Friday, May 27, 2011
It got cold again last night, into the 40's, but today it was much nicer and warmed up quickly, into the 60's.
My dad came over this morning (he is feeling much better!) and did some trimming for me with his weed trimmer. I have friends coming tomorrow to mow the lawn.
I did some weeding in the flower beds; only for about 10-15 minutes though, that's all I could do before I started to get tired and a little sore. After sitting and resting a bit, I cleaned the floors in the house and vacuumed. I was pooped after that! But glad I got it all done. I did not do too bad with the pain today; I didn't even take a pain pill until 3pm. That is good for me, since usually I have to take one within an hour or two of getting up.
I have still not had a chance to sit outside and read yet and enjoy my porch. Still waiting for a day with low enough pollen, and dry and warm enough. It felt nice to work outside today, but with the breeze it's just a little too chilly to sit outdoors. But maybe later in the weekend.
Depending on how I feel tomorrow, Saturday's project will be to clean the inside of the bird bath and put clean water in it. I also need to fill the bird feeders again.
I hope that you all have a great holiday weekend, with nice weather!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Chilly again today; it was only 46°F when I got up, and only got up into the mid 50's today. Furnace is on, but I have still felt cold most of the day; I think part of that is the lowered blood counts from the chemo. I can't turn up the heat much higher, because then I will be too warm with hot flashes, so I am sitting here in front of the computer wrapped in a blanket. No rain today, but it's been mostly cloudy and kind of gloomy.
I had to take a pain pill as soon as I got up today because of the hip pain. Feeling my fatigue more than usual today; it's not just being tired, I'm feeling kind of light headed too. That might be from the chemo also. The pain pills make me tired too, but I think maybe it affected me more today because I took it on an empty stomach. Usually I don't take one until I've been up an hour or two. If I'm not hurting that bad when I first get up, I usually wait to take a pill, because I don't like to take them if I don't need too. The one I took this morning has worn off, but as light headed as I am feeling, I decided to wait until after dinner to take another one. Hip is still hurting, but I'm not ready to call it a day yet. For now, I'm using the store brand of Ben Gay rub to take the edge off the pain.
Before the fatigue got too bad and the light headedness started, I did get in a short stability ball workout late this morning. It was after that I started not feeling so good. Had plans to clean my floors today too, but that will have to wait another day. It's only been 2 days since I've had my chemo, so I can't be expecting to have that kind of energy so soon. Going to just relax for what's left of this day. It's supposed to sunny and warmer tomorrow; hoping to get out and pull a few weeds. Even though I'm not planting anything new this year, the flower beds still have to be cleaned up a bit. But I will only do what I can; if I start hurting too much I will stop for the day.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Had a bad tummy night last night with the chemo side effects. Took me a long time to get to sleep too, ended up having to take one of my sleeping pills around 12:30am.
Feeling a little better today; still having some cramps and stomach pain, and chest pain from the GERD, but it comes and goes in waves.
I still managed to get the laundry done and I did the standing portion of my Tai Chi dvd. Couldn't do the whole thing because I started getting the stomach pain again. I've been using the heating pad on my stomach when I'm sitting and that has been helping.
It's rainy and kind of cold today. Had to turn the heat on for a short time to take the chill out of the air while I took a shower and got dressed. But I'm not complaining; I feel blessed that I don't have to worry about severe weather right now. There is a flood watch out for my county, but I don't live in an area that gets flooded. It may be too wet and cold to enjoy the outdoors, I have a house that is safe, warm and dry, and if I still get cold, I can turn on the heat or put on a sweater.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Before my chemo today, I had to stop at the billing office at the hospital. I recently received a bill for lab work that the insurance didn't, but should have covered. The hospital is right next door to the clinic where I get my chemo, and I decided to get that taken care of first so I wouldn't worry and stew about it while I was getting my chemo. I just started Medicare in April, and it turned out the hospital billed my old insurance instead of Medicare and my supplement. The lady that helped me was very nice, she said it was "easy to fix". (Wish all the problems in life were that easy to fix!) She also checked back through April to make sure everything else I had done at the hospital was billed correctly; she found one other thing that wasn't and she fixed that too.
I was glad to have that problem taken care of, that meant when it came time for my chemo I could relax and do my reading instead of feeling antsy to get out of there. I was there a little less than 2 hours today; everything ran pretty much on time today at the clinic. Good news is that my white blood count went up. It was 3.9 today; which is still below normal, but most of the time mine has been in the 2's.
Had to pick up a couple of prescriptions at Rite Aid, then came home and got into my pajamas. Feeling a little sleepy as usual from the nausea meds. Stomach feels a little bloated and crampy, which is normal for me right after a chemo.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Had a little trouble falling asleep last night, then when I finally did, a thunderstorm woke me up at 1am. It didn't keep me awake long though, I turned on the tv and checked the Weather Channel and felt better when I learned there wasn't anything severe in my area, so I relaxed again and fell back asleep.
I woke up earlier than I wanted too and could not get back to sleep, so I just got up. I got to the store for my groceries about an hour earlier than I usually do. Turned out to be a good thing, because about half an hour after I got home, it started to rain. We had a good steady rain for about an hour, then the sun came out. It got windy in the afternoon.
A moment that made me smile today: Watching a robin play in a water puddle while it was still raining.
My hip pain wasn't too bad today while shopping, and I was ok until about an hour after I got home. Then I had to take my pain pill.
Felt a little "headachey" all day because of the weather. So far I've been able to stave off a bad headache without having to take any of my headache meds. I have Headache Relief lotion made by Village Naturals; it has peppermint, chamomile, and lavender in it. Often it will take care of a mild headache if I rub on my forward, on my cheekbones, and the back of my neck. I have been using it today and so far it's working. If you try it, just don't put it on right after you've washed your face or showered, it stings then!
I didn't do any kind of workout today, felt a little nauseous at times during the afternoon, a symptom I sometimes get if I get a weather related headache. It made me more tired than usual too. I just took it easy the rest of the day, figured it would be a good idea with chemo tomorrow.
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