Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I noticed paw prints in the snow today around my porch, and the cat treats I left for Neighbor Cat were gone from in front of the cat shelter. I peeked inside and the ones I put there, way towards the back were gone too. I'm not 100% sure if it was her, but I have not seen any other cats running loose in the neighborhood for a long time. I hope she was in it at least long enough to figure out that it was safe, warm place to sleep if she needs it. But if another cat has to use it, that's ok too. If it was her, I think she was in there not too long before I was outside this morning, because there was a little bit of snow tracked in on the blanket in there.
We had a little bit of snow overnight, so I had to move my car for the plow and do just a little bit of shoveling.
I made my fudge today; tried a new recipe, an easy one. Just melted some peanut butter chips, stirred in a can of cream cheese frosting and some mini marshmallows. Not exactly health food, but at least ingredients I can handle with the gastroparesis, so I can have a small piece or two for Christmas.
Today I cleaned and vacuumed the bedroom and master bathroom. I am tired from that and not sleeping well last night, but I had to do some of my cleaning today because it's too exhausting for me to do the whole house in one day. I know I could probably get someone to do the cleaning for me, but I'm just not comfortable with that, and it's important to me to do as much as I can for myself. I am having my dad help me a little bit tomorrow though; I want to give the kitchen floor a good cleaning so he is going to help me move my heavy kitchen table and chairs to get underneath them. Usually I just clean around them but with having company for Christmas I I want to be more thorough.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Marta, the dietitian, came over to the clinic to see me today while I was getting my chemo. She was so nice, and easy to talk to. We talked about my diet for the gastroparesis. She asked about the meals and snacks I was eating now, and she thought I was making good choices, but I should add a serving or two of a supplement like Carnation Instant Breakfast once or twice per day. She says I am at a good weight now but that I shouldn't lose any more. She had notes from my gastro doctor, and he didn't say anything in those notes about limiting the food to just 6 ounces at a time, like he told me when I was first diagnosed with the GP, so she felt that I could try increasing that a little bit and see how I feel. I still have to stick to eating 6-8 mini meals per day, but they don't all necessarily have to be the "humming bird size" portions I have been eating. Since I am taking the ethromycin 4 times a day, the medication should keep the food "moving along".
I also asked her about feeling so hungry at night before bedtime, and waking up feeling hungry at 4 or 5am, and that my doctor told me not to eat within 3 hours of bedtime. She suggested asking him at my next appointment, if I could eat a little closer to bedtime, like 2 hours, now that I am on the medication 4 times per day. He did not say I couldn't drink during that time, so she told me to try drinking something like the Carnation Instant Breakfast before going to bed.
I feel like the GP is much more manageable now that I have talked with her. I guess I've been doing most of the things right with my diet, I just needed some reassurance. She also left me with some information to take home and read. While my diet is still limited, I feel now that I have some ideas to vary it just enough so that I do not get bored with it.
I also saw one of my high school teachers in the waiting room before my appointment; she was there with her sister. She was one of my favorite teachers, and she is also a cancer survivor. It was great to see her and talk to her, and she gave me a hug too.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Well, yesterday was somewhat of a "Roseanne Rosannadanna" day for me, remember that Gilda Radner character from Saturday Night Live? I finally got my stomach pain under control when my sciatica pain kicked in. Had to take my pain pills a couple of times yesterday which made me feel kind of sleepy and dopey all the rest of the day. Like Roseanne Roseanna Danna says, "It's always something!" Except for the laundry, didn't really get much done. I did squeeze in a short and gentle workout with the stability ball.
I went to bed before 10pm last night, and still had a hard time getting out of bed at 7:30am. But I had plans to meet a friend for breakfast so I made myself get up. Once I got up and got moving I felt ok. We met at Big Boy; I chose the most GP (gastroparesis) breakfast I could find on the menu; eggs, toast, hash browns, and choice of meat; I chose the ham. I am only supposed to be eating 6 oz. at a time, which is hard when you are eating out and it's all on your plate, but I just ate the eggs, 1 piece of toast, half of the ham, and about 1/3 of the potatoes, and brought the rest home with me. It was hard not to keep eating til my plate was empty, but I felt good about my self control; for me, it's not about the calories anymore, it's if I fill my stomach too full, I have pain.
I went for my groceries after that, the store was busy! I guess everyone is stocking up for their Christmas celebrations this weekend. I'm glad I went today and didn't wait til later in the week. Unless I need to fill a prescription, I won't need to go into a store until after Christmas.
Neighbor Cat was back this morning too; still can't get her to go into the little house, but she poked her head in again today. After I came home from the store I put some cat treats outside of it, and in a little trail going inside of it. Maybe that way she will decide to go in on her own.
It got up to 28°F today, sunny and no wind, so I got out for a 15 minute walk. My hip was hurting by the time I got back home and I had to take a pain pill, but it was good to get out and get some fresh air.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I had some trouble sleeping last night; woke up around 2:45am with some stomach pain from my gastoparesis. It's just part of living with the condition, it's treatable, but that doesn't mean I won't have my bad days with it from time to time. I think a lot of it is not having my diet quite figured out. I know pretty much now what I can and can't eat, it's just putting it all together for a meal plan that is hard, but that is what the dietitian will help me with on Tuesday.
Still having some pain today, so I am having to be extra careful with what I eat.
Today I am catching up on the laundry; it's not a chore I mind doing. My house is all on one floor so it's not like I am running up and down stairs to do it, so it's something I can do even on one of my not so good days.
I am hoping to be feeling better later in the afternoon so I can either get out for a walk or do a gentle workout with the stability ball and weights.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I got everything done today that was one my "to do" list, something that hasn't happened in a while; usually I poop out before I can get it all done. Got most of my cleaning done today, so tomorrow will be laundry day. It feels good to have things caught up. I will just have to do a little touching up now on Friday.
Cold and snowy here today; sure looks like Christmas outside!
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