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Sunday, December 19

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.

  
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ANDREWS_MOM 12/20/2010 9:49AM

    Know exactly how you feel my friend!
Are you on any meds for the gastroparesis?
I was just put back on Reglan (i know about the possible side eefects, but have been on before & haven't had any problems)- it's been a huge help! only prob is i have global motilitity disorder too, so if it's not one it's the other.
I hope you start feeling better soon!
Know that you are not alone & are thought of often!
Hugs
Amy

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OPALMOON 12/20/2010 7:12AM

    Take care of yourself Shari, and please don't do more than feel comfortable for you. I hope you get a more restful night's sleep!

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ELLFIN3 12/19/2010 7:46PM

    I am still doing laundry! I think the clothes are breeding and there are more and more of them!!! Sorry you had a bad night! I hope you sleep better tonight! Enjoy your evening and have a Marvelous Monday!!!!! emoticon
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BKWHITE3 12/19/2010 7:10PM

    Hope you felt better.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 12/19/2010 6:41PM

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SPIRITSEEKER2 12/19/2010 5:36PM

    I hope you feel better. Sorry you hurt.. Hugs

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DCOREY33 12/19/2010 5:11PM

    ***HUGS*** I know we all have bad days, but hugs always help.

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CARRAND 12/19/2010 2:56PM

    I hope you're able to get a walk in if the weather cooperates. My laundry is done, and my house is (reasonably) clean, so I'm in good shape.

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PLAYBLUES22 12/19/2010 12:16PM

    sweetie hope you get to feel better

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Saturday, December 18

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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CIVIAV 12/19/2010 11:11AM

    Glad you are feeling much better, the house is clean and Sunday can be enjoyed!

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DCOREY33 12/19/2010 1:13AM

    I'm impressed :o) Good to hear your feeling better...

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BUTEAFULL 12/19/2010 1:08AM

    I didn't do a thing today but play on the computer so you get my kudos

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OPALMOON 12/19/2010 12:18AM

    Wow! you are doing so well to get everything done Shari, good for you!!

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BKWHITE3 12/18/2010 10:18PM

    emoticon that you were able to get your to-do-list all done.

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ELLFIN3 12/18/2010 8:06PM

    WooHoo for you! I am so glad you are feeling this good!!!!!
I have one more load of glass wear to put up! I have laundry tomorrow also!! Have fabulous evening and a great Sunday!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 12/18/2010 7:14PM

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I got a lot done these past two days, too. My daughter is arriving from California tomorrow, so I had to get her room cleaned, the bed made, etc. Her old room is where my cats like to hang out, so it needed some clean up.

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OUTDOORGIRL70 12/18/2010 6:59PM

    I am really glad that you were able to get everything done. Doesn't it give you a good feeling.

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JANEDOE12345 12/18/2010 4:56PM

    Good for you! Now come clean my house next!


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LOVES_ANIMALS 12/18/2010 4:33PM

    Wonderful!

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JAMBABY0 12/18/2010 4:25PM

    Good job, keep up the good work!

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One week til Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Some of you may remember me posting about one of my best friends last month, who had an abnormal mammogram, and had a biopsy done last week. Well, I found out yesterday from her some good news; the lump turned out to be benign! I am so relieved for her; it's been about a month of waiting for her to find this out from start to finish. I'm so glad she won't have that worry to think about over Christmas also. She will need to get a mammogram every 6 months now, but she said she is ok with that.

I can't believe that next Friday it will be Christmas Eve! I am starting to feel excited about Christmas now, despite the work I have left to do. I am right on schedule though; going to do some major cleaning this weekend and during the week prep the food. My mom is doing most of the food there isn't a lot for me to have to do for that. I have chemo on Tuesday, but I have planned around that too, so I can still take my time to rest up from that and still get my stuff done.

Today I did a short workout with the stability ball and weights. It was just a little too cold for me for walk outside today, and my stomach is hurting a little; still getting use to taking my gastroparesis meds 4 times per day instead of 2. This weekend, my housecleaning will be my exercise.

  
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LOVES_ANIMALS 12/18/2010 2:47PM

    Such good news!!

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OPALMOON 12/18/2010 7:47AM

    Shari, I am very relieved for you and your friend that she received some welcome good news - great that there is nothing like that to be worrying about over Christmas. You seem to be so wonderfully organised - good for you! Housework is definitely a form of exercise - it has been my main source for a little while lately...
Take care and keep warm

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BKWHITE3 12/17/2010 10:50PM

    Great news about your friend.

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CARRAND 12/17/2010 8:15PM

    That is good news for your friend! I think housework is definitely exercise. Have fun.

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OUTDOORGIRL70 12/17/2010 7:57PM

    Praise God for your friend.
I also can't believe that Christmas is next Sat.

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ELLFIN3 12/17/2010 7:35PM

    I am glad your friend got good news! I am also glad you are
feeling better and are doing some fitness! Try not to over do this weekend! Enjoy! I am getting excited to for Christmas!!! emoticon emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 12/17/2010 6:31PM

    Have a great weekend. I will be cleaning here right along with you! My family is coming for a visit on the 27th so I have a few extra days to get ready.

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TUFFYBIRD 12/17/2010 6:22PM

    You're sounding so much better these days Shari. That's good to hear. And I'm relieved for your friend as well.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 12/17/2010 4:38PM

    emoticonWhew,something you and your friend can take off her worry list.Oh that is so sweet that you get excited about Christmas coming,I do too! I feel like a kid again,me and my dh don't normally exchange to much for gifts to save on expenses,but I still look forward to Christmas anyway,it's the meaning that I look forward to! I admire you Shari for keeping up with your fitness and being to devoted to your program and your housecleaning and your new eating plan.You are the emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAT7457 12/17/2010 4:01PM

    glad your got good news.have a great weekend Shari :)

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ANOTHERTAG 12/17/2010 3:51PM

    Good news for your friend.....

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Another gastro doctor appointment today

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I had another follow up appointment this afternoon with the gastroenterologist. He feels I am doing well with the ethromycin for gastroparesis, so he wants me take it 4 times per day instead of the 2 times I am doing now; so now I have to take it before breakfast, lunch, dinner and at bedtime. I have to see him again next month to see how that new dosage works, and if all is ok, then I won't have to see him again until the summer.

I got out for a short 10 minute walk after I got home. I would have tried for 15 minutes, but I was getting too cold, and there's just enough ice that I don't dare walk any faster than I did, even though I did have the Yak Traxxs on my boots for stability. Feet were getting numb too.

  
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OPALMOON 12/17/2010 9:12AM

    Hi Shari, it is so good to hear that the meds have been helping you. I hope the new dose gives you more relief and works well for you too. You did well to get out for your walk - take care out there if it is icy, and keep warm!

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TERI99 12/17/2010 8:31AM

    He probably didn't even consider how hard you've worked to adjust your diet, which I'd guess is as much a part of the improvement as the meds! Hope the new dosage gives you great relief.
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SPIRITSEEKER2 12/16/2010 9:19PM

    emoticon good you can be safe on the ice

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OUTDOORGIRL70 12/16/2010 9:08PM

    Shari....
Glad that things are looking up for you in one area. Prayers are still there for you.

God Bless

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DCOREY33 12/16/2010 8:22PM

    Happy to hear things are going better :o)

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CARRAND 12/16/2010 7:53PM

    I'm glad you got your walk in. It sure has been cold here, and I suspect it's even colder there. Take care!

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LOVES_ANIMALS 12/16/2010 7:39PM

    Hope this works really well for you!

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BKWHITE3 12/16/2010 5:08PM

    Glad you are doing better. Take care with the ice.

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GRANNYS5 12/16/2010 4:42PM

    emoticon emoticongood luck

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ELLFIN3 12/16/2010 4:42PM

    Glad you are doing better! Glad you able to get outside and walk for awhile! Stay safe and warm! I hope you feet are warm now!!!! emoticon emoticon

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HOPE2BE 12/16/2010 4:33PM

    You're making progress Shari that's good. I'm glad to hear you're moving ahead with your physical problems.

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Wednesday, December 15

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Feeling kind of "blah" today; I don't want to make a long list of complaints though so I will just say it's how I typically feel the day after chemo. Also had trouble sleeping last night; despite taking a sleeping pill, it still took me until 4am to get to sleep. I slept in, but that's not good either. With only being able to eat or drink 6 oz. per hour with the GP, having to start eating so late in the day makes it hard to be able to eat enough.

I saw Neighbor Cat this morning when I opened the front door to get my paper off the porch. I got the cat treats out and tried to coax her into the cat shelter. She poked her head in but wouldn't go in. I would have stayed out longer but it was only 20F and I had on my pjs and robe and I was cold. Next time I will put the treats farther back in the shelter, at least getting her to poke her head in is farther than I got the last time she was hear. I also noticed she is quite fatter; I hope it's from maybe eating more because her owner is keeping her inside more and not because she is pregnant.

I finished wrapping my gifts today. I'm right on schedule so far as to what I need to do to be ready for Christmas. Next week I will be starting on the food prep and finishing up the housecleaning.

I haven't exercised since doing a little bit of shoveling on Monday, so I think I will get out my stability ball and do a short gentle workout on that.

  
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OPALMOON 12/16/2010 8:29AM

    Hope you are feeling much better soon Shari, and can get some decent sleep. Keep warm, and good luck with managing the food situation. You are doing so well to keep on schedule with your Christmas preparations, despite feeling 'blah' - you are remarkable for all the things you manage to achieve! It will be interesting to see if NC ever gets inside the shelter...

Blessings and

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LOVES_ANIMALS 12/15/2010 10:40PM

    Oh, I hope that she isn't going to have kittens in the cold!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 12/15/2010 8:27PM

    Hope you feel better tomorrow and you get some sleep tonight.

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CARRAND 12/15/2010 7:43PM

    I love your cat stories. You are such a caring person.

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PMCFARM 12/15/2010 6:31PM

  Could she maybe be afraid of the door drape? My cat is really crazy about enclosed areas!

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CIVIAV 12/15/2010 4:57PM

    Sending feel better hugs!

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ELLFIN3 12/15/2010 4:48PM

    I am glad you saw NC, at least she knows the cat house is there if she needs it! She is messing with you!!! I hope you rest better tonight! Have a wonderful Thursday!!!!! emoticon
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