Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I had my monthly oncologist appointment today; the CT was fine. Meaning, I still have the cancer, but it's stable for now and has not spread. But it did not give any answers as to my problems with the chest pain and the extreme fatigue. It did show I have a small hiatal hernia, but I've had that for years, so that was not news to me, and my oncologists said it's probably too small to be causing my problems I am having now. So, while I am relieved that the cancer has not spread beyond the bones, I am disappointed to still not know the cause of the chest pain. My pulse was high again when the nurse checked it, it was at 100.
He decided to keep on with my current treatment, which is the weekly chemo, and the Zometa once per month, and I had both today. I'm feeling kind of sleepy from the nausea meds, and also from the pain pill I took when I got home because my shoulder is hurting again today. At least today, I wasn't as tired as I was when I was there last week; I was able to read today like I normally do while I was there. In fact, I nearly finished my book, and it was getting so good, I had to finish it after I got home, right after I heated up some of the potato soup my friend had made me over the weekend.
Tomorrow, I am going to try to cook something in the crock pot, and do at least one load of laundry. I may have to push myself, but even as tired as I am, I am tired of just sitting around. I think if I get something done, even a couple of small things, it will add some structure to my day and maybe get my mind off my problems for a little bit.
I hope that with seeing the gastro doctor on Thursday, and then my internist again on Nov. 15 for the stress echo cardiogram, one of those doctors will find out the cause of the chest pain so it can be treated. I'm pretty sure it's going to be stomach related though.
Monday, November 01, 2010
Just a short blog today.
Just the trip to the grocery store tired me out today.
Tomorrow is my oncologist appointment, and I'll get my CT scan results.
Supposed to have Zometa and chemo too, but right now I'm not sure if I'll get that tomorrow, or if my oncologist will wait for another week.
Just going to check in with my teams quickly, eat a little dinner, and get into pjs and watch tv in bed the rest of the night.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I was so tired last night, I went to bed before 11pm, and got up a little before 9am. Still felt very tired all day; I'm sure it's a combination of the chemo and whatever else is going on with me.
At least the "roto rooter" guy came this morning, so my sewer pipe is cleared of the tree roots now, glad to have that done, especially when I was told yesterday he probably wouldn't be coming til Monday.
Just took it easy today. Will have to go get some groceries tomorrow morning, but I am going to have my dad drive me since I am still light headed.
When I get done doing my Spark stuff, I'm going to finish up my shopping list, then go to bed and watch my Sunday night tv shows.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Just when I thought I had enough problems to handle lately, two more came up last night.
Around 4pm, when I was doing some laundry, I noticed that soap and water were coming up through the bathtub drain, and the toilets were both making "chugging" noises; I know what that means, because it's happened a couple of times before since I have lived here; tree roots in the sewer line again! The owners of the mobile home park will get it taken care of, but probably not til Monday. I own my home, but rent the lot that it is on, so I will not have to pay for it. I can still use my water, but not a lot at one time, so until it's fixed, no using the washing machine or the shower. Fortunately when it happened, I was on my last load of laundry anyway.
Then at 6pm, I noticed I had no hot water; the pilot light was out on the water heater, probably a draft from the winds we have been having. My dad tried to light it, but couldn't get it working, but this afternoon, a cousin of mine who use to work for the gas company came and got it working for me. So glad to have the hot water now!
A friend of mine made 2 kinds of home made soup and brought it over for me; I had some of the chicken noodle for lunch, it was so good! So much better than the soup out of a can. I will try the potato soup for my dinner tonight. It still hurts when I eat, but soft or liquid foods hurt a little less than other foods.
My dad also came over and helped me get most of the rest of my outdoor stuff into the shed for the winter. I just have a few pots of flowers to be put away, but the flowers are still blooming; and even though I know they won't live much longer, I just don't have the heart to dump out a plant that is still alive. But it won't take much work to dump the old dirt out when they do, and stick the pots in the shed for next year. I also put away the yard furniture, and covered up the patio table and chairs set with a tarp since they won't fit in the shed. Also got my central air unit covered up. So, even thought I don't want it to snow, I am ready for it if it does.
I don't feel like I did a whole lot of work today, but I sure am tired. I think part of it is also finally being able to relax a little from my stressful evening last night. And I also have to keep my stress level under control so I don't start worrying myself sick over what my CT scan results will be. It may sound strange, but I am hoping for "helpful", rather than "normal"; I need an explanation for the health problems I have been having.
Friday, October 29, 2010
I missed doing my "Spark thing" yesterday, and most of all, I missed all my Spark friends. But I did not feel well at all yesterday. Had a bad day with the chest pain and light headedness again, and also the shoulder pain, it went through my whole arm.
The windstorm tore at some of the edging on my roof, it was loose, but not completely off, so I waited most of the afternoon for a repairman to come and fix it, and waiting around for repairmen isn't something I like to do even on a good day. But he finally made it to my house, and the problem was quickly taken care of.
I was really getting concerned about the chest pain and light headedness, especially with having the arm and shoulder pain on the left side, so I had my mom take me to the ER. They did an EKG and a chest X-ray, both of which they said was normal. The PA who treated me did not feel it was heart related, because when she was poking around that area, it hurt, but it felt like bone pain. They gave an Ativan, a Protonix, and shot of Toridal (not sure of the spelling) for the pain, and a "G.I." cocktail for the acid reflux. Also got sent home with prescriptions for Protonix and another kind of pain pill.
I got home around 7:30pm; my mom dropped me off and picked up my prescriptions for me; I was way too sleepy to do it myself. I ate a small bowl of leftover mac and cheese while waiting for my mom to get my prescriptions. I was too tired and didn't have the energy to get on the computer, so I skipped my blog and shut it down for the night. I went to bed around 8:30pm, after setting the alarm for 6am.
It was probably the deepest sleep I've had in a long time, and I'm sure I really needed it.
At least it was not so hard this morning to get up to drink my first 'barium smoothie" at 6:15am as prep for the CT scan. Not an easy thing to drink first thing in the morning though, it took me awhile to get the whole thing down, and made my chest ache. Had to drink the 2nd one at 7:45am, and I made myself chug that one down faster, since my appointment was at 8am. I only live a 5 minute drive from the hospital, so I am glad I did not have to drink it in the car.
It took about 3 tries to get the catheter into my vein for the dye injection; my veins are not good because of the chemo, and my port is not the kind that can be used for dye. Had a moment where I felt nauseated from the dye but that passed quickly. The scan itself went by pretty fast, though one picture had to be done over. I had to hold my breath for the pictures, and during one, I felt a sneeze coming on; tried to hold the sneeze in but I accidentally moved a little bit while doing so. But at least I didn't sneeze and spray germs inside the scanner for the next patient, lol!
Felt some nausea coming on again after I got home, but I think it was from having an empty stomach for so long, and I could not drink anything 4 hours before the scan, and because I went to bed so early, I hadn't drank any water since around 8pm. I felt a little better after eating a banana and piece of toast, but there is definitely something going on in stomach, because even just eating that little bit of food hurt.
My internist's office also called yesterday morning; I have my appointment set up with the gastro specialist for November 4th. I already got the papers in the mail from them also that I need to fill out before I see him.
Shoulder is still hurting today, but I have my follow up appointment with that at the pain clinic on Nov. 23rd. I could get in sooner if I need too, but for now, I'm going to wait til my scheduled appointment time. I have enough on my plate right now with all the other appointments I have scheduled. I'm still not sure if that shoulder pain is related to my chest pain or a separate issue.
I have my oncologist appointment on Tuesday; I will have the CT results then. In the meantime, going to try hard to keep my mind off of it; I don't want to find that the cancer has spread more, but I am hoping the results will give an answer to explain my pain and light headedness.
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