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Still not feeling well

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.

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SKYEFYR 2/16/2010 11:36AM

  Feel better honey. Migraines stink. I know it'll sometimes take me 2-3 days to fully recover from one. I hope you heal faster. Take care of you, get rest, and feel better.

*gentle hugs*

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COOKIE502 2/15/2010 8:38PM

    Hope you feel better tomorrow. emoticon

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PATRICIA441 2/15/2010 6:53PM

  Sending you loving, healing very tender hugs. !!

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3BEACHLOVERS 2/15/2010 6:31PM

    Shari....Sending you lots of hugs...Just know that this too shall pass...Listen to your body and do will it is telling you to do....Now is the time to take care of yourself...the rest can wait...


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ISLANDRITER 2/15/2010 5:25PM

    Hoping you have nice, sound sleep tonight of 8 hours or more. Mary

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TUFFYBIRD 2/15/2010 4:44PM

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RAMALEX 2/15/2010 4:33PM

  Sorry to hear your not feeling well. Hopefully your doctor will be able to help you. emoticon emoticon

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BKWHITE3 2/15/2010 3:45PM

    Shari- Sorry that you had such a rough day yesterday. You have done so well with all of the radiation that you had to take. You will be tired,I know my Mom and hubby were after radiation, just take it easy and listen to your body. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Bonnie emoticon

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BMRBUDDY 2/15/2010 3:39PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you are feeling so terrible. I wish I could take it away from you!

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Recipe: Madeover Blondies with Almonds

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.

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 350F. 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

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COOKIE502 2/14/2010 9:22PM

    These sound tasty! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 2/14/2010 4:07PM

    Sounds wonderful Shari!

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BCGIRL74 2/14/2010 2:31PM

    Mmmm....yummy. Thanks for posting!

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    The only think I can say is yummy!!!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/14/2010 12:39PM

    This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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TRISHAANN56 2/14/2010 11:03AM

    Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to try it.

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Saturday, enjoying being at home and the Olympic Games

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!

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SUEJENN 2/14/2010 12:38AM


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COOKIE502 2/13/2010 7:41PM

    Lots of positives for the week - good for you! Your upbeat attitude is always inspiring. I love watching the Olympics, too. It's going to be hard to get much of anything done for the next 2 weeks! I also used to love to crochet. My daughter is just learning how to crochet at school (a "hats for the homeless" project), and it's making me want to pick it up again. I've never made hats, though - just afghans. Have a good weekend and a Happy Valentine's Day! emoticon

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DAMISA 2/13/2010 5:36PM

    You've been a busy bee, despite the pain, appointments, and miscellaneous other stuff that has been going on in your life. I am sure that the recipients of the chemo caps will feel the love with which they were made!


I am an Olympics junkie and have been parked in front of the tele since 2:00 PM, driving my family nuts!

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CELLOPLAYER1 2/13/2010 3:12PM

    Enjoy watching the Olympics. I am doing the same thing while I get laundry done this afternoon!

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SKYEFYR 2/13/2010 2:53PM

  Fingers crossed that the yoga dvd you got does all kinds of good things for you to relieve your hip pain.

You've had a fantastic week. Be proud of yourself!

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BKWHITE3 2/13/2010 2:44PM

    Shari, you are so encouraging and inspiring. With all you have going on in your life,you are still thinking and doing for others.

I didn't get to see the start of the opening ceremonies until 1:30 AM. I had gone to an organ concert and didn't get home until 11PM, so I saw the last of the speeches,the oaths, the singer and the lighting of the cauldrons. I was impressed by what I saw.

My grandma used to make blondies. They were good, but not a healthy snack.

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ISLANDRITER 2/13/2010 2:18PM

    You never cease to inspire, encourage and motivate me, Shari!
I always note your ability to get around an the yoga. If you can't do it one way, you will do it another way. I can't wait to try out some new exercise Dvd's when I get home. One is dancing cardio with all types, levels and styles. Dvd's are my favorite way to reward my efforts! emoticon

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Tired, but in control of the pain today

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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CELLOPLAYER1 2/12/2010 7:15PM

    Hope you can keep your pain under control. Take it easy and spend some time relaxing.

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BMRBUDDY 2/12/2010 6:22PM

    Shari, I'm so sorry to hear you are in such pain. I wish they could do more for your hip but you are right. You went out to lunch and waited too long to take the pain killer. I am glad that the reflux is getting better. Have a good nights rest and will look for you tomorrow. I always look forward to it!

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Lunch out today

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Just got back from having lunch out with some friends at Bob Evans. I had the buttermilk hotcakes, with an apple juice. The hotcakes were huge! I ended up taking half of them home. (Breakfast tomorrow!). With me having to be on the bland diet, it was a little hard to see my friends enjoying salads and garlic bread, but I know if I tried those foods now, I'd be sorry. I just have to learn to be patient and wait for my stomach to heal. But the company was good, and it was good to get out.

The weather is quiet today, so no snow to shovel. It's also a "no workout" day for me, so I am taking it easy the rest of the afternoon since it's not such a good day with the hip pain. I'll be taking a pain pill soon; I couldn't take it earlier because I had to be able to drive to the restaurant and back.

I have nowhere I have to go the next few days, so I am going to just stay home and enjoy sleeping in. Maybe even take a nap or two.

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SAPNA. 2/12/2010 7:57AM

    Nice you had a good time with your friend. Sounds like you have the next few days planned out well. I love that cat picture and story. So cute.

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CARTOONB 2/11/2010 9:11PM

    Sleeping in and naps are good! Enjoy your days at home.

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CELLOPLAYER1 2/11/2010 6:29PM

    Enjoy your quiet days. I should be having a few days at home also. Sleeping in sounds good, but for me that will be until about 7:30. I have the day off tomorrow so am planning on taking some time to get my house back in order but alos to relax.

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1GR8FULGAL 2/11/2010 1:51PM

    Hi Shari, Just dropping by to check in on you. I'm so glad you had a nice lunch out with your friends; good for you!! Congrats too on being all done with that last round!! WOO-HOO!! Do take good care of yourself and I will continue to pray for your healing and pain relief. Nancy PS mmmmmmm, pancakes sound so good right now

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BMRBUDDY 2/11/2010 1:15PM

    I'm glad you were able to get out with your friends. Pancakes does sound good!

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    Hope you feel better soon.
Cute picture!
I love pancakes!!!
Enjoy your quiet days off!

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