Tuesday, July 20, 2010
We had a nice, gentle rain for a few hours last night, so I get another break from having to water the plants. Noticed today I have a couple of tomatoes on my patio tomato plant turning red! Should be able to pick them soon!
I had to go to my oncologist's office to get blood drawn for labs; with the chemo, it's checked every week now. Most weeks, it's just a CBC, but every 4 weeks, I get "the works", my liver is checked, and also my tumor marker. Today was just a CBC, but when I mentioned to the nurse I am still getting the leg cramps, she took extra blood to check my magnesium level too.
Had to take a pain pill when I got home, sciatica flaring up with the crazy weather this week. Feel better now, but the pain pills make so tired, even if I take just half of one.
I got out my pedal exerciser which I haven't used in a long time; did just 5 minutes with the legs; that's all I can do without my hip hurting. It can also be put on a table and you can work your arms; I hadn't tried that before, I was thinking the arms would be easy, but I was wrong! I only lasted 2 minutes with the arms. I'd love to get a short walk in tonight, but I don't think it's going to cool down enough outside for that.
I have some plain chicken roasting in the oven right now. I am going to try a new Hungry Girl recipe for some Thai style chicken wrapped in lettuce. And I am cooking enough chicken to have to use in meals for the rest of the week too.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Once again, I had a hard time dragging myself out of bed, but I got up a little bit after 8am. I had breakfast and got ready to run my errands for the day. By the time I left my house around 9:15am, I was feeling better.
Got things done pretty quickly even though I wasn't trying to hurry. Went to Rite Aid, Meijers for grocery, and the gas station and was back home before 10:30am. Left leg with the sciatica was feeling a little weak when I got home. I have 4 steps on my porch to get to the front door, and today, it took me a little longer to get everything inside; I had to use one hand so that I had the other hand free to hold on to the railing as I was going up the steps. The weakness in that leg bothers me more than the pain sometimes; I worry that some day it will get worse and really affect my ability to walk. But I don't feel the weakness all the time; and sometimes I will have pain without the weakness, and vice-versa.
I did a short workout this afternoon using my light weights and stability ball. Had to push myself to get started, but I really want to improve my number of fitness minutes this week, since I only had 40 minutes last week.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Today I was lazy and stayed in my pajamas all day, but I'm ok with that; I haven't done that in awhile, and I think with having just had chemo on Tuesday, I earned it.
It was a good day to stay inside; it's been hot, humid, and rainy at times outside. A thunderstorm woke up me up around 6:30am, but I was so tired I slept through most of it. Heard some more thunder in the afternoon, but no severe weather here, but there was a tornado warning about 2 counties north of here around 6pm.
It seems with each chemo, that the fatigue hits me a little harder, and I have at least through September before I am finished.
Tomorrow, it's "back to life" again; I have my shopping list all ready for the drug store and grocery store tomorrow, and I'll need to fill up the car with gas again too. I even have my clothes laid out for the morning, so I can save time and get going as early in the morning as possible, before it gets too hot out.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I was really tired last night; went to sleep a little after 11pm, and when I woke up next, I felt like I had been sleeping for hours, but it was only a little after midnight. I woke up a few more times during the night, but overall I think I got better sleep than I have in over a week. I didn't set the alarm today, just decided I was going to sleep as long as I wanted too, and got up around 9am.
No leg cramps today, but that leg still feels a little tender. I did some stretches before I went to bed last night, and had a heating pad wrapped around my leg while I was doing my reading. Also made sure I got plenty of fluids today, including some no calorie Power Ade. Felt good enough to do some light cleaning and 2 loads of laundry today.
Had to water the plants tonight, with having the heavy rain a couple of times this week, I got a little lax with the watering; my poor tomato and cucumber plants were so wilted! I gave them lots of water, and hope by tomorrow they are looking a lot better. I have one of each of them, both in large containers. I have a lot of green tomatoes, and today, I noticed the beginnings of a couple of cucumbers. I really should have watered last night too.
I did some leg stretches on my steps before I came in, and I'll do my "laying down" stretches when I go to bed tonight.
I would have loved to have tried a short walk tonight, but I thought it was just a little too warm out, and figured it would be a good idea to give my sore calf muscle at least another day to heal. I did a short workout with my stability ball and light weights. So, that gives me 40 fitness minutes for the week, not bad for my "chemo" week, but I would have liked to fit another 20 minutes in there somewhere. I think dragging the heavy garden hoses around the yard burned a few calories tonight too; I was so tired when I was done, (I have 3 hoses connected together, 2 regular and a coiled one), that I didn't even finish winding all of the hose onto the holder on the shed when I was done. I know I'd never get a job with the fire department if I can't even wind up a garden hose, lol.
At least one thing going right for me is that I am still staying within my goal weight range. I've been doing a lot better lately with getting more fruit and vegetable servings in. But that's always easier to do this time of year, with all the fresh produce in season now.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Woke up with a painful leg cramp again; this time in my right calf instead of the left. I am going to mention it to the oncology nurse when I get my lab work done on Tuesday; I'm having this more often since I've been on the chemo. I'm thinking it could be related to that, or a side effect of the Neulasta injections. It's 5pm, and that leg still hurts. When I had that bad cramp in my other leg over the 4th of July weekend, that hurt for almost a week.
I slept last night, but still, it was hard to get up out of bed and get going this morning. I still have most my chemo to go. I found myself thinking, "How can keep on doing this?" I get so tired of being tired all the time! But my best friend's son was coming over to mow the lawn for me, so I had to get up.
Once I had some breakfast and was dressed, I did feel a little better. My best friend's husband dropped off their son, and he got started on my lawn, and his dad gave me a ride to the body shop where I picked up my car; so glad to have to have my car back! And so thankful for Thomas mowing my lawn; I'm grateful that I don't have that chore to do this weekend. Usually I don't mind it too much, I have a very small yard, but it's hard to do the same week I have chemo. And he refused to let me pay him. He and his sister are very special to me; I use to babysit them when they were small, now they are in their 20's. They have always called me Aunt Shari.
Not feeling as light headed today, but still tired. All I did today was one load of laundry, some bedsheets; and I've also been scanning some of my old photos, those I took prior to getting my digital camera into my computer and uploaded into my albums on Facebook. Still have a lot of photos to scan, but it will take awhile. Trying to get some old family photos from my mom to scan too, as well as my old school pictures.
I don't think dehydration is causing my leg cramps, but I am making sure I drink plenty of water anyway, even if it means extra trips to the bathroom. (I guess that's a way of getting in some exercise anyway, lol). I am also going to try doing some stretches before I go to bed. And I am going to have to make the commitment and actually do them every night, no excuses! I need to be proactive and try to prevent the leg cramps before they happen.
I am hoping to feel better to get caught up on my housework. I know I could ask for help with that, but it's important to me to do as much for myself as possible. I can't just use cancer as an excuse to sit all day. And since I am no longer working, it helps to add some structure to my week so that I still feel useful, even if it is only to myself. But I do not miss working at all; I loved the people I worked with, but hated the company I worked for.
There is also something satisfying about getting the simple, mundane chores done, and seeing the results of my work; I took for granted being able to get all those things and often complained about them before I had all my health problems. Now when I am able to do those things, I feel contentment in a job well done. As long as I can still sweep the floor, vacuum the carpet, do the laundry, I am not doing too bad at all!
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