Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Timmy had his appointment today for his geriatric exam and shots. My vet does those for pets 8 years and older, besides the usual physical exam, he also checks blood and urine. On the day of the exam, you have to drop off your pet by 9:30am, and pick up time is usually in the afternoon; usually the part that takes the longest is getting a urine sample.
Anyway, after struggling to get Timmy into the cat carrier, (it wasn't a good idea to put my sunblock on first, had cat hair stuck all over my arms, lol!) I got him there a little after 9am. I was surprised to get a call a little after 10am that I could pick him up at 11:30am. I was so glad I didn't have to wait as long this time. It just doesn't feel right without both my kitties in the house.
Poor little guy, he was so nervous, after I left, he had diarrhea just before they got him out of the carrier, but they did a great job washing him, and the carrier up. All his test came back normal. He lost a pound since last year, which the vet said was good. He's 12 pounds now, but the vet said 11 pounds will be better. He told me to keep on doing what I am doing, Timmy is in excellent health!
I had a survey company send me a product to test a few days ago; Timmy has been enjoying sleeping in the box.
Before I picked Timmy up, I had time and it was cool enough out for a walk, so I got out for a short 10 minute walk. Was bummed to find that the battery in my Omran pedometer died, (I had won it in a sweepstakes, they are rather expensive). I just changed the battery this spring, so I was surprised it died already; I've had it for at least 3 years and never had it die out that quickly. But I grabbed a "freebie" pedometer I received in the mail, and had to put my watch on to keep track of time. I will need to get a new battery for the Omran, and I also misplaced the instructions for how to reset it. I emailed the Omran company and asked if they could send me instructions.
After I got Timmy home, my hip was hurting again, so I had to take a pain pill. Another good thing with Timmy coming home early; I wouldn't have been able to take the pain pill before I went to pick him up, because they make me too sleepy to drive.
Kallie got into some trouble this afternoon. I don't know how she did it, but I heard some noise coming from the utility room, and went to see what it was. She somehow got herself stuck between the washing machine and the wall. And I had the machine half full of water doing a small load. It was hard to move the washer, but I moved it just enough so she could get out. She didn't seem to be too upset about it though.
Kallie likes the box too!
Looking forward to being able to sleep in tomorrow; it's been hard for me to drag myself out of bed the last 3 mornings.
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.
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