Sunday, November 21, 2010
I had a hard time sleeping last night; I was sleepy enough, just one of those night I could not "turn off my brain" and keep from thinking about things. When I did sleep, I had some very strange dreams.
I didn't get up as early as I had planned, but still early for a Sunday, a little before 8am. I didn't really feel like shopping, but I had to get my groceries today; it was the only day of the week that would work out for that. I did have my dad drive me though, since I was afraid of getting light headed again.
He picked up around 8:30am. I went to Menard's first. I finally got the styrofoam I needed to finish the shelter for Neighbor Cat. I also bought a couple of Christmas gifts while I was there. I went to Meijer for my groceries and also picked up a few more little gifts in there. It was still fairly quiet in the store then, and even though there were not many checkouts open, I only had to wait behind one person in line, and they were almost done when I got there. I was glad when I came home to have my dad's help carrying everything inside.
I thought I was going to finish the cat shelter today, but I found I had to use clamps and weights on the styrofoam to get the glue to stick to the plastic tote, so I can only do one side at a time, and wait til the glue is dry before I can put the next piece in. It's not hard to do, just time consuming. I am using my dumb bells for weight to hold the styrofoam down; since I can't work out with them because of the shoulder pain right now, it's good to know they are useful for something, lol! I have been taking pictures of my project as I go along, and when I get it done, I will share them in a blog.
Not feeling the greatest today; I'm sure mostly due to not enough sleep. My neck and shoulder are achy today, and the weather is making me feel headachy. My stomach feels "acidy" too, even though I am taking my meds for it. I also got a little nauseous so I took my Compezine. It's making me feel sleepy, but it's working on the nausea.
It will be an early bedtime for me tonight; I have to be up at 6am tomorrow to get ready to go out of town to the hospital where I am getting my gastric emptying study done. It's not going to be fun trip; at least an hour riding in the car, and I can't eat or drink 8 hours before the test. I am also prone to car sickness so I am praying I won't feel ill on the way down.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I was so tired last night; I was watching the Fashion Police on E and turned the tv off around 10:55pm; I could not even stay awake to watch the last few minutes of the program, so I did not get too see who was the best dressed and who was the worst this week, lol!
Of course, after I turned off the light and tried to relax, the hot flashes started, but eventually I did fall asleep, and got up at 8:30am this morning.
Feeling some pain in my hip, knee, arm and shoulder today, but so far have not taken a pain pill. Needed to get a few things done today and wanted to do them while I was fully awake.
I ordered some prints of some photos from Kodak.com, pictures I want to include in some of my Christmas cards.
Also added a few new songs to my MP3 player from my CDs. Updated my Caring Bridge page.
I got started on my Christmas cards also; I usually send out around 50 cards, so I start them early so I don't have to spend hours trying to get them all done in one day. I am just addressing the envelopes right now, I won't be mailing them out for at least a couple more weeks. Got 15 done so far. They aren't so bad just doing a few a day.
I also decided that because of my appointments on Monday and Tuesday, and Thanksgiving on Thursday, to get my groceries early tomorrow morning, before the stores get crowded with people shopping for their holiday dinners. I got that list ready earlier today.
This has been the most productive Saturday I have had in a few weeks. Aside from the pain issues, feeling a little bit better today than I have for awhile.
I'm not sure if the steroid injection I had for my shoulder is going to work or not; it's too early to tell right now, but I am disappointed that it is not feeling better.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I got a call this morning from the gastro doctor's office; my follow up appointment was changed from November 23rd, to December 2nd. So I will have to wait a little bit before I find out about what my tests mean, but I won't have to go out of town for the office visit now, it's one of the days when he will be here in town. I am glad of that. I don't like being in traffic in large cities, even if I'm not the one that is driving, it still makes me nervous. Now my only out of town appointment is for the gastric emptying study that will be on Monday.
I am glad to have a couple of days to just stay home and not have to go anywhere. It's been a busy week with all the appointments and tests.
I tried one of the Flector patches that my pain specialist gave me a sample of; it does seem to help a little with the hip pain, but I still am feeling some weakness in that leg. I still have to be careful with the patches though, even if they are not an oral medication they can still cause stomach irritation; they are not something I would use every day because of that. I will only use them on the worst days. And they don't make me sleepy like the oral pain pills, so if I need to drive somewhere and I am having pain, at least I can use a patch.
Right now I am trying to get rid of a sinus headache; having some cold and windy weather today which aggravates that.
I colored my hair this morning, using my usual stuff, the Clairol Natural Instincts. Because of my hair thinning from the chemo, I have been wearing hats, scarves, and sometimes a wig. Before today, the last time I colored my hair was in June. But the color looked so "blah", that I had to do something with it; even if 90% of it is covered up when I am wearing a scarf. I have a lot of short hairs blended in with the longer hair; I can't tell if some of it is hair I lost that is growing back, or if what is growing out now is just more fragile and is breaking off, but maybe one of these days when I am not feeling so tired, I'll try styling it again and see what it looks like. I know it is still thinning though, because I see the evidence when I wash my hair. But having the color freshened up again makes me feel a little better, even if I'm the only one who will know it.
I need to get my shelter for Neighbor Cat finished soon too; she was over visiting me again today. I had not seen her for a few weeks, but she surprised me and showed up as I was stepping outside to get the mail today.
My best friend's husband and her daughter came over today and picked up my leaves; my yard got all full again after that 3 day windstorm we had a few weeks ago. The city I live in picks up yard waste on Tuesdays, from April to November, and there are only 2 more pick up days left for the season, so I was glad to have it done today. We also have the possibility of snow this weekend. I have them in those tall paper yard waste bags, and they are on my porch now to protect them from the rain, so all I have to do on Monday is haul them out the edge of the yard so they can be picked up next Tuesday morning. They brought over their mulching mower that has a bag on it, so with my small yard, it only took 3 of the paper bags to hold them. I am so lucky to have good friends to help with the things I am not able to do for myself at this time.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I actually slept pretty good last night, and did not have any trouble getting up this morning, except for not wanting to get out of my bed because it was so nice and warm, and the morning was cold.
I was so hungry, but could not eat before the endoscopy; I had been told not to eat or drink after midnight last night. This morning, all I could think about was that I couldn't wait to get back home so that I could eat. And I turned the tv on to the local morning news show, and they were doing a feature on cheesecake, lol! After I had switched the channel to The Today Show, they were soon showing how to make cookies; I had to turn the tv off then.
Once I got to the surgical center, I did not have long to wait. I had a nice heated blanket waiting for me, and they even warm up the gowns!
I don't remember anything of the procedure itself; they put that plastic mouth guard in and told me to bite down on it, and then they gave me the sedatives. The next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery area.
I was still out of it when the doctor spoke to my mom. He said there are no signs of an ulcer, but I have inflammation in the small intestine caused by acid, and possibly an infection. I have to take my Protonix twice per day instead of once per day like I have been, and stick to my bland diet for now. I still don't know what is causing the pain, but I'm sure more will be found out when I have my gastric emptying study done on Monday.
They gave me a glass of apple juice to drink when I woke up, then I got dressed and my mom drove me home. I was not even hungry, I was still so groggy from the sedatives, that I went right to bed and slept until 4:30pm. I ate a little bit when I got up, but still feel tired, and have a little bit of a headache. The headache is probably from not eating for so long; the last time I ate before the endoscopy was around 8:30pm last night when I had some yogurt.
Just had to edit, I realized I wrote that I woke up in the "utility area" when I meant the "recovery area" LOL! I guess the sedatives are still in my system.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
An update on my friend before I start: She saw the surgeon Monday, and the surgeon is pretty sure she can do a sterotactic (not sure if I am spelling it right) biopsy; if that doesn't work, she will have to another kind of biopsy. She said 80% of the time the kind of lump my friend has is benign, but they still have to worry about the other 20%, because my friend's mother had breast cancer also, and died from it.
(She was like a second mom to me too). Even if the biopsy is ok, she will need to get a mammogram every 6 months. The biopsy isn't until December 9th, so she has awhile to wait yet. I feel so bad for her having to wait; I know for me, that was the hardest part when my whole ordeal with breast cancer started. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for her.
I had my chemo yesterday morning; right on time too; I guess they had 3 patients not show up for their appointments so they had rooms open. I checked in as usual and they told to me to come on in, didn't even have to sit in the waiting room.
In the afternoon, I had an appointment with my pain specialist. He thinks the pain in my shoulder is coming from my neck, and he wants to check and make sure there are no bone mets in that part of my spine; (when I had my radiation on the spine in January and February, that part of my spine was not radiated on.) So I need to get an x-ray and an MRI done of the cervical spine.
He also gave me a steroid injection in my back near my shoulder. It really numbed my arm, including my hand, so I could not type with that hand, so that is why I did not write my blog yesterday; I had been planning to do it after I got home from that appointment.
I had to have my mom help me feed Timmy and Kallie, I couldn't open up the can of cat food with one hand, and I also had to have her put my blinds down for me; it was 5pm by then and getting dark.
He also gave me samples of Flector patches to try; they contain NSAIDS, which I can't take orally because of my stomach, but he said these are not as likely to cause stomach irritation, and I can still use my other pain pills with the patches.
I had my x-rays done today. Taking it easy the rest of the day; my left arm still feels a bit weak from the injection, and is quite painful today. But with those injections, it's normal for the pain to get worse before it gets better. It will probably be a week before it actually starts to feel better.
Having hard time taking my sweater and jacket off and on today; I never realized before that I always stick my right arm in first; then when I try to put my left arm in, it really hurts, so I need to try to remember to stick that arm in first instead. (I have hot flashes so I am always taking a sweater or jacket off and on all day). It didn't help either having to undressed to put a gown on my for my x-rays, and dressed again after. It's funny how we don't notice how often we use certain body parts until it hurts to move them or we can't move them.
Tomorrow is my endoscopy; I can't eat or drink anything after midnight tonight; that is going to be hard, as my procedure isn't until 11am. I am hoping I can at least sleep til 9am, less time that way to feel hungry or thirsty.
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