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Started out feeling better, then ran out of steam

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Didn't get quite enough sleep last night, but I still felt better today, at least the first part of my day. The weather was nice today, and my hip and knee felt a little better too. I didn't have to take a pain pill until 12:30pm today.

But before I had to take that pill, I got a little cleaning done today. I paced myself though and took frequent breaks. House wasn't looking too bad, but I needed to catch up on a few things, since I start the chemo cycle again on Tuesday and it will probably be another 3-4 weeks before I felt that good again. I also washed a load of sheets.

Started getting very tired this afternoon; I don't think it was from the cleaning though. More like not enough sleep and then the pain pill making me sleepy. Managed to get my grocery list done for tomorrow, nothing spectacular on sale this week so it's a very short list.

I have some chicken in the oven right now, and I made enough to have leftovers for the next few days. Then some tv and reading time before I go to bed, will probably turn in early tonight.

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CARRAND 6/12/2011 8:50PM

    Your chicken sounds yummy. I like to cook ahead like that.

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KERRYG155 6/12/2011 8:05PM

    Glad you had a good day-sounds like you accomplished a lot before the lack of sleep and pain pill got to you! emoticon

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ELLFIN3 6/12/2011 6:44PM

    Sounds like a great day! I put 2 books on my kindle and I am off to read! I think I am really going to like! Rest well tonight! Have a great Monday!!!!! emoticon Dear Friend!!!

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Saturday 6/11/11

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Woke up to the sound of rain this morning; I thought it was going to rainy day all day, but it stopped around mid morning, and very late this afternoon, the sun came out.

Feeling pretty good today, except the hip/knee pain. The pain pills have been helping, but they have also made me feel very tired. I think those last injections in the lumbar spine helped with the back pain, but not the sciatica. Hopefully the TENS will be more helpful with that. I am anxious for the 23rd to get here; I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, but I really want to give the TENS a try.

I haven't been able to be too active today, but I did get clean sheets put on the bed, and did a load of laundry. I also did a short stability ball workout.

Watched the movie Wild Hogs this afternoon; it was funny but it had a heart; just the kind of movie I needed after the week I've had. I might watch another movie later on tonight. I recently found Elizabeth the Golden Age at Big Lots for $3 but haven't had a chance to watch it yet. I love history, especially Tudor stuff. My favorite thing to read is historical fiction.

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AMYBINTN 6/12/2011 10:43AM

    You never know what you're going to find at Big Lots! We have one nearby and I love finding bargains there. I'm anxious for you to try the tens unit since I remember mine helped the back pain--the 23rd will be here before you know it!
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IVYLASS 6/11/2011 8:50PM

    Have you ever read Colleen McCullough's Master of Rome series? She wrote The Thorn Birds. She did more than a decade of research before she started writing the series. It starts about two generations before Julius Caesar and goes through (spoiler alert emoticon ) the deaths of Antony and Cleopatra. I highly recommend it...I'm rereading it again, myself.

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ELLFIN3 6/11/2011 8:37PM

    Sounds like a good day! Enjoy your evening!!!!! emoticon
Dear Friend!!

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CARRAND 6/11/2011 7:51PM

    You got a lot done today for someone tired and in pain. Enjoy your evening!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 6/11/2011 7:26PM

    wild hogs was a good movie.. please send that rain down this way

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LADYDARYA 6/11/2011 7:14PM

    I used to have a tens unit, lost it when I moved from Knoxville to Nashville. I loved it and have been thinking of trying to get another one. It made a huge difference in managing pain.

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MJMONE 6/11/2011 7:02PM

    Have a great evening, I would LOVE to curl up to Elizabeth the Golden Years...sounds great!

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TUFFYBIRD 6/11/2011 7:00PM

    Elizabeth the Golden Years is excellent ... you will enjoy it.

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Thinking about this fragile thing called Life

Friday, June 10, 2011

I am feeling a little better today, expect for the pain in the areas where I usually feel it. So far no headaches today and my stomach is feeling better. I took a sleeping pill last night so that I would be able to get some good sleep, otherwise I would have stayed awake thinking about Angie's death.

I was reading all the posts last night that people have left on her Facebook page; I wonder if she ever had any idea how many lives she touched. I hope that knowing that will bring some measure of comfort for her family.

The article in the paper today said that Angie had been found in the computer room, and her husband was in the living room. They do not know the cause of the explosion yet; I had been thinking maybe they heated with propane and the lightning hit the tank, but it said they had no propane tank.The cause is still being investigated. They had their own trucking company business, and had just come back from Texas, their longest trip, and sadly, what turned out to be their last. I can't help but wonder about their last moments, if they had any time at all to know what was coming. I can only pray that they did not suffer.

A few hours before that happened, I talked to her briefly on Facebook; we had talked about how we both loved the book a Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It was a trivial thing, but I'm glad our last interaction was a positive one. It is a lesson for us all, to stop and think before we speak words in anger; what if something happens to that person before you have a chance to tell that person you are sorry?

No matter what you are going through in life, no matter what your troubles are, each day of life is truly a gift; you never know when it can be cut short suddenly and unexpectedly. I once read a quote that went something like this; I can't remember the exact wording, but basically it said that even if each day is not good, it's possible to find some good in every day. There is always something to be thankful for, no matter how bad the day is going or how miserable you might be feeling.

Please forgive my ramblings today; I guess I'm trying to process it all and make some sort of sense out of it. It's hard to lose anyone that we care about, but I think sometimes it's harder when that person is young and it happens so suddenly and tragically.

It's been a rough week for my with my health and emotionally too, but I am hoping to feel better this weekend. After 3 days without doing a workout, I did my tai chi dvd today.

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COOKIE502 6/13/2011 5:01PM

    This blog was really "food for thought". Thanks for sharing

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CAROLEHZ 6/11/2011 9:14AM

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PAT3ONTHEBACK 6/11/2011 12:53AM

    Thanks for your observations. I know that feeling of walking around not knowing what to do. Our lives have a huge impact on those around us in an ever-widening circle. Right you are. emoticon

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CARANN56 6/11/2011 12:52AM

    I'm sorry for your loss. You are so right - we need to live each day as if it could be our last.

God Bless -

Carol emoticon

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KERRYG155 6/10/2011 10:55PM

    Wow, I'm so sorry about your friends. emoticon emoticon

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ELLFIN3 6/10/2011 9:12PM

    I am so sorry for your loss! It is hard to deal with when someone has healthy issues and you know, But such tragic death so quickly happening is harder I think!! I hope you sleep well tonight! I hope tomorrow is a better day! Love you!! emoticon

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LADYDARYA 6/10/2011 7:45PM

    Shari, I hope that the pain starts to let up for you, at least to a bearable level. I continue to think of you in the loss of your friend. My thoughts are with you. emoticon

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PIMPINELLAN50 6/10/2011 6:37PM

I wish i could reach right thru my screen and give you a big hug.So sorry to read about your friend.I am praying for your friends family,especially the little girl who has lost her daddy...
Our beloved pets can often sense if we are sad or upset...Hoping that Kallie & Timmy will
give you some measure of comfort during this difficult time.
BR> emoticon

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NURSNANA 6/10/2011 6:25PM

    Hi Shari, I have been thinking about you and the sudden death of your friend and her husband. It is such a tragic thing to happen, especially since you had just chatted with her on Facebook. I really feel for that little girl. My heart is grieving for her, her life has taken a drastic turn and she is probably too young to understand. This family really needs our prayers. I will keep them in my prayers and will continue to pray for you Shari. I know how it hurts to lose a friend. You are so right about each day being a gift! I like to keep a gratitude journal, I list 5 things that I am grateful for each day. So, I am looking for things to be grateful for each day. It gives us an attitude of gratitude for the many blessings in our life. Have a nice weekend my friend. It is stormy here right now, so I better get off my laptop. Hope you sleep well and feel better tomorrow. We all care about you Shari. :)
~hugs & prayers~
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A dark and stormy night, and some sad news

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 55F, 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.

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KAT7457 6/12/2011 4:44PM

    so sorry to hear about your friend and husband the little girl is in my prayers.sorry you had to go thru an aweful night last night. I hate storms are in my prayers also.Does the little girl have a mom involved?? I sure do hope is just nasty this year all over the world and states.
animals can always tell when something is wrong. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon sending my little angel to watch over you and that little girl.xx

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PATRICIA441 6/12/2011 11:56AM

  I can only imagine how upset you must be dear friend. You just never know what is going to happen to you from day to day. I am glad that the little girl still has some family to turn to. Keeping everyone in prayer. Tender,loving hugs to you. Pat

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HOPE2BE 6/11/2011 9:33PM

    So sorry to hear about your friend and her DH and hearing how the DH left a DD behind that was so young. My sympathies and prayers go out to the family. Hope

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RSSSLHB 6/11/2011 7:27AM

    So emoticonwill be praying emoticon

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CARRAND 6/10/2011 9:30PM

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. What a scary thing to have happen. I will say a prayer for the little girl.

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JENN03275 6/10/2011 5:53PM

    Sorry this has happened to you. Those storms have been scary and mean!

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PUDLECRAZY 6/10/2011 3:57PM

    Oh, how sad and tragic! And scary! I am so sorry to hear this.

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HANOVERLADY 6/10/2011 2:08PM


I'm so sorry at your sad news. I'm glad you were able to chat with your friend before this tragedy happened. Makes me more aware than ever that we should always treat others as if it is the last time we will be with them because we never know what's just around the bend. I'm glad your kitties are keeping you company. They always seem to know when we need extra attention from them.

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ORACLE2010 6/10/2011 12:02PM

    That's horribly shocking news Shari! So sorry about your friend and her husband. I'm even stunned in reading this so I can imagine how you must feel, especially in chatting her just prior to this event. I'm curious about what happened. Please keep us filled in to what happened. If it could happen to them, it could probably again to someone else.

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SUNSPARKER 6/10/2011 10:54AM

  I will keep both you and your friend's family in my thoughts during this difficult time. Take care. emoticon

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BAMBIBUNNY 6/10/2011 1:07AM

    i'm so sorry this happened. i hope you are feeling better soon. emoticon emoticon

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AMYBINTN 6/10/2011 12:08AM

    I'm sorry to hear about what happened--I'll pray for the families and the little girl. I hope you're able to get some sleep tonight.
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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/9/2011 9:05PM

    Not that it is much consolation, but at least you were able to talk to her last night. 11 years ago I was in town where a cousin lived and I really wanted to see him. The guy I was seeing at the time refused to let me. A few weeks later my cousin died and to this day I wish I would have been able to see him one last time.

It is never easy to lose someone you care about. In fact, it downright sucks. My condolences.

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ELLFIN3 6/9/2011 8:38PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friend's family! It has been a terrible weather year! I hope tomorrow is better for you! You keep drinking that water! I hope you rest better tonight! Love you! emoticon
Dear Friend!!!!!

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NURSNANA 6/9/2011 8:07PM

    Oh Shari, that is shocking news for you. I am so sorry for the loss of your long time friend. I will be praying for the families and the little girl. I will also be praying for you to find comfort during your time of grieving, and also for you to feel better tomorrow. Hope you can get some good sleep tonight my friend.


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KHFOUR 6/9/2011 6:43PM

    Oh, so tragic. We also had those storms come through last night. I cannot imagine what that family went through. I am so sorry for your loss and for the family of your co-worker and her husband. And also for that precious little girl. Someone has plans for that little girl. She will grow up to be something special.

Take comfort in your memories and know they have many prayers lifting them up. emoticon

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MOMTO2TOMBOYS 6/9/2011 6:25PM

    WOW!! It just goes to show you that nothing in life is guaranteed. Don't take a single minute for granted and tell those you love how you feel...OFTEN!!
Will be praying for your friend's family and for the little girl. Will also say a prayer for you that you will get relief from your aches and pains and that you will find comfort and peace of heart. Hang in there...there are folks who love you greatly!

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LADYDARYA 6/9/2011 6:24PM

    I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. I hope that the sorrow you feel will replace itself with the warm memories of your friendship.

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KISSFAN1 6/9/2011 6:21PM

    Wow, that's terrible about your co-worker and her husband. How awfully tragic! We've had so many storms in our area lately that I am weary of any thunder or lightning.

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Lunch out today, and some poppy pics

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!

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HANOVERLADY 6/9/2011 1:41PM

    Thanks for sharing the photos - very pretty!

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KINSBAILE 6/9/2011 9:30AM

    Pretty poppies!

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CELLOPLAYER1 6/8/2011 8:43PM

    The flower is pretty. I think the front is coming through here now. We are having thunder storms. Looking forward to the cooler weather also.

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CARRAND 6/8/2011 8:18PM

    I love the poppy pictures. Enjoy your evening.

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BUTEAFULL 6/8/2011 7:17PM

    I know what you mean about icky stomach, I too had a lunch to attend, I had soup
love the poppies mine reseed themselves too

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ELLFIN3 6/8/2011 7:06PM

    The poppy is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Glad you got to out to lunch! I have another Kindle question when you buy a book on how long do you have to read it or do you keep it? Rest well tonight! I hope the headache is better tomorrow!!! emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/8/2011 6:23PM

    Sometimes there is only one flower, animal, person strong enough to stand up against all odds and say I am here to stay! The rest of the flowers might not have made it, but this pretty flower has dug in its roots and wants to show the world what it's made of.

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LADYDARYA 6/8/2011 6:01PM

    What a pretty flower!

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