Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Last night was kind of a hellish night. Had a migraine for the second night in a row; took my Imitrex at 8pm and again at 2am. First time since I've have started using it that I've had to take two. So, obviously I didn't get a lot of sleep last night. Feel pretty worn out from it yet today. I've had kind of a mild headache all day, but I think it's from lack of sleep, and it feels like kind of a "ghost" of last night's migraine; if you've ever had migraines, you probably know what I mean. I've been able to keep it under control today with Excedrin.
I can accept the limitations I have on my physical activity now, until my hip gets better, but it gets really frustrating on the days I don't even feel good enough to enjoy my "sitting down" activities, such as working on crafts or reading. It's very easy to feel depressed and discouraged when I can't do things to keep my mind busy. Not quite tired enough to sleep, but awake enough to just sit and think. I haven't done much today except sit and watch tv and rest; haven't even been on the computer much today.
Today should be a workout day for me, but I didn't have the energy to do more than a couple of sets of bicep curls. But I'm not going let that feel like a setback. I haven't been able to eat enough the last few days to give my body the fuel it needs to do more. Right now, I need rest more than anything. If I push myself too hard now, it's just going to drain my energy even more.
I had my appointment with the internist today. I'm still on the Kapidex and the bland diet, but he is also going to have me try Carofate, a drug that is used to heal ulcers. I'll be taking it 4 times per day, so I'm hoping that will really help me to feel better while my stomach heals, and I'm hoping that a bedtime dose will also prevent me from waking with heartburn and gnawing stomach pain so early in the morning, so I can get better sleep. If after two weeks, that isn't helping, then he said he will consult with a gastro doctor and see if he has any ideas of what to try next.
My mom and I made plans about two weeks ago to attend a free lecture tonight at the local cancer resource center, the topic tonight is Understanding Medical Imaging. I'm very interested in that topic with all the different types of scans and tests I've had over the past 7 years. The way I felt the first part of the day today, I was really afraid I wouldn't be able to go, but even though I am still tired, I feel like I can do it, it's only an hour, and I think the information will be very valuable. There is a different topic and a different speaker the third Tuesday of each month. Next month's topic is Insurance and Cancer Challenges, and I want to go to that one, since I've had problems with insurance in the past. And April's topic is on managing stress, and I definitely want to go to that one too.
When I come home, I plan to get into my pajamas, cuddle up with the kitties, and watch the Olympics til I can fall asleep. And I'll start taking the Carofate tonight, so I'm hoping my tummy will let me sleep in a bit in the morning and not wake me up so early.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Yesterday was definitely not a Valentine's Day I want to remember. It started out with waking up early because of pain from heartburn, and a change in weather which made my sinuses hurt. I actually had a "sinus toothache" all day on the left side of my face, the same side I've been having the ear pain off and on.
Before I got to feeling too rotten yesterday, I actually did a get a short workout in with my stability ball and weights. But the rest of day, I pretty much camped out in the recliner and watched the Olympics. Did a little crocheting, (and actually finished one chemo cap and started another one), but I dozed a lot too. Ended up the evening with a migraine, for which I took an Imitrex for and thankfully, the Imitrex did its job. It also took away the pain in my teeth, so I was pretty sure then it wasn't true toothache, but from my sinuses.
After dinner, the heartburn pain came back, could even feel it in my back. So by that time, I was feeling pretty miserable and sorry for myself. I was able to stay awake and watch the Olympics; I really wanted to see the pairs figure skating, but was too sleepy from the Imitrex to work on my crocheting any more during the night. My only saving grace yesterday was that the sciatica pain was on the mild side.
I took an Ambien last night to make sure I would sleep, and I did sleep, but not a full 7-8 hours like I was hoping too. No sinus pain this morning, but it took me awhile to feel awake once I got up, and that "gnawy" feeling in my stomach lasted long after breakfast.
I made my trip to the grocery store, though I really didn't feel like it, I wanted to get it over with in case I started feeling worse later in the week. Just a quick trip today, as I just had a short list. I only shopped for what was on my list and didn't wander in any other areas of the store.
Still, I was glad to be back home. I was tired out from that trip. I know I'm still fatigued from the radiation, and even though I didn't track my food yesterday, I know I probably went under what I should have for calories; I was a pound under my goal weight this morning. I know I need to eat a little more to keep up my energy also. My hip was starting to hurt, so I took a pain pill which made me even more sleepy.
I really had good intentions to try my chair yoga DVD again today, but I don't even have the energy for that. Not going to push it today.
My internist's office now has a website set up, where you can email to ask questions and to set up appointments. I like that much better than trying to explain a problem in 2 minutes to the receptionist on the phone. I emailed him this morning about the stomach issues and my ear pain. The office called me this afternoon and I have an appointment with him tomorrow afternoon.
I did take almost an hour nap this afternoon. Just got up from that about half an hour ago, so I'm not quite awake from that yet.
I plan to continue to take it easy with what's left of the day, and watch the Olympics again tonight. Hopefully I'll feel like doing a little crochet today.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I made these for my mom and dad for Valentine's Day. I found the recipe in Prevention magazine. If you don't have a food processor for the oatmeal, a blender works just fine.
BLONDIES WITH ALMONDS
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 2 TBSP butter
3/4 cup + 2 TBSP dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup slivered almonds, divided
Heat oven to 350°F. Coat 8 x 8 inch baking pan with cooking spray and line bottom with foil, leaving a 2" overhang on 2 opposite sides. Spray again on foil.
Put oats in food processor and pulse until finely ground (1/3 cup). Whisk together oats, flours, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Stir in sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring, until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into large bowl. Add egg, vanilla extract, and reserved dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in 1/4 cup of the almonds.
Pour batter into prepared pan, spread evenly with spatula, and top with remaining 1/4 cup almonds. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, 18-20 minutes.
Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes. Lift out foil and cool completely on rack. Remove foil and cut into 16 bars. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Makes 16 servings.
Per serving: 137 calories, 2g protein, 18g carbs, 1g fiber, 6.5g fat,88mg sodium
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics last night, pretty awesome show! Getting ready to sit down with my crocheting and watch the Games this afternoon.
Sciatica is still flaring up today, so I had to start the day with a pain pill again. I also have a bit of an earache; I'll see how it is on Monday and call the doctor if I need to, but in the meantime I am using my Similisan drops.
I made a batch of blondies from a recipe I found in Prevention magazine for my mom and dad for Valentines Day. I just ate a very small piece and they turned out good; I'll try to get the recipe posted in my blog tomorrow.
I also tried out a chair yoga DVD I just got. I am hoping it will help improve my stress, and flexibility too. I can't do the sitting on the floor kind of yoga because of my hip. It's about a 50 minute workout, but I only started with 20 minutes today. It's going to take some practice for me to coordinate the breathing and the movements. For now, I'm just going to concentrate on doing the movements right and getting comfortable with them, then I will work on the breathing technique. But I think the gentle stretching will be good for my back which will in turn hopefully help my hip.
Positives for the week:
*Got workouts in 4 days this week, and 2 of those were 30 minutes each
*Had a nice lunch out with friends, and stuck to my bland diet foods even though I was tempted not to
*Donated the 5 chemo caps I finished, and have made 2 more since then
*Finished my radiation on Tuesday
*Used the food tracker for 2 days
*Winter Olympics; 'nuff said!
Friday, February 12, 2010
After I blogged yesterday afternoon, the rest of the day kind of went downhill. It was a bad day for my hip pain, and my pain pill didn't really help, all it did was make me tired, and being tired made me feel cranky, irritable, and a little depressed. I ended up taking another pain pill around 7:30pm, and if finally took the edge off the pain enough so that I could sleep.
It was better when I woke up this morning, but around 8am I had to take a pain pill when it started to come back. Even though the pills make me sleepy, I wanted to keep the pain from getting as bad as it did yesterday. The problem yesterday was even though the pain started in the morning, I had to drive to the restaurant to meet my friends for lunch, so that meant I couldn't take a pain pill til I was back home for the day, and they aren't as effective if I wait til the pain gets really bad. I don't think sitting on the hard, wooden chair for an hour at the restaurant helped either. I was tempted to fold up my jacket and sit on it, and now I wish I had.
I really wish I cold take ibuprofen or naproxyn, they are both good pain relievers, but because of my stomach problems, I can't take those. I wish they could put them in the form of a patch like they do other kinds of drugs. But for now, I have to keep making a choice between relieving my pain or feeling awake.
On a more positive note, my stomach is slowly getting better. Since yesterday, I've had that "gnawy" feeling at times, but the chest pains have lessened considerably. The Kapidex and the bland diet seem to be working.
I did a workout this morning, before the pain pill started making me feel too tired. I used my stability ball, 1 pound weights, my exercise band, and did some wall push ups. It's been awhile since I used the band, and I could really feel it in my arms, but I am going to try to use it at least once a week from now on.
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