Tuesday, July 26, 2011
It was hard to get up today, I had my alarm set for 8:30am, the latest I could get up and still be able to get ready for my chemo appointment without having to rush. Even when I do set my alarm, I'm usually up before it goes off, but not today; I hit the snooze button too. So glad the next few days I don't have to be up at any certain time, I can sleep as long as I want too.
I have next week off of chemo, and need to get my hair cut; my bangs are too long. I've been putting off calling and making an appointment, but I finally did that this morning, and I have an appointment now for next Tuesday morning. I have a cousin's 70th birthday party to go on the 6th next month, so I am glad I will have my hair cut before then.
Chemo was pretty uneventful today; stopped at Rite Aid for prescriptions before coming home, and getting into my pajamas.
I may sit outside later and do some reading; it's warm out, but there is a nice, cool breeze and low humidity. The heat and humidity will be coming back tomorrow, so I want to enjoy some time outdoors while I can. I was hardly outside at all last week because it was so hot out.
I have not done a workout yet today. Maybe I will do some of yoga moves while watching TV tonight. I've done the DVD enough that I can kind of make up my own routine now. It will be good to do some gentle moves and stretches after sitting so much today.
Monday, July 25, 2011
I had another appointment at the pain clinic this morning. I saw my P.A., Chuck. We mostly discussed my shoulder/arm pain, since that is what is hurting the most now. I do have some bursitis in that shoulder, but he also ordered an x-ray to make sure he is not missing anything. He might order an MRI to follow up, but for now, he doesn't want to do that unless I really need it, since I have already had so many MRIs and scans over the last few years; not just for the pain issues but for the cancer too.
In the meantime, he decided to try a couple of nerve block injections to see if that would give me some relief. They kind of hurt a little going in, but that is because they were hitting nerves, which is what they are suppose to do. It will probably be a few days before I feel them helping.
On the way home, I stopped at the hospital to get the x-ray. I'm hoping the report will be ready tomorrow, so that I can pick it up before chemo. The hospital is just a few yards from the clinic where I get my chemo so it won't take me long to pop in there and check. My next appointment at the pain clinic is September 27th, my birthday.
I ordered a hot/cold wrap that fits around the neck and shoulders after I got home. I plan to use it mostly cold. I think it will be nice to have while I am sitting at the computer. I also ordered a wrap that fastens around the back that can be used hot or cold. I have a heating pad and a huge ice pack, but sometimes they are inconvenient to use unless I am laying down or sitting in the recliner.
No workout today, I thought with the injections today making my shoulder a little more sore than usual, it was best not to use that arm so much today. It's my left arm and shoulder, and I am glad I am right handed; that means I can do my crocheting!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I went to bed early last night, early for me anyway, 10pm. I am surprised I was sleepy enough, after taking that 2 hour nap in the afternoon. Usually if I nap during the day, I can't sleep at night. I guess I really needed that sleep. Yesterday was a tough day mentally, it was one of those days where I was honestly thinking, "I can't do THIS anymore!" And by "this", I mean dealing with the cancer. I guess all I needed was the extra sleep. So I guess I should take naps more often, before I get to the point of being sick and exhausted like I was yesterday.
I got up around 7am and I was surprised at how much better I felt today. I was also able to leave earlier to get my grocery shopping done; I was back home by 9am.
I still have one more chemo to go before my week off, so even though I am feeling better today I am conserving some of my energy. There is housework I need to do, but I will save that for tomorrow. I did part of my yoga for arthritis DVD, just the parts I could do sitting in the chair. I have chicken cooking in the crock pot for dinner and for my meals the next few days. Nothing fancy, just cooking it in some broth, since I will have to eat bland again for a few days after my chemo. I also cooked some potatoes in the microwave and made myself a gastroparesis-friendly potato salad.
I got an email from Amazon that my new blender/chopper set has been shipped! I should have it by Thursday. Can't wait to try some of the recipes I have found for purees and smoothies, I bought some of the ingredients today. I made sure not to buy too many of the perishable ingredients though; I had to remember with having chemo, I might not feel like trying all the recipes I had planned.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Not a very productive day. I didn't feel that great when I got up, but it was nothing unusual; usually mornings aren't the best time of the day for me, it takes me awhile to get going and feel better.
I started the laundry, and shortly after that I started not feeling good, I think it was still from the chemo. Started feeling nauseous. With the chemo I am on now, I don't usually get nausea, but I always make sure I have my Compezine on hand just in case, and I ended up needing to take it around 12:30pm. It makes me very sleepy, but that is preferable to letting the nausea get to the point of throwing up. I managed to finish the last load of laundry, then took a nap between 1-3pm. I had some "purr therapy" too, Kallie curled up and slept with me.
My stomach was better when I got up, but still feeling tired. Feeling a little bit of a sinus headache coming on, but that is probably because we have some rain and possibly stormy weather coming for tomorrow.
I also think part of my not feeling good is just the cumulative effect of all the chemo; I've been doing this for over a year now, and I'm on the third kind of it, and for now, I am on it indefinitely. I have my next one on Tuesday, then I will have my week off again. I also think part of today was just feeling so mentally tired from it; I just had to give in today and let myself just take some time out and rest. I think my body was trying to tell me I need to slow down my pace a little bit.
Friday, July 22, 2011
We are getting a break from the extreme heat today; a cold front went through last night. It went down into the 60's last night, and I could already feel the difference, my AC was not having to kick on as much. It actually felt good to feel the air outside this morning as I stepped out on my porch to pick up the daily paper. After I got dressed, I walked over to the mail room to pick up yesterday's mail which I did not go out for yesterday because of the heat. After breakfast, I filled a couple of watering cans with the hose, so I can quickly water my hanging baskets this weekend, and filled the bird bath with clean water. I also refilled the bird feeders.
It stayed cloudy most of the day, and we had some rain early in the afternoon. After keeping the windows covered the past two days to keep the house cooler, it was nice to open up the blinds, curtains, etc. to let the light in. It's only 77°F now, and it's humid again, but the humidity is easier to tolerate at a lower temperature. Since I have AC though, it's not bothering me. Other than what I did this morning, I was only out to get this afternoon's mail, and that while it was still raining, before the sun came out.
Really feeling the chemo fatigue today; I wasn't really doing anything strenuous outside this morning, nor was I in a hurry, but I was tired when I came back inside and sat down. Felt achy all over from the weather too, but I put off taking a pain pill til 1pm, I didn't want to make myself anymore tired than I was. But I am feeling better right now, despite the fatigue, now that I am not hurting all over quite so much.
I did one of my tai chi workouts around mid morning. I really had to talk myself into it today, but I decided I had to try, to see if it would make me feel a little more energized. I did the beginner workout that is in two parts, the first part standing, the second part is done with a chair, part of it using it for support while standing, and then actually sitting in it to do the rest. It's a half hour workout. I intended to do the entire workout, but all I did was half of it, the standing portion. I was just too tired to do the rest. But I am glad I tried. 15 minutes is better than nothing at all.
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