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The humidity is not helping with the pain

Monday, June 06, 2011

It's Monday, so you know what I did today; my grocery shopping! I left around 9:30am; it felt nice and cool out then. I was in the store maybe an hour, in that time the heat and the humidity went up quite a bit. Once I got home, I didn't go out again til late afternoon when it was time to get the mail.

Even though I am inside where it's air conditioned, the increased humidity still makes my pain issues worse, and it doesn't look like I will get much relief for the next couple of days either, it's supposed to get even hotter, into the 90's. I know I'll be needing my pain pills for sure during the day. I just wish they didn't make me so tired, I can deal better with the pain when I can keep my mind occupied, but with the fatigue it makes it hard to enjoy doing things like playing games on the computer (I really like Gardens of Time on Facebook!) or reading; I love to read, but the past few nights I haven't been able to read more than a few pages without getting very sleepy.

One of my friends brought me 2 big bags of yarn that she didn't have a use for. I was so happy to get it! I can use it for those towels I am making and also for the chemo caps I crochet.

I got a short stability ball workout in today. I probably won't get a workout in tomorrow; I see both my PA and my doctor at the pain clinic, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Hoping to feel well enough to go to Walmart for a few things in between appointments. I wanted to go today, but I knew with the way my pain level has been the last few days I could not handle shopping in two large stores in one day. My mom is driving me tomorrow, because if they give me any injections at the pain clinic I need to have a driver, because of the sedatives. So at least I can take a pain pill before shopping tomorrow.

I have this week off from chemo, good timing with those pain clinic appointments!

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HANOVERLADY 6/9/2011 1:43PM

    When I had my knees operated on, my surgeon told me I'd be a better weather forecaster than the folks on TV. Changes in barometric pressure, humidity, we all feel those in our joints. Sure wish we could give up this "gift" and just leave the forecasting to the experts!

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AMYBINTN 6/7/2011 2:16PM

    We've been having record-setting heat here too! I hope your pain improves. I'm thinking about you.
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LUNADRAGON 6/7/2011 10:50AM

    I find that in the summer the air conditioning makes me hurt - I guess it is the humidity. My poor dh has to put up with my complaining, and we have to compromise on the ac setting in the various rooms.
Hope you feel better today.

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SUNSPARKER 6/7/2011 10:18AM

  With temps in the 90's and the accompanying humidity, today may be a bit uncomfortable (is that an understatement, or what!!!!).
And to think you will need to be out and about in it as you travel to your appointments.

Hope you are able to get some relief from the pain. Try and stay cool today.

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CELLOPLAYER1 6/6/2011 9:18PM

    We have had a few days in the 90's. I think we skipped spring!

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ELLFIN3 6/6/2011 7:27PM

    That is great your friend brought you yarn!!!! You mentioned reading, don't you have a kindle or something like that? My DH just ordered me a kindle. I am anxious to see how it does. A neighbor at the lake loves hers! Rest well!!!!! emoticon

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2LABS2LOVE 6/6/2011 6:40PM

    emoticonHats off to those who live with chronic pain....I don't know how you do it. I had a bad backache and was such a baby about it. Reading anything exciting? emoticon

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INITANURSE11 6/6/2011 6:37PM

    I truly understand the humidity increasing the pain I too have issues. Sometimes I have to increase my pain meds or just don't workout at all. emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 6/6/2011 6:21PM

    Oh honey, hang in there. But, please don't feel that resting is a bad thing. If your body is telling you to rest, REST!! I have not ever had to deal with what you are facing, but I can send my prayers, to the ONE who understands.... Sending Prayers up right NOW!! Dear Lord, please help my sweet Friend, who is dealing with so much pain. Jesus, you know what true pain is, so you know what she is dealing with. I ask that you be with her, and comfort her. Send an extra helping of Peace her way, so she can rest, and also be able to do things that she loves to do. In Jesus's Sweet Name, I pray, Amen... Sending you my HUGS!!! Shannon

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JANEDOE12345 6/6/2011 6:08PM

    It is very oppressive here when the humidity comes creeping in for the summer. The a/c helps, but like you, I still feel the clammy air. Give me a crisp fall day anytime!

BTW, thanks again for the Leslie Sansone tip. I was sharing it waith someone just today.

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Dealing with the pain better today

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I was so sleepy last night that I could not keep my eyes open to read for very long, but that is not a bad thing; I'd rather fall asleep sooner than to toss and turn half the night. I was asleep by midnight and up at 7:30am this morning.

Hip pain was only slightly better when I got up, just more of a dull pain rather than the sharper pain I had yesterday. This afternoon, two pain pills later, it is feeling a little better. Really feeling it more in my back today, which is probably where the pain is actually coming from. I put a Tylenol Precise pain patch on my lower back this morning and it's helping a little bit. I just wish the pain pills didn't make me so tired, especially when I'm tired enough without them because of the chemo.

Hot out again today, in the 80's, but when I was outside after breakfast, it felt nice, it was still in the 70's then. I tried to do some more weeding, was shooting for working on it for 10 minutes but could only do 8. I never did get a chance to sit outside and read last night like I wanted too; I stepped outside at 7pm and it was just too hot, even in the shade. I'm so thankful I have central air, I don't do well in heat at all.

After coming in and sitting for awhile to take a break, I cleaned and vacuumed my floors. My back was a little stiff so I did the standing portion of my Tai Chi DVD. It didn't make me feel better right away, but I believe it helped with the pain this afternoon, I don't think it was just the pain pills that made me feel better. Even when my pain is at it's worst, I try to get up and move around throughout the day, too much sitting actually makes the sciatica worse.

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LUNADRAGON 6/7/2011 10:53AM

    I usually have to do my morning stretching before getting up in the morning, unless I get up without doing it (like this morning). It usually stretches out the pain out of my low back and sciatica. I do feel your pain.

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SUNSPARKER 6/6/2011 5:35PM

  It takes a lot of determination and willpower to get up and work through the pain as you do. I hope your day has been more comfortable with less pain.

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JANNERUN 6/6/2011 12:46PM

    I really admire you for how much you are doing to keep working thru the pain. To weed, clean your house and vacuum--way to go! Keep working thru it!

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ELLFIN3 6/5/2011 8:54PM

    I am glad today was a better pain day! Sounds like you were very busy! Rest well and have a great Monday!!!!!

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LADYDARYA 6/5/2011 7:45PM

    Does the Tai Chi make a difference with your pain or does it just help you to stay flexible and/or limber. I have been toying with the idea of doing yoga but that would just be to strengthen and stretch what I can, is it like Tai Chi or is Tai Chi more like pilates? I really need to work on my flexibility and you talk about Tai Chi a lot so I'm wondering about that... Do the videos explain everything or would someone need to maybe take a class first?

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NURSNANA 6/5/2011 7:20PM

    Hey Shari, Sorry you have had pain today. It's been hot here too. I sit out in the mornings, after I water all my flowers & veggies. It is usually pretty nice in the morning. I hope you have a good sleep tonight. Take good care. ~hugs~ Nancy

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Saturday 6/4/11

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Have to take it easy today; not a good day with the hip pain.

Did a couple of loads of laundry, but otherwise mostly staying off my feet. No workout today.

Warm one today, in the 80's. If it cools off after dinner I might go sit outside with a book for a little while. Right now staying inside where it's cool.

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ELLFIN3 6/4/2011 9:59PM

    I hope you rest well tonight and have a better Sunday!!!! emoticon

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CARRAND 6/4/2011 7:17PM

    I hope you have a good night. Sitting outside would be wonderful.

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PUDLECRAZY 6/4/2011 4:20PM

    Hope you get some relief soon. Chiropractic and acupuncture have been the things that have helped my hip pain the most.

Wishing you well,

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NETGNAL 6/4/2011 4:14PM

    Take care of yourself!!

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Finally, some sleep, and ordered some workout DVDs

Friday, June 03, 2011

I was finally able to sleep last night. Feeling a little better today, but still very tired. I did just finish up another 3 week cycle of chemo, so the fatigue is to be expected. For those who have been asking how many more treatments, that is something I don't know. I will be on the Navelbine for life, or until it quits working. I have it once per week for 3 weeks then I get a week off.

I did just the standing portion of my beginner Tai Chi dvd today. I woke up with my lower back really hurting, but it felt much better after doing the Tai Chi. I really enjoy that DVD, but I need a little more variety so that I do not get bored, and right now I can't do any of my in home walking DVDs like the Leslie Sansone because of my hip. I've been researching other workout DVDs online the past few days, and today I finally ordered some from I am getting 2 more Tai Chi workouts, and yoga workout for arthritis. I'm having them shipped to the store and will pick them up there, so I won't have to pay a shipping charge. They should be here the week of the 13th.

Feeling the hip/knee pain today, but we have some unsettled weather coming again so I am not surprised. Nothing severe expected though, just some rain and maybe some thundershowers, and not something that will be all day. I'm expecting that for most of the weekend, the weather will be nice.

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AMYBINTN 6/4/2011 8:18AM

    It sounds like you got some great DVDs! I got the abs diet workout DVD and started using it this week although I have to modify parts of it. I love the icanhascheesburger cats, and so does DD--she bought the LOL Cats Bible, which is really cute. Here's a quote from Genesis: "An Ceiling Cat sez, 'I can has lites in teh skys fer splittin day an nite?' It happun, lites everywhar, liek Crismus, srsly."
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CELLOPLAYER1 6/3/2011 9:01PM

    The pictures are cute!

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CARRAND 6/3/2011 8:56PM

    I love the pictures! I'm happy that your DVD helped you.

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LADYDARYA 6/3/2011 7:05PM

    I love the pictures, I wish that I could be that flexible... I would love to be able to stretch like that.

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GOANNA2 6/3/2011 5:38PM

    I love those cat yoga pictures. Your cat is having
a bit of a twister.
Glad to hear you are doing better and just wanted
to say that your new picture is really lovely.
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ELLFIN3 6/3/2011 4:47PM

    I love the kitty yoga!!! Cats are the best!!! Enjoy your weekend!!! emoticon Dear Friend!!!

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JONAHSADIE 6/3/2011 4:16PM

    I really love your pictures that get added. The ones you find online and your kitties! Hope you like the new dvd's when they arrive. I use Walmart's Ship to Store quite a bit. Great money saver.

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Changed my profile pic today

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I changed my profile pic because I needed a change. In my previous one, it was when my hair was thinning from the chemo and I was wearing my wig. The "new" photo isn't a current one; it's from about 2 years ago, but at least it's me with my real hair. I have tried to get a good photo of myself since I stopped wearing the wigs and scarves two months ago and got my hair cut after it stopped thinning out, but I have not had any luck with getting a picture I have been happy with. My hair is short right now, but I am trying to grow it back out the length that it is in the photo. I will try another time to get a current picture that is a good one, but for now, I decided not to stress about it. Right now, I am just using this pic because it's one I like and that I feel good about.

Not really having any problems with the tummy issues or the pain issues today, (though I did have to take a pain pill this morning), but really feeling the fatigue today. I've had insomnia the past two nights, not falling asleep til 2 or 3am. I probably got 6 hours sleep both nights, which would probably be enough, if I wasn't already fatigued from the chemo. Besides just being tired today, I've been kind of light headed too. I can't take naps though, if I do, I can't sleep at night. So all I can do is get through the day the best I can, and try to get to bed earlier tonight.

Despite the fatigue, I still got a few things done today. The winds from yesterday died down, so I spent 10 minutes in the yard picking up some of the debris that blew out of trees, and a little weeding. 10 minutes of that is about all I can do at a time before I start hurting, It was nice to be outside for a little bit anyway, though I did not stay out long because of my allergies. I also did a short stability ball workout in, washed a load of sheets, and divided up a package of chicken breast I bought Monday got them packaged up for the freezer.

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SUNSPARKER 6/3/2011 6:06PM

  Even feeling fatigued, you certainly got a lot accomplished (which is oftentimes hard to do). Hopefully, now that it is June, you'll be able to spend more time outdoors in the warm "sunshine-y" (I made up that word as you probably guessed) weather.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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KERRYG155 6/2/2011 10:01PM

    Good picture emoticon Sounds like you had a pretty good day. Glad you got to get a bit of fresh air.

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CARRAND 6/2/2011 9:01PM

    I love the picture. Maybe getting outside today will help you sleep tonight.

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/2/2011 8:55PM

    I love your new profile picture!!!! You really got a lot done today with being so tired. Sure pray you can rest better tonight.

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ELLFIN3 6/2/2011 8:45PM

    I lole the new pic!!! Sounds like you got a lot done today! I hope you sleep and rest better tonight!!! emoticon Dear Friend!!!!!

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NURSNANA 6/2/2011 8:15PM

    Hey Shari, Sorry you are not sleeping well. You managed to get a lot done today! I like the profile picture you are using now! Maybe your mom could take a picture the next time she visits.

Hope you get a good nights sleep tonight.

Sweet Dreams,


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OUTDOORGIRL70 6/2/2011 7:49PM

    I love the new picture.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/2/2011 7:26PM

    emoticonSounds like you are listening to your body and doing just enough with out exhausting yourself. emoticon

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LADYDARYA 6/2/2011 6:41PM

    I like the new profile picture. You look great!

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MEXGAL1 6/2/2011 6:09PM

    Little by little
Best of everything to you!

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