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A "Take it easy" Sunday

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.

  
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CIAOBELLA57 12/21/2009 8:05PM

    I love the pics of your kitties in Christmas wear!!!! Mine will never sit still for it either.
Took Saturday off when the :Blizzard of 09" hit and it was lovely. Naps, movies, books, fun time with the pups in the snow,,,,,,,,,,,,,,sometimes lazy is good for the soul!!!

Hope your feeling better soon!



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ISLANDRITER 12/21/2009 10:00AM

    Shari, Thanks so much for sharing your journey. You just can't imagine how much you encourage me. I have had some severe struggles these last two months and your blogs have helped me to get my big girl panties back on...if you know what I mean? If I lived near you, I would offer to help you with your shopping this morning... Has the snow melted already? Your kittys are adorable. I am going to attempt the hats with pictures of my poodle/maltese. We'll see if I have enough techno-savvy to pull it off. I will post 'Lilly' if I can manage it. Big blessings for you holidays! Mary

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SWIMLOVER 12/21/2009 3:29AM

  I love the pictures of your beautiful cats with the Santa hats on! Maybe some day they will wear the real ones you have!
I am still praying for you. I hope you feel better real soon.
GOD BLESS!
Louise

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CELLOPLAYER1 12/20/2009 10:03PM

    The pictures are cute. Hope you are feeling better.

Julie

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BAILEYSMOM7 12/20/2009 9:34PM

    You have been in my thoughts. I hope you are feeling better. It sounds like every day brings new issues/concerns. You handle everything so well.

LOVE the pics with the added hats on the kitties. My cat wouldn't stand for it either, love the idea of putting it on digitally.

Be well!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/20/2009 9:14PM

    Sounds like such a pleasant day, Shari! I'm sorry your sciatica is acting up, though. Timmy and Kallie look adorable in their Santa hats :) I could never get my dog to wear "doggie clothes," either. But when I first saw these pics of your cats, I thought they really WERE wearing those Santa hats - you had me fooled! So I visited pikipimp, and what a fascinating site it is! Thanks for mentioning it! - Susan

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/20/2009 7:21PM

    Very cute website! Very cute kitties!

I know that I am going to e very busy finishing up everything next week so I wanted to wish you a very good week!

It sounds like you are going to be able to eat 'real' food by Friday. Buy some special things at the grocery store for you ... you certainly deserve it!

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VALI_T 12/20/2009 4:51PM

    What a couple of cuties. They look great with the Santa hats on, even if it's all computer generated. Timmy looks particularly regal with his Santa hat. emoticon

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Saturday, December 19

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.

  
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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/19/2009 11:15PM

    I'm glad your hip felt better for a good part of the day ... that has to be such a relief.

You are so amazing ... even with everything you have had going on you have stayed on track for Christmas .... you go girl!

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SWIMLOVER 12/19/2009 11:04PM

  Shari, I am still praying for you. I pray that your hip will continue to get better and better. Also, Congrats on being right on schedule for getting things ready for Christmas! You are doing better than I am! We have not even decorated our house yet!
GOD BLESS!
Louise

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SOCCERMOM172 12/19/2009 10:58PM

    Glad your hip is starting to feel better. Hope it feels better for good soon! That's wonderful that you had another day of almost no IBS symptoms. Congrats on being on schedule for being ready for Christmas! I'm jealous bc I wish I could say the same thing. Congrats on the new sweaters and free tote bag! What a nice treat for yourself. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Hip is really hurting today

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.


  
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SAPNA. 12/19/2009 1:14PM

    Glad you are feeling better. Hope your appt goes well this afternoon.
God Bless,
Myrna.

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/18/2009 9:38PM

    emoticon I'm sorry you've been plagued with that miserable musculoskeletal pain, Shari...and I agree with the others that this cold weather never helps it. Good for you, though, for doing fitness work by using your stability ball and weights. I had always kept up with my PT exercises until very recently, and I've already developed a lot of muscle pain in my back from going without the upper-body ones. The sooner I get back to my routine, the better I'll feel! Stay warm and feel better...I was so glad to hear the IBS has waned. - Susan emoticon

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AVALONAPPLE 12/18/2009 8:37PM

    Sorry to hear about your hip pain..but it sounds like you had a good workout. I like stability balls, but unfortunately I never seem to get the knack of inflating them..LOL.
Jennifer

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HOPE2BE 12/18/2009 8:03PM

    She's right coldness and rain make me hurt worse. I need heat to make it feel better. Have you tried a heating pad on your hip and leg to make it feel better ? For arthritis they say get in a warm pool and it helps the pain go away. Also there's less stress on the joints when in a pool and the weight doesn't pull you down like on the streets. Try that and see. Its exercise too. Just walking in the pool and swimming will help it.

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DIOZZE 12/18/2009 5:46PM

    When the weather changes you can have a lot more aches and pains. Here we had pouring rain this morning and snow befor 4 pm.....For my husband....I know weather changes and mositure make him hurt more.

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Saw doctor today about MRI results

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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HOPE2BE 12/18/2009 8:08PM

    That's wonderful Shari that your cousin thought of you this year. The results will come in due time. I know you'll get better results when you go in. I'm still praying for you and always have you on my mind.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 12/18/2009 9:44AM

    Shari, I just read back blogs and think I am caught up with you once again. I wrote your appointments in my calendar and prayed for you. Hoping for you in regard to your doctor visits and whats ahead. Glad youll get a break over the holidays. Can you post the crockpot potato soup recipe; I think Id like to try that one. My mom made a lot of potato soup for us when I was young and its a treat! Loved the shots of Kallie with the catnip bowl! I just think cats are the best creature on earth! I love watching my two.

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SAPNA. 12/18/2009 6:52AM

    Lots of trouble, but a few bright spots in your day. I wish with all my heart and soul that from this moment the brightness will grow and grow till there is no darkness left in your body and in your world.
Myrna.

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/17/2009 11:16PM

    I'm so sorry the news from your MRI wasn't more encouraging and that you'll be needing an additional MRI, Shari. It had been my hope that you'd get a nice, long breather following your radiation... This is a good time to relax, enjoy the holidays, and get lots of much needed rest. Wasn't that sweet about your cousin? So thoughtful and generous! And I didn't know you made your own cards...she'll love that! These unexpected surprises really are so welcome, aren't they? emoticon - Susan

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BMRBUDDY 12/17/2009 8:45PM

    You are a hero and an inspiration to all of us. You are an incredibly strong person and can handle what is dealt to you. Take these next couple weeks and enjoy your family and the holidays. Take the time to get physically stronger and if you need more treatment, so be it. Remember we are all rooting for you! emoticon emoticon

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AVALONAPPLE 12/17/2009 8:23PM

    Unexpected gifts are the best! I think about you and a good friend who has a similar situation and am awed by your strength and humility. You are always in my prayers!

Jennifer

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ISLANDRITER 12/17/2009 8:03PM

    I am with you! Standing strong and so are you! Blessings, Mary

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RASCALOO 12/17/2009 7:16PM

    What a wonderful surprise from your cousin on the day you needed it most. I'm sorry you are still going through more testing. You keep up that positive outlook and it will carry you through.

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Here's to a treatment free holiday !

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VALI_T 12/17/2009 6:31PM

    There are angels at work in this world, and at the moment I would have to say that your cousin appears to be one of them. I'm sorry that not all of the news about your MRI was good, but I'm happy to see that you still have a pretty decent attitude about it. I think I'm gonna be keeping you in my prayers for a long time.

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Got the MRI results in the mail today

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! emoticon ) 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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RASCALSMOMMA 12/17/2009 11:59AM

    Might I recommend "CA" (Catnip Annonymous) for Kallie! And you, be sure to take the MRI report with you and ask as many questions as you need! hugs to you Laurie

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DEUCE119 12/17/2009 9:21AM

    Good luck at the doctors apt. Hope he will explain the report to you so that it makes sense. Love the kitie story.

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RASCALOO 12/16/2009 8:39PM

    Oddly my kitty is not the least bit interested in catnip. I guess it's an acquired taste. Our last kitty went crazy over the stuff. The ravioli is a cute and easy idea!

I hope the doctor's interpretation of the MRI results are good for you. Keeping fingers crossed for you.



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VALI_T 12/16/2009 8:33PM

    I'm afraid to introduce our 2 kitties to the joys of catnip. Cali Kitten (Little Very Bad Girl to those who know of her many antics) is crazy enough as it is, so I'm a little bit afraid to let her get high on 'nip. I'm afraid that she'd do to the entire apartment what she so frequently does to our rolls of toilet paper, which is to say that I think that she would totally destroy it. emoticon Maybe when she's about 10 years old and starting to slow down I'll give it a try, but not today.

So anyway, I hope that things go well with your visit to the doctor. It's about time for you to get some good news so that's what I'm going to pray for. emoticon

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/16/2009 8:18PM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better and making toys for the kitties Good luck at the doc tomorrow ... I'll be rooting for you! emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 12/16/2009 7:03PM

  I will be praying for you to get good results tomorrow. I love the catnip ravioli. What a smart idea! Love the photo of Kallie! I just love, love, love cats! The are so precious!
Well, again, I have been praying for you but certainly will be praying for your appointment tomorrow.
GOD BLESS!
Louise

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BMRBUDDY 12/16/2009 3:25PM

    I certainly enjoy your blogs! I made those for my kitties too. They loved them but didn't party as hard as Kallie! LOL
Good luck tomorrow. I will be thinking of you.

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COOKIE502 12/16/2009 2:08PM

    Good luck with your Dr.'s appointment tomorrow. Keep up the positive attitude! The "catnip ravioli" is very clever. Great photo of Kallie! emoticon

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