Thursday, June 09, 2011
We had an evening of severe weather last night. We had a thunderstorm go through around 6:30pm, the worst of that one was some heavy rain. We had a few hours of quiet after it had moved through. I ended up with another migraine triggered by the weather, and had to take my Imitrex.
Around 11pm, another round of storms started. While I was watching the weather on the local news at 11:15pm, I heard the wind suddenly get stronger, and the lights began to flicker. They had just issued a severe thunderstorm warning for my area, but before I heard for how long it would last, the power went out, and stayed out. I tried to check the local radio stations here in town to find out more about the warning, but they had lost power too. I knew I would not be able to relax and sleep until the storm was over, so I got out my battery operated lamp, and did some reading, (or tried too, it was hard to concentrate at times being anxious about the storm.) Timmy and Kallie were curled up on the bed with me too. When I finally went to sleep around 1am, the power was still out. Not sure what time it came back on but I had to get up and use the bathroom around 5am and it was back on then.
It really cooled things off. I got up around 8am and it was only 55°F, and the house felt a little chilly inside. I was hoping that once the storms were all out of the area, that I would feel better, but I woke up feeling achy in all the usual spots, and my stomach still feeling a little upset. I also had bad cramps in both feet before getting out of bed. I know I haven't been drinking enough water the last couple of days, so that is probably why. I'm doing better with that today, been drinking lots of water; haven't had to make many trips to the bathroom, so that tells me I really was dehydrated.
My upper back bothered me the most today, but I sat in my recliner so I could use my ice pack on it and it feels much better now. Right now I am mainly feeling very tired, from not quite enough sleep and having to take more pain pills today than I normally do. I've had a headache that has been coming and going all day too, I can feel my sinuses hurting from it. Stomach still feels a little "off" too. Even though the weather has been quiet today, I'm thinking maybe the cold front isn't quite done going through yet, so maybe my not feeling good today is partly related to that.
This afternoon, I received some very bad news. One of my former coworkers and her husband were killed during the storms last night. There was an explosion in their house believed to have been caused by lightning. I saw the report on the local news and there is nothing left of it but the foundation and rubble. I still feel stunned, and very sad; I first met Angie when I started at Walmart about 20 years ago. She was one of the most caring and supportive people that I have ever met. When I left Walmart in November 2008, we kept in touch through Facebook; in fact, we had talked a little bit on Facebook last night a few hours before that 2nd round of storms had started. Her husband also had a 6 year old daughter, but she was staying with her grandmother last night so she was not in the house when it happened. I just felt kind of lost and not able to settle down and do anything after I heard. I finally started some laundry but that's about all I got done today. I didn't try to do a workout today, my GP symptoms started to flare up again, probably from stress. I feel like I'm still trying to process all this; it's so hard to believe that someone so upbeat and positive, and so full of life, can just be gone in an instant.
For my friends that pray, I ask that you please say a prayer for their families, especially for the little girl who now will have to grow up without her daddy.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Another hot and humid day, but there is a cold front going through, so we should be much cooler tomorrow. I'm hoping my pain issues will be better too. Right now I'm trying to fight off a headache that is starting, probably triggered by the change of weather. I had to take my migraine meds last night for a headache, and I am trying to avoid having to take them again today.
Today it was my monthly lunch out with the ladies I use to work with. I didn't eat much, since my stomach has been feeling kind of icky since yesterday. I think part of it is from the sedatives they gave me before the injections yesterday; even though they were through an IV, I think they still have an effect on the digestive system. I enjoyed my time spent with them, but I was also glad to get back home, my back was hurting too, and I needed to take a pain pill and sit with my ice pak.
I have not done much today, feeling pretty fatigued yet from yesterday. I got into pajamas early again.
This morning, I noticed my poppy was open, so I grabbed my camera and got a couple of pictures. A few years ago, I planted a couple packages of poppy seeds I got as freebies in the mail; out of all those seeds, only one poppy actually grew, but that poppy comes back every year. It made me smile to see that, what a great way to start the day!
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
I had two appointments at the pain clinic today, at 10am with the PA, and 3:45pm with my doctor. The PA went over the MRI results with me. It did not show any new cancer in the lumbar spine, and the mets that were already there are old ones that are stable, and it did not show any nerve compression. I do have some arthritis there and degenerative discs. It also showed some damage to the bone marrow; most likely it's just from the chemo drugs, which are hard on the marrow, but he is going to call my oncologist and talk to him about it and make sure he sees the MRI also, just to confirm that that is what the damage is from.
He thinks I could benefit from a TENS unit, so he set me up with an appointment to talk to someone there about getting one on June 23rd. I am looking forward to that, if I could get some pain relief without drugs that would be great!
He also talked to my doctor, to see if he could see me while I was there instead of having to come back later. He discussed my MRI with my doctor and also what I had told him today, and my doctor decided to squeeze me into the morning schedule for nerve block injections to the lumbar spine. I had to wait for a little while, but I didn't mind; it was better than having to come back later, and I had my book with me to read. It also saved me from having to pay for a 2nd office visit in one day.
I was given some sedatives then had 3-4 injections (not sure exactly how many, I just knew it felt like I was being poked a lot, and being kind of fuzzy from the sedatives, not really able to count, lol!) My leg was a little numb after I got out of recovery, but not as bad as the last time. I had to lean on my mom to get to the car, but by the time she got me home I was able to walk unassisted, though I went slow and careful.
I got home around 1:30pm; I was so glad not to have to go back the pain clinic a second time, especially in the heat; very humid today and it got up into at least the upper 80's. I waited a couple of hours after I got home for more of the numbness to wear off before walking over to get the mail, then I got into my pajamas. My lower back was hurting so I sat down in the recliner with an ice pack on it. Did some reading but dozed off a few times too. But the ice did get my back feeling better. I need to get into the habit of using it more often. I usually just use my heating pad, but I can't use the heat on the injection site for 2-3 days.
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!
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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