friday can be done tomorrow or Thursday, and I am caught up enough on things that I won't have to rush either. I also have to make sure I don't wear anything with metal in it the day of the MRI, so I can wear my own clothes instead of a hospital gown. So I will be wearing a pair of stretchy athletic pants instead of jeans, and I'll also already have comfy clothes on if I want to go straight to bed and sleep when I get home. My followup appointment with the radiation oncologist will be on December 31st.
This afternoon, I had to have my dentist take a couple of x-rays of the tooth I had a root canal on years ago. There was some concern over it this summer; it wasn't hurting, but my dentist didn't like how it looked on the x-ray. And since I am on the Zometa, that means there is an increased risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw with dental surgery, so it's something we want to avoid if possible. At that time, I was sent to an endodontist, a special kind of dentist that only does root canals, to take a look at it. Problem is, there is a little bit of it that they can't see on x rays, but other than that, it looked fine, but he said he wanted to keep an eye on it. So he wanted me to get an x-ray taken of it every 3 months. Since his office is over an hour's drive out of town, he said I could have my regular dentist take the x-rays and she can send them down to him, so that is what I did today. She took a look at them before I left, and they look just fine to her, so I am sure they will to the endodontist too.
I am borrowing my mom and dad's rug cleaner so I can clean the carpet in my living room. My dad is going to come over tomorrow and help me with it. I told the furkids they would have to pick up all their toys, but I think I will be the one doing that, lol!
We have a weather system going through now, it's been snowing all afternoon. Not a strong system, (but we are supposed to get a storm Christmas Eve, yikes!) but enough to trigger a headache. Just took and Excedren and hoping it kicks in soon. At least my hip is starting to feel better; I'm very thankful for my dad driving me this afternoon so I didn't have to wait to take that pain pill.
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.
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