Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Today feels like one of those days that I am just plodding through. After a couple of days of my stomach feeling a little better, today has felt like a set back. Really feeling the pain from the acid reflux today. I could feel the pain in my upper back again too today. I took a pain pill, which helped with the back pain, but I am feeling very tired this afternoon. I am so tired of having these issues with my stomach. My other pain issues, especially with the hip, would be so much easier to deal with if my digestive system were back to normal.
I tried my chair yoga DVD again this morning, thinking that the stretching would help with the back pain; haven't notice any difference yet, but it's only about the 3rd time I've done it. I'm sure it's something I have to do regularly awhile longer to really notice any results.
I can do the whole DVD now, except the part where the hips are worked; that is because I can bend the left hip outward without pain, but the parts I can do add up to a 20 minute workout, which isn't bad. And someday, maybe I will be able to add the hip part back in.
I washed a couple of loads of laundry. (That's one chore that never seems to be caught up on for long, and I'm just one person. My kudos to all the moms out there that have to keep up with it for a family.) Also changed the sheets and the blanket on the bed, and now I feel done for for the day, and it's not even 3pm yet. Glad that dinner tonight is leftovers that I can just heat up in the microwave.
I taped "Lost" last night so I could watch the Olympics. The skating was great last night! I am so glad that Joannie Rochette did so well, my heart went out to her with her losing her mother this week. I started crying after she finished skating. I really hope she ends up with a medal. It's amazing to me how she found the inner strength to do that.
After I get done with my Spark stuff here, I think I am going to kick back and relax for awhile and watch that episode of Lost.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Had a sinus headache when I went to bed last night; pretty sure it was triggered by the weather, which they usually are for me.
Took me a long time to get to sleep last night. The headache was gone in the morning, but both legs were feeling achy; it made it a little hard to sleep in, but I tried anyway.
Another weather system is moving through today. For quite a long time now, I have been checking AccuWeather.com for the "arthritis index". I actually started keeping track of it in my food diary, just to see if my aches and pains correlated with it. They don't 100% of the time, but usually if it's in the high to extreme range, I will experience more arthritis and sciatica pain, and more headaches. It's not something I really plan my activities around, but in a way, knowing that it's a "high" day on the index when I am not having a good day with my pain helps me cope with it a little better when I can blame it on the weather. I guess it helps me to think of the pain as more temporary that way.
Having an ok day with the stomach so far. Not minding the bland diet as much; instead of wishing for all the foods I love and eat right now, I am focused on eating what my stomach can tolerate so that I can heal. And bland isn't necessarily flavorless. I can eat eggs, so lately my favorite breakfast has been a poached egg and toast, with a small banana. Bananas are the only raw fruits I can have right now. And last week, I found I can tolerate a burger if I use lean ground beef or lean ground turkey. Of course, I have to leave off my usual ketchup, mustard, and relish, but a slice of mild cheese melted on the burger adds just enough flavor.
Because of sleeping in this morning, I got a late start on my trip to the store for groceries. I prefer to leave the house by 9am on those days, before the stores start getting busy. But I decided this morning that trying to get a little more sleep was more important. I had to stop at Sally Beauty first, I had a $5 off purchase of at least $5 coupon that was due to expire the end of this month. I bought myself some exfoliating hand scrub I've been wanting, but didn't want to pay full price for. Normally, I go in there for one or two things and end up spending at least $20 on stuff I don't really need, but I got out of there with a total of a little over $5 today using my coupon; the only other item I bought was a hand lotion. Looking forward to trying out the hand scrub tonight and new hand lotion, it will be a treat.
Went to Miejer, my usual store for groceries. The leg with my bad hip was starting to feel a little sore and a bit weak by then, but I just stuck to buying only the things on my list and didn't wander the other areas of the store if I didn't need anything from those departments. I had my list organized well this time too, so I didn't have to backtrack because of skipping an aisle I should have gone down. There were somewhat long lines when I got to the checkouts, and I was dreading a long wait, but luck was on my side and one of the cashiers opened up another checkout and I was the first in her line. Made it home a little before noon anyway, not too bad for the late start I had today.
I took a pain pill for my hip; it's taken the edge of the pain, but as usual, has left me feeling sleepy. Not up to much of a workout today, so I didn't use the stability ball today, but I used my weights for some bicep curls and triceps extensions.
Nothing on my schedule again until my lab work next Tuesday. I'm glad to not have anywhere I have to go for a few days. I'm not saying I won't go out, but it will be because I want too, not because I have too. Looking forward to taking some of that time to get some more rest.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I stuck to my plan to go to bed early last night, but it still took me longer to get to sleep than I would have liked. It wasn't easy getting up so early this morning, but not as bad as I thought it would be either.
I didn't get up early enough to eat any breakfast at home though, I have to wait til an hour after I take my Carafate before I can have a meal, and I had just enough time to get ready for my mom and dad to pick me on the way to the hospital. My mom had a bone spur removed from her little toe this morning; she had the same surgery on the big toe of the other foot back in November. Once my mom had her gown on and was settled in her bed, I made a trip to the cafeteria to find something to eat. Not a lot to pick from since I am still on the bland food diet, but I got a plain omelet.
The surgery was right on time, and went great. My mom did great too. Since she has already had the same type of surgery on the other foot, we know what to expect, and because this one was a little smaller, it should be an easier recovery. As with the other foot, she will have to walk on just the heal of that foot for a few weeks, but she has both a walker and a cane to use for that time. We left the hospital around 12:30pm.
I was glad to be home and be able to have some lunch. A little bit before we left the hospital, they were serving lunch to the patients. It smelled pretty good actually; I guess if hospital food smells good, it means you're really hungry, lol!
I am doing ok with the stomach today, despite missing my 2nd dose of the Carafate. (I am on 4 doses per day.) After 7 days of being on it, this was the only dose I've missed so far so that isn't bad. The pain seems to be localized to one small area now, instead of all over like it was before, which makes it a little more tolerable. I've had a fairly good day with it today, but it's too soon to say yet that it is actually getting better.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Not a good night for sleeping last night; I was tired, but just couldn't get relaxed. I ended up having to use the Ambien.
So this afternoon, I am feeling sleepy. But while I still had a little bit of energy this morning, I got a short workout with the stability ball and weights in, and did a load of laundry. I also put some chicken which I am cooking with a little broth in the crock pot for my dinner tonight and the next few days.
I wouldn't say I was feeling good today, but it's not the worst day I've had either. I know it's going to take time for my stomach to heal, and it hasn't been a week yet that I have been on the Carafate.
Really fighting to urge to take a nap this afternoon; if I didn't have to up early tomorrow morning, I would, but I need to be able to get to sleep early tonight. My mom is having outpatient surgery in the morning to remove a bone spur in her foot. I know it's not going to be easy for me to get up early, but I'm preparing for my day ahead of time as much as I can. The less I have to think about in the morning, the better. I have my clothes ready, and my tote bag packed with a book, water, and snacks for the few hours I'll be spending at the hospital tomorrow. My mom's surgery is her surgeon's first case of the day, so hopefully, we will be out of there by noon.
I'm going to watch the Olympics again tonight, but only til 9pm; I'll tape the rest and hoping to be asleep by 10pm.
Here is photo I took of Timmy the other day, my sister gave me that throw for Valentines Day. As you can see, he "hearts" my heart blanket!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Had a bad day yesterday with the stomach pain. Mostly my own fault. I didn't get up and take my Kapidex and my first dose of Carafate as early as I should have. I was so tired and wanted to sleep in, and I didn't want to crawl out of bed and go into the kitchen and get my pills. I have to take my Carafate an hour before a meal. Since I didn't get up til 9am, I didn't take my Carafate til 9:10am, and had to wait an hour too eat despite having some intense hunger pangs. Shortly after I finally had a small breakfast, the stomach and chest pain got pretty bad again. I think the problems were aggravated by going for too many hours on an empty stomach before eating breakfast.
It put me into a very irritable and foul mood yesterday, I didn't even feel like doing my blogging, hence the short one yesterday. And I spent most of the day I admit just feeling sorry for myself. I was having one of those "it sucks to me" days.
Fortunately, I did get to feeling a little better in the evening, even finished another chemo cap and started another one. And before I went to bed, I made sure my Kapidex and morning dose of Carafate were on my bedside table, so I was able to sleep in again this morning, but took my meds when I was supposed too, so I was able to eat my breakfast as soon as I got up today.
Still dealing with some of the same stomach pain today; not sure it's that much better, but I am coping with it better today.
I didn't meet my goal of tracking my food twice per week this week, but I'm going to let myself slide on that one til I am feeling a little better and not quite so tired.
Just barely met my goal of working out every other day. Just doing the gentle stuff, easy stuff on my stability ball, using my 1 pound weights, and I used my chair yoga DVD a couple of times this week. I just have to avoid anything that involves bending my stomach much til it heals up.
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