Sunday, June 20, 2010
Another Hungry Girl recipe to share! It's from the new 123 Cook Book, but it was also featured in an online newsletter; here is the link with the complete recipe: www.hungry-girl.com/chew/chewdetails
I made it a couple of nights ago; it was very good! It's made with whole wheat blend rotini pasta, frozen cauliflower with cheese sauce, and 3 wedges of The Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese spread.
I cut the recipe in half to make two servings, and since I do not like cauliflower, I used a broccoli and cheese sauce mix instead. Very easy too make, and not any harder than mixing up mac and cheese from a box, and it's much healthier too.
Each serving is 202 calories.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Good news is that we didn't get the severe weather as predicted last night, but we didn't get a drop of rain either. Could have used a little rain. It's been windy today and it really dried some of my plants out, had to do a little watering tonight.
This morning, I was awoken out of a sound sleep at 6am with a bad cramp in left leg, the "bad" side that I also have the sciatica on. It really hurt! I got up at 7am to use the bathroom, and it was hard to walk on it. I got up at 9am, still limping for about a half hour more. I didn't want to have to take a pain pill again for the 3rd morning in a row, but it was still hurting so much, I realized I would not get anything done today if I didn't get the pain under control. I didn't have to go anywhere today, so I at least I didn't have to worry about driving today. It still hurt quite a bit most of the day, my leg was tender in that spot, and I could really feel it in my knee too. I had to take a second pain pill with dinner tonight.
I don't get those leg cramps often, but when I have had them before, sometimes my leg hurts the whole day. I'm not sure what brought it on this morning; anemia can do it, and I am a little anemic because of the chemo. Dehydration can cause them too; at least that I can do something about; I made an effort to drink some extra fluids today.
I got caught up on my cleaning, but thankfully, it wasn't anything as hard as what I did last weekend, and it didn't take me as long. I made sure I sat down and got off my feet for a break a few times too. I'm so glad now that I mowed my lawn yesterday; with the leg pain today, I wouldn't have wanted to try it today.
I did a workout today with my stability ball and weights. That didn't bother my leg so much since I do the weights while sitting on the ball. When I set my fitness minutes goal back in January, I decided on 5000 minutes; I did that based on what I was able to do in 2009, taking my hip problem into consideration. I thought maybe I was setting my goal too low, but I figured that I could always change it and increase it, if things went better than expected; that was before I knew I'd be getting chemo again. But still, the year is half over now (hard to believe!) and I'm at least on track to meet my current goal, a little over halfway there, with 2562 minutes. I'll wait another 3 months, and see where I am and re-evaluate that goal, and see if I should leave it where it is, or increase it a bit more.
I am ending this week with 130 minutes; not bad considering all the problems I've had this week.
Had a beautiful sunset last night, had to go out and snap a couple of pics of it.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Woke up with the sciatica pain again this morning, this time feeling it more in my back instead of my hip. Once again, I missed the Friday farmer's market because I had to take a pain pill; and I will miss the one on Tuesday afternoon because of chemo, so my next chance won't be til next Friday. I was hoping to get some Michigan strawberries today, and also, the sellers there are starting to mark down their plants. I was hoping to find some good deals on perennials.
The big yard sale in the neighborhood was supposed to start at 9am, but we had some rain this morning. It had stopped by the time I walked over there at 9:30am, but only there were only 3 neighbors there and they were just setting up there stuff, (normally there are about a dozen families at this one); no one had any books so I went back home. I was going to go back later in the day to see if anyone else had set up, but it got too hot out for me. It's not like I don't already have a pile of unread books here at home already anyway.
When I got back home, I sat with some ice on my back for awhile. Finally, the pain started to get better. I went out and mowed my lawn then; it wasn't too bad out then; the sun hadn't been out long and it was only 70°F. I decided to do it today even though I wasn't feeling 100%, because there is a chance of rain every day through Monday, and I have chemo Tuesday, so I thought I'd better get out there and do while the weather conditions were in my favor.
I had to take a 2nd pain pill late this afternoon when the pain started to worsen again. I'm sleepy from that one too, but glad it's working. We are supposed to get some strong storms tonight, and possibly some severe weather; that kind of weather makes me nervous, especially at night. Probably won't get much sleep tonight. But hopefully, after the cold front is gone and out of here, my aches and pains will get better.
When I went to do my exercises with the weights and the stability ball the other day, I put my pen and paper on the footstool near me so I could write down what I did in order to enter into Spark later. Had to grab my camera when Timmy started playing with my pen, it looks like he is getting ready to write, lol!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I had plans today to check out a sale at Fashion Bug, and to pick a few things up at Walmart.
But my sciatica flared up pretty bad today; left hip and knee, and my back, were hurting. I had to take a pain pill, which meant I couldn't drive (they make me too sleepy), so I stayed home today.
I think the weather has a lot to do with my pain this week; changing a lot this week. One day it rains and it's chilly, the next day it's sunny and 80°F. And we have a pretty strong front coming in tomorrow; there's a chance of severe weather tomorrow afternoon.
I took a pain pill this morning, which didn't help much. Took a second one in the afternoon, that's taken the edge off a little bit. I'll probably have to take another one close to bedtime; normally, I only take one in an entire day, and I don't take them everyday. So 3 in one day means I'm having a bad day!
I did some laundry today, but other than that, trying to stay off my feet when I can.
I'm hoping tomorrow morning I will feel a lot better; there's big yard sale in my neighborhood that I want to check out; mainly I'll be looking for books. It's supposed to get up into the 90's tomorrow, so I want to go early before it gets hot. Hopefully, the rain will stay away too; we have a small chance of showers in the morning.
I'm glad I received my good news about the insurance yesterday, it's because of that I am not feeling completely depressed today with this pain. And I have been through painful episodes with this before, then I'll have a week or two with just mild pain. So, I am trying to keep my mind busy and off the pain and just wait it out. I know the better days are coming again.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I have good news to share; I got a letter today from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan today; they approved my application and are waving the pre-existing waiting period for me! I am still not happy with the fact that it took a month, and a follow up letter, to get it done, but it's a big relief now to know that my chemo and everything related to my cancer treatment will be covered. That will help reduce both my stress level and my anxiety. I have my next chemo on Tuesday; now instead of sitting there worrying about how I am going to pay for it, I can just focus on what I need to do to get through the worst days of the side effects.
I had lunch out today with a few of the ladies I use to work with at Walmart, since I had to quit working 1 1/2 years ago, we try to get together once per month. Sometimes, not everyone can make it, but there's usually at least 4 of us. Today we went to a local Italian place. We were planning on eating in their outdoor area, but the weather didn't cooperate today, it was chilly and a little drizzly. But that didn't dampen our conversation, or our appetites! I know I ate too much; I had a small garlic bread, a bowl of bow tie pasta with chicken and pesto sauce, and a small tossed salad; that wasn't too bad. I overdid it with the bread, warm from the oven, was brought to the table with the olive oil dipping sauce. I got up too late for a full breakfast this morning, so all I had was a banana, so I am hoping calorie-wise at least it all balanced out, even if it was a carb-heavy meal.
It's going to be a light dinner for me tonight, and if I want a snack later, I have plenty of berries and other fresh fruit.
I wanted to get out for a walk today, or at least do a Leslie Sansone workout DVD, but I was really feeling the sciatica pain. Still, I wanted to do at least something, felt a little guilt about overindulging with lunch. I did a workout with my 1 and 2 pound dumb bells; I can do that sitting on my stability ball. That way, even if my hip and knee are hurting, I can still get a workout of my upper body.
I have a couple of new kitty pics to share; had my camera nearby while I was watching tv last night and they were keeping me company.
Timmy likes to sit on the back of my recliner; in this picture, he is was looking in the mirror in the corner behind the chair.
Kallie is usually in my lap, but sometimes she likes to stretch out on the floor; this pic really shows the different colors in her fur.
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