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Chillin' (literally!) today

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chilly again today; it was only 46F 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.

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ELLFIN3 5/26/2011 10:02PM

    You are a busy little bee! Just do not over do!!! Have a good nights rest. And A great Friday! Love you Dear Friend!!! emoticon

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CMRAND54 5/26/2011 8:34PM

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A rainy Wednesday

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.

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ELLFIN3 5/25/2011 10:02PM

    You manage to get so much done even when you are not feling well!!! emoticon for you! Stay warm and safe!! Love you!!! emoticon Hugs Dear Friend!!!!!

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NURSNANA 5/25/2011 8:36PM

    Hey Shari, I would be glad to exchange our hot & humid weather lately for a cold rainy day! :) It got up to the upper 80's today, and right now at sundown it is still 80 degrees!

We all need to pray for the people affected by the tornadoes or in an area where they could have severe storms and tornadoes, also flooding. My best friend out in Missouri had 2 tornadoes touch down near her home today! She was ready to go down to the basement with her dog, but the storm & tornadoes passed and the sun came out. Very scary day for her.

Hope you have a better night.


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CMRAND54 5/25/2011 7:42PM

    It got warm here today. It's almost summer. I hope your tummy is better tomorrow.


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GOANNA2 5/25/2011 6:45PM

    I hope it warms up for you Shari. It is good to
know that if it does keep getting cold again, you
have your heater to keep warm. Sorry to hear you
couldn't get to sleep. Hope tomorrow is better
for you.
You are so good to still be able to do your Tai Chi.
Puts me to shame as I have had no motivation to do
but you are giving me encouragement to keep trying.
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The "Easy Button" worked for me today

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.

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KAT7457 5/25/2011 2:29PM

    Happy for you that the insurance waa straighten out for you.i hate that when they get those things wrong.I am like you love to be in my jammies more confy than clothes. hope you are enjoying your outdoor furniture when the sun is out. :) xx

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HOPE2BE 5/25/2011 10:56AM

    So glad they fixed your billing for you. Glad your white cell count was up. Hope

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CHARMIAN2 5/25/2011 4:32AM

  what a great lady to be so gracious helping you!! Enjoy your snuggle time tonight

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CMRAND54 5/24/2011 8:47PM

    Don't you love helpful people? They can really make a day go better. I'm glad things went well for you.

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NURSNANA 5/24/2011 5:54PM

    Hey Shari, I feel the same way when there is something like the mix up with your billing, it makes me nervous and I just want to get it done! I am so glad it was an easy fix and you could put it out of your mind before your chemo. Good news on your white blood count! Have a relaxing evening my friend.

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GOANNA2 5/24/2011 5:23PM

    So happy that the billing problem was resolved with
a smile for you. It sounds like your chemo went well
and being relaxed certainly heelped. Great news about
your white blood count going up. A good outcome and
I'm wishing you a good night's sleep.

Hope your week goes well for you. emoticon

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Monday; a little rain and some sunshine

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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LADYDARYA 5/24/2011 6:27AM

    I love watching the birds play in water. When I did wildlife rehab I worked only with birds and I would put down a pie pan of water and I and my family would just laugh as they would hop in the water and fling it everywhere as they played in it. I so wish I had my bird feeders up this year.

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CMRAND54 5/23/2011 9:29PM

    I love your description of the robin in the puddle!

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NURSNANA 5/23/2011 8:30PM

    Awww, sounds like fun to watch a Robin play in a rain puddle! :) Good thing you got your shopping done early today!! It is not fun to be loading or unloading groceries in the rain! I will be trying the Headache Relief, thanks for sharing this information. Hope your chemo goes well tomorrow.


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CJD2000 5/23/2011 7:57PM

    Enjoyed your blog.

We had storms today. I don't mind them if I can stay home, but today I had to drive. All was well. Arrived safely.

It was good to touch base with you. emoticon


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ELLFIN3 5/23/2011 7:43PM

    Nothing says Spring like a Robin in a water puddle. We have a sign in our front flower bed at work and today on top of the sign we have had a Tree Frog I named Terry if he is still there tomorrow I will get a picture. I hope your headache gets better and is gone by morning!!! Enjoy your evening!!!!!

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PUDLECRAZY 5/23/2011 6:40PM

    I agree. The more rested you are before your chemo round, the better. How many do you have left to go?

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Sunday, the weekend is winding down

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I went to Walmart this morning to shop for a couple of birthday gifts and to stock up on a few things I always buy there because of the prices. Even though I didn't have to buy a lot, I still had to walk around a lot of the store to get it, so I was very tired by the time I got done. But it was a quiet, peaceful time to shop, not many other shoppers in the store. I was also able to talk to a couple of my former coworkers who were working today, that was really nice; they were good friends to me when I worked there, and I had not seen them for a very long time. And it was a good reminder to me that even people I don't see a lot of any more still care about me, and that I am still in their thoughts.

I took my pain pill as soon as I got home, and then sat down for awhile while I waited for it to work. Was on my feet just a little too long while I was in there. But I'm glad I was able to get out today.

I did a very short workout this afternoon with the stability ball.

Had to deal with my GP symptoms flaring up this afternoon too, mostly bloating and pain. I've been sitting here with the heating pad on my stomach and it's getting a little better now. But at least it didn't make me feel sick the whole day.

After dinner, I have to finish working on my shopping list for tomorrow. Probably won't get any towels done tonight, just too tired.
Tuesday is chemo again so after that I probably won't be getting out of the house the rest of the week again.

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CAROLYN0107 5/23/2011 8:36AM

    Shari....oh for a WALMART close to me here in Africa!! I'm glad you were able to get out and about yesterday.

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GOANNA2 5/23/2011 7:22AM

    It sounds like you had a nice day and it was good
that you saw some friends. I hope you have a good
night's sleep and get rested up for Tuesday.

Take care Shari.
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LADYDARYA 5/23/2011 5:31AM

    I love to go to Wal-Mart as early as possible. It is so nice to not have to deal with all the crowds.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 5/22/2011 9:00PM


My prayers are there for you. Just do what you can. Take it easy.


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ELLFIN3 5/22/2011 7:49PM

    Sounds like a very productive day! Rest and have a Great Monday!!!!! emoticon Dear Friend!!!

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CMRAND54 5/22/2011 6:47PM

    I'm glad you got you trip out before you needed to take your pain pill. I hope tomorrow goes well for you.

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NURSNANA 5/22/2011 6:39PM

    Hey Shari, It is so nice you got to see your friends again. Walmart is one of my favorite stores! If you go early, it is easier to get your shopping done before the crowds show up. I know you will take it easy this evening, get some rest.

Have a good week my friend!


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PUDLECRAZY 5/22/2011 5:07PM

    Don't overdo. You need time for your body to recuperate.

I hope you get some rest and feel better this evening.

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