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Long day at the clinic today

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Today it was back to chemo, and my long day today at the clinic. I had my monthly appointment with my oncologist, and before they did my chemo, I had my 2 hour Aredia infusion. My doctor was almost on time today, but the 2 nurses had a lot of patients today, so my Aredia got started about an hour late. I was ok with that though, I knew it would be a long day so I had my books with me, (was halfway done with one and finished it, and started another one) and my water and snacks.

I mention to my oncologist that I having cramps in my legs and feet again early in the morning before I'd get out of bed. I'm supposed to take magnesium twice per day, but sometimes I have to skip it for a few days because of diarrhea; my ethromycin I take for the GP also causes diarrhea, so if it gets bad I cut back on the magnesium, since if I don't take the ethromycin, I'll end up with stomach pain. He told me keep taking the magnesium when I can, but also to try drinking some tonic water every day, so on the way home my mom and I stopped at Rite Aid and I bought some there.

Right now I am doing ok, except for feeling a little sleepy from the anti nausea meds, but I probably won't feel so good later. The side effect of the chemo usually hit me a few hours later, and seem to start suddenly. I don't throw up from it, but it causes some stomach pain and cramping, and I need to be close to the bathroom when it starts.

I'm so glad to have the next few days to just stay home and rest.

After I got back home, I got an email from Walmart telling me my site to store order of the tai chi and yoga DVDs were in. Sure wish they would have sent me that email before I left for my appointment this morning, I would have picked it up after I was done. But I have til July 5th to pick it, so I won't have to rush out there if I'm not feeling good. I also listed my mom as a pick up person, so if she gets there before I do she can pick up the order for me.

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PAT3ONTHEBACK 6/16/2011 11:29PM

    Leg cramps are so scary! I got away with just one magnesium supplement per day to end them. I also think that consistent exercise helps, but I am not a very consistent person, and I am under the impression that you are consistent, so if that worked, then you wouldn't still have the cramps! My mom does the tonic water but only limited results. By the face she made when she swigs it down, I don't think she appreciates the stuff!

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KERRYG155 6/14/2011 9:44PM

    Wishing you a nice quiet and restful night and day.

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NURSNANA 6/14/2011 9:12PM

    Hey Shari, Sorry you had such a long day today. You must feel exhausted my friend. I hope you can get some sleep tonight, and that your chemo symptoms are mild. Glad you can stay home and take it easy this week.

Thanks for the Goodie, and your sweet comment!

I have been out of town for a wedding. It is so good to be back home, I need to rest up.

Sweet Dreams!

~hugs~ Nancy

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ELLFIN3 6/14/2011 8:53PM

    Glasd today is over for you! Rest and sleep well!!! Love ya!! emoticon

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CARRAND 6/14/2011 8:26PM

    Have a quiet day tomorrow.


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PUDLECRAZY 6/14/2011 6:29PM

    I hope you can get some good rest after this long session.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 6/14/2011 6:00PM

    emoticon yeah, walgreens does that to me with prescriptions... I only go out 1-2 Xs a week.. gas, not much funds for it..

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    Sounds like you had a looong day! Hope you get some rest! emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 6/14/2011 5:50PM

    sending you good vibes, my best friends b/f is going thru chemo right now, he thought it was all gone, til he went back for a check up and blood work last week.
hope you feel well.... emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 6/14/2011 5:39PM

    HUGS !!!

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Up early again today

Monday, June 13, 2011

I was so tired last night, I was asleep by 11pm, early for me. I got up early today; 6:30am. Wish I could have slept longer, but I was feeling hungry, which made it hard to relax in order to get back to sleep. But I was able to leave earlier than I normally do to do my grocery shopping. I also stopped at Walmart before getting my groceries. I don't normally do 2 big stores in one day, but I had short lists for both. I was back home around 9:15am.

My tai chi and yoga DVDs are not here yet, but I did buy a yoga mat in Walmart. I can also use it to do my sciatica exercises, which I have to admit, I've been slacking off on; I really need to be more consistent with those.

It was a chilly start this morning; I actually had to use the heater in the car on my way into town, but it warmed up pretty quickly, got up into the 70's by early afternoon.

I only took 1 pain pill for the entire day yesterday; today so far I've only taken 1, but I cut it half and took those halves at different times. They half pills still make me feel sleepy, but my fatigue wasn't quite as bad as it was yesterday. I skipped my workout today though, I was pretty tired out from my shopping this morning.

I shop on Mondays because my chemo is always on Tuesday, and the days following that I'm not feeling very good. I do not like to shop Fridays or Saturdays because the stores are too crowded and busy. I am thinking though of switching to Sunday mornings for my grocery shopping, since it tires me out so much. That way I have Monday, the day before my chemo, to hopefully have a little more energy to do something more enjoyable at home and get my workout in too. Some Tuesdays are longer than others, and that way I won't have 2 days in a row of energy draining activities.

Tomorrow will be one of my long days. Besides the chemo, I have my once per month oncologist appointment, and my monthly 2 hour Aredia infusion.

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SKYEFYR 6/14/2011 9:33AM

  Here's a wish for you that your appts go quickly today and you can get some extra rest in. Congrats on being able to deal with the pain on only 1/2 a pill at a time, that's fantastic! Your ability to keep forging ahead is a true inspiration.

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AMYBINTN 6/13/2011 11:03PM

    I hope your long day goes well and that there are bright spots in your day as you are going through your treatments and dr.'s appointment. I'll be thinking about you!
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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/13/2011 10:31PM

    If you go out on a Sunday, be careful - those 'Sunday drivers' plus the 'crazy drivers' can make Sunday mornings a little difficult.

I've never tried it, but have you looked into having groceries delivered to your house? If nothing else, it would be good to know how it works if you end up having more weeks like when you had the sinus infection. That way if you can't get out, at least you can get a few things you need.

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ELLFIN3 6/13/2011 8:23PM

    You could probably get your shopping done while folks are at church! Sounds like all in all the last 2 days have been better!! emoticon Rest well tonight! I hope tomorrow goes by fast! Love you! emoticon Susan

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CARRAND 6/13/2011 5:56PM

    Sunday shopping sounds like a good plan. I'm glad the pain pills helped you today and the weather warmed up. We had beautiful weather here today.

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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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