Tuesday, July 12, 2011
It finally cooled off! Still in the 80's, but the humidity went way down, and there is a nice breeze.
Had my oncologist appointment, (nothing new to report), Aredia and chemo today. It was a still a long day at the clinic but things were pretty much on time today so it was not as bad. At least with the Aredia, they do not need to wait for my lab work before they start it, so that was started right after I saw the doctor, and I had the nausea meds and chemo after that.
Had to stop at Rite Aid after that for a few things. Then it was home; took a shower and got into my pajamas.
I ended up getting sick from the zucchini last night; it made my GP symptoms flare up. My stomach really hurt for awhile, then when my stomach stopped hurting, I had diarrhea. Thankfully, I was recovered from that by this morning. It would not have been fun to have to keep running to the bathroom hooked up to an IV pole at the clinic.
Monday, July 11, 2011
We finally had some rain this morning, only about 1/4 of an inch though, we could use some more. We were under a severe thunderstorm for a while this morning, but nothing bad in my immediate area. It's still very humid though it's not quite as hot as it was yesterday.
I took a pain pill first thing this morning; I knew with the weather I was going to need it, and I had cleaning I had to do. About an hour after breakfast, after the pill had time to start working, I got started. I didn't have a lot to do, just the floors and touching up a little bit, and putting a little bit of clutter away, but I wanted to get it done before my next chemo cycle starts tomorrow. I also did a couple loads of laundry.
I did 40 minutes of my yoga DVD after that, just to de-stress and stretch some of my sore muscles. Tomorrow is my long day at the clinic, besides chemo, I see my oncologist and get my 2 hour Aredia infusion, so I will take tomorrow off from exercise. So far this month I've only missed one day, so taking a day off is not going to be a setback.
For dinner I am going to cook some chicken and squash. I can eat squash with the GP as long as it's peeled and I don't eat the seeds. I'll make enough so that I won't have to cook for at least the next 2-3 days. Maybe I'll think of some way to combine the chicken and squash, add some seasonings, and have it on some rice.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I was up and out of the house by 8:30am to get my groceries today. Took me a little longer today; I didn't shop last week, and last week also seemed to be the week that I ran out of quite a few basic pantry items, such as flour and sugar. I also stocked up on a few sale items. I felt like I got a workout in today carrying everything into the house, (going up and down the porch steps too) and then getting everything put away. I got home a little before 10am and it was already getting hot then; I worked up a sweat by the time I got the car unloaded.
Because of my gastroparesis, I'm very limited as to what fruits and veggies I can eat, but a lot of the people in the G-PACT support group I am a part of on Facebook eat baby food because it's easily digestable, so I thought I would try baby food versions of some of the fruits and veggies I can't eat any other way. I tried an Earth's Best jar of apples and blueberries and it wasn't bad; I think next time I will refrigerate it first though, I think it would taste better cold. I know it would probably be cheaper to just to puree my own fruits and veggies, but the truth is, with being so tired from the chemo all the time, I'd never get around to actually doing it even if I bought all the ingredients for it. If I have a day where I have some energy, there are other things that are more important to me to get done. Anyway, for now I am going to experiment with different varieties and brands hopefully be able to add some variety to my diet and get more servings of fruits and veggies in.
I wasn't hurting too bad even after that long shopping trip, but I knew with the humidity I'd be feeling it later, so I took a pain pill as soon as I got home to hopefully save myself from hurting a lot later in the day.
I did a short stability ball workout, but other than that kind of staying off my feet today; need to save some energy to do my housework tomorrow; I want to get a good cleaning in the kitchen and living room areas before I start my next cycle of chemo on Tuesday.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
I wanted to wash my car this morning; it looked terrible with the dirt and pollen stuck all over it; we haven't had a hard enough rain in a few weeks to wash it off. I couldn't find my car sponge though, so after loosening all the dirt with a hose, I did the best I could with some spray cleaner and paper towels. I refuse to pay for a car wash when the car just sits outside anyway, since I have no garage. It looked a lot better when I got done anyway.
Since I already had the hose unwound, and had my spray cleaner and paper towels out with me, I also cleaned the bird bath. After that I filled all the bird feeders. By the time I was all done outside, it was getting hot out. (Stayed inside after that, it's 86°F right now.)
I sat down to rest for awhile after I came in, and got my grocery list ready for tomorrow.
Did one of my Tai Chi workouts after that.
My chemo cycle starts again on Tuesday, so this is my weekend to get things done. However, I know I have to pace myself too. So I have pretty much taken it easy since my outdoor activities this morning; tomorrow is my shopping day, and Monday is going to be my cleaning day.
Friday, July 08, 2011
This is an easy, gentle workout for those suffering from arthritis or stiffness, it will help to strengthen the muscles and will also help with increasing mobility.
It's divided into 7 segments; you can do them all, or just pick the ones you want to do.
* A warm up to loosen the shoulders, neck, back, legs and feet.
* warm ups for the hands, wrists, and arms (good if you are at a keyboard all day!)
* Standing poses
* Seated poses
* Reclining poses
* Deep relaxation techniques
There are 3 different ways shown to do the workout; standing, seated, or standing but using a chair for support.
I really like the instructor; she has a very calming voice, and she does a great job of taking the time with each move to show you the correct way to do it.
I have some arthritis, but that isn't my biggest problem; I have issues with pain from sciatica and cancer, and fatigue from the chemo I am on right now. I really enjoy this workout, it's gentle, and doesn't hurt. It has been helping a lot with the pain and stiffness in my back. I do most of the workout standing using a chair for support, but for some of the moves, I have to do them seated. I like having the options to do them in different ways depending on how I am feeling and what my pain level is each day. The moves are simple and uncomplicated, nothing that feels like I have to turn myself into a "pretzel".
Other than a chair, the only other equipment you need are a yoga mat if you are doing the seated exercises on the floor, or the reclining poses, and a strap.
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