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Friday; still recovering

Friday, July 29, 2011

I had a pretty good sleep last night, and felt a little more refreshed this morning. Been really feeling the heart palpitations today though; wondering if maybe that's from the transfusion. Maybe my body is still getting use to the "new blood." I haven't yet noticed a big difference in my fatigue level, but part of that is because I had to take a pain pill (which one of their side effects is tiredness) as soon as I got up because my hip/knee pain was bad this morning. I think part of it was from being in the hospital bed for so long yesterday, and the damp and humid weather that we had through last night too.

I tried out the new blender and made a smoothie for breakfast; it was an easy recipe from my GP cook book; 6 oz. each of Bolthouse Farms Strawberry/Banana and Vanilla Chai Tea, with 4 oz. water; it tasted good, nice and cinnamon-y. The blender works great, and it was very easy to clean it up afterwards. Tomorrow I plan on trying a banana/peanut butter smoothie; I have to remember to cut up a banana and put it in the freezer tonight.

Most of the morning I felt pretty good, but then I started feeling the chemo side effects again. Not going to go into detail, just going to say it was time to take the Milk of Magnesia. I've had a very slight fever all afternoon also.

I got caught up on my laundry today; it's about the only thing I got accomplished today, but that's ok; it's a good feeling to know all my clothes are clean once again. I had planned to do my yoga DVD too, but I didn't feel like doing that after the tummy troubles started. I should be feeling better tomorrow anyway, by then the M.O.M. should be done working. Looking forward to getting some things done this weekend, nothing exciting, just some light housecleaning and stuff. But when I can do those things without feeling worn out or sick, it's a good feeling.

  
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ARCHDANDY3828 8/1/2011 1:31PM

    Great job on trying to stay positive. I also love to have clean clothes, it makes my day go even smoother! I'm just curious what GP cookbook you were using? I havent been able to find any good one's.

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CMRAND54 7/30/2011 4:09PM

    You always get something done, even when you're tired. You are such an inspiration!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/29/2011 10:14PM

    Remember: a fever is your immune system fighting something foreign. I'm not surprised you have a slight fever, as your immune system is trying to figure out what has invaded your blood. Once it figures out that it isn't hurting you, it should go away. I think it is good to know you have a slight fever - it means your immune system is still working.

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/29/2011 9:24PM

    You get so much done even when you don't feel well. I hope you have a good weekend!

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 7/29/2011 9:21PM

  I hope you have a restful weekend. You deserve it! emoticon

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ELLFIN3 7/29/2011 5:14PM

    You accomplish things even when you do not feel good! You are so inspiring! Enjoy your evening!!! Love YA!! emoticon
Susan

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Transfusion went well today

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I had to be up by 7am to get ready for my transfusion this morning, but I set the alarm for 6:30am in case I had to hit the snooze a few times, and I did, about 3 times. I must have had a deep sleep though; I had a few people tell me about how hard it rained during the night and I never heard it, and normally that would wake me up.

My dad picked up a little after 7:30am, and stopped at Biggby's so I could get a banana smoothie for breakfast. Then it was on to the hospital; I got there a little before 8am. I was already registered so they sent me up to the surgical floor. I had a nice, quiet room to myself at the end of a hall. It was 9am by the time I got the first bag of blood, ( I had two.) I was feeling ok up until 11am, started feeling crampy and bloated; it had to be the smoothie, I guess it was not as GP friendly as I thought it would be. The nurse had to call my doctor to get the ok to give me some Mylanta, but awhile after I took it I did feel a lot better.

I passed most of my time by reading, (finished a book!) and also played a trivia game and some solitaire on my Nintendo DS. I could not get up and walk around like I thought I would want too, as the pump I was hooked up to was plugged into the wall, (though I could unplug it if I had to use the bathroom.), but I was too tired to do any walking around anyway. I wasn't tired enough to fall asleep though. It was hot and muggy outside, but my room was cold. I'm glad I brought a sweater with me, but I had to have the nurse bring me a heated blanket a couple of times.

I had a good lunch too! I let the nurse I have GP, and it had to be low fat/low fiber. I had some baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cooked carrots. I couldn't eat the jello, it had oranges in it and I can't have those, but I wouldn't have eaten it anyway. I like jello, but there is just something about "hospital jello" that is nasty.

My mom came up there around 1:15, and they unhooked me and discharged me at 1:30pm. I am tired, but it feels good to be home, and it feels good to be able to get up and move around from time to time. I have the washable parts to my new blender soaking in the sink right now, so that I can try it out tomorrow, but otherwise just unwinding and relaxing the rest of the day. I was told I should feel better tomorrow, (at least with the fatigue, maybe not so much the chemo side effects on the GI system.) I have next week off from chemo, so it won't be until the 9th when I get my blood checked again. It will be interesting to see how much the transfusion will raise the hemoglobin level.

I had a package at my front door when I got home too; a friend who lives downstate sent me a box of yarn and buttons, supplies for my hanging towels I am making and also some of the yarn is soft yarn to use for chemo hats. Looking forward to looking through the buttons after dinner tonight and seeing what I can use on the towels that I have all done except for needing buttons.

  
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SKYEFYR 7/29/2011 10:07AM

  I am so glad to see you feeling so good! Sounds like your day went as well as could be expected, and you deserve that. Hope today is a better energy day and that you don't have any side effects from the treatments to deal with.

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NURSNANA 7/28/2011 8:06PM

    The Banana Smoothie sounded so yummy, sorry it made you sick. Maybe you could try making one using Banana Baby food in your new blender? Glad your transfusions went well today. Wow! What a nice surprise getting the package of yarn and buttons!Have a nice evening my friend. ~hugs~ Nancy

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CMRAND54 7/28/2011 7:54PM

    I'm glad things went well for you.

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/28/2011 7:40PM

    I am glad to hear things went well today. Hopefully the fatigue will be better.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 7/28/2011 7:16PM

    I am so glad that everything went well for you today. I hope the same for me tomorrow with the MRI.


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SPIRITSEEKER2 7/28/2011 7:14PM

    glad to know you are ok !! the care package sounds wonderful.. I like buttons..:0)

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SUNSPARKER 7/28/2011 5:58PM

  So glad to hear everything went well today, and I hope that the transfusion helps with your fatigue issue. Now that you're back home--maybe you can rest, relax, and enjoy the evening.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/28/2011 5:18PM

    I'm glad it went well. I hope it helps you feel better quickly.

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 7/28/2011 5:07PM

  emoticonGlad to hear it's done and you will have more energy soon!

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ELLFIN3 7/28/2011 5:06PM

    WooHoo on more yarn and supplies!! I am glad the transfusion went well! I just talked to my cousin and ask her about hers last week and she said she thought she was less tired after it was done! I am so glad to have you and your knowledge to help me know what she is going through! Thank You! I can't wait for you to try out your new blender and make wonderful foods! Enjoy your evening Dear Friend!!! Love YA!!! emoticon
Susan

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PICKLEDGINGER2 7/28/2011 4:41PM

  Prayers for you. Best.

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Getting ready for a blood transfusion tomorrow

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I know part of the reason why I felt crappier than usual last week and during the weekend after chemo. After I logged off Spark yesterday, one of my oncology nurses called me. My hemoglobin has been below normal ever since I started chemo, but after my CBC yesterday, it showed it was at 8.6, so my oncologist recommended a blood transfusion. I go in to the hospital at 8am tomorrow for that.

I had one once before, when I had chemo in 2003. It wasn't bad getting it done, I just wish someone had told me how long it takes; I was there for about 8 hours that time. I had a book with me, but as much as I love to read, it's not something I want to do for that long of a stretch. At least this time I can be more prepared. Today I am charging my phone, MP3 player, Kindle, and Nintendo DS to bring with me.

I will also bring along a small crochet project, I'll work on getting one or two chemo hats done. I'm packing up my tote bag with the things I need; it's already packed with the things I take with me to my chemo treatments; lip balm, Kleenex, pen and paper, etc. I am making a list of things I have to wait til morning to back, such as my phone, and GP meds. I'll miss checking in on Facebook since I don't have internet on my phone, but that's ok, some time away from it won't kill me.

Last night I had the usual post chemo side effects; feeling crampy and diarrhea. I no longer have periods, but I took a Pamprin anyway for the cramping, and it helped! I've had the usual heartburn too, but it hasn't been quite as bad as usual. Had a cramps and diarrhea again this morning but so far doing ok this afternoon.

I made it til 12pm before taking a pain pill; first time in a long time I haven't had to take my first one in the morning. We have rain and possibly some storms coming so I am sure that is part of the pain today. Even before the pain pill (which I took mainly for the sciatica today), my arm and shoulder weren't hurting as much today, so I am hoping that means the nerve block injections are starting to work. The weather is nice right now though, only 70F right now, and so far only a few light rain sprinkles.

I did my beginners Tai Chi workout this morning. It felt good to move a little. I was only going to do the standing portion at first, but I since it was making me feel better I did the whole half hour. I probably won't have time for a workout tomorrow, but I plan to take a few walks around the hall when I am at the hospital tomorrow, just so I don't get too stiff. I just hope I don't gross out any visitors when they see the bag of blood on the IV pole.

My blender came today too! I will probably wait til Friday to wash the parts that need washing, and try it out. I stashed the instruction booklet into my tote bag to read while I am at the hospital tomorrow.

  
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CIVIAV 7/28/2011 9:10AM

    Here's hoping that today is a relaxing, energizing kind of day. I know it's not preferred to be in this spot but now that you are - take full advantage. Sound like you are ready to do just that!

Be well my friend!

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PUDLECRAZY 7/27/2011 10:02PM

    It sounds like you have prepared well for this round of blood transfusions! Get plenty of rest tonight and good luck tomorrow - I'll be thinking of you.

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NURSNANA 7/27/2011 9:10PM

    Hey Shari, I will be praying that all goes well for you tomorrow. Sounds like you will have plenty to do while getting your transfusion.

Glad to hear you got your blender! I was excited to get the little catalog from Home Sew that I ordered! Thanks for mentioning them in your blog. I can't wait to look at the catalog tonight!

Take good care my friend!

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COOKWITHME65 7/27/2011 7:47PM

    ust came across your blog thru a friends feed. Sounds like you have everything in control by packing what you need to keep you busy. I think a cat nap as a prior friend sounds wonderful. Hope your feeling better soon and don't worry about the iv pole with blood bag. Just focus on you and not what other's are thinking.
btw your cats are adorable.

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LINDAJ0621 7/27/2011 7:19PM

    Prayers go with you tomorrow. I hope all goes well for you and the time passes quickly thanks to all your preparations!
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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/27/2011 7:19PM

    If anyone is grossed out seeing a bag of blood, they shouldn't be in a hospital (or at least not walking around looking at everyone).

Hope all goes well tomorrow and that you don't get bored. Any chance of taking a nap? (I have absolutely no idea, which is why I ask.) If so, you could try a cat-nap.

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/27/2011 7:12PM

    I hope things go well for you tomorrow. It sounds like you have a plane to keep yourself occupied.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 7/27/2011 4:45PM

    Prayers are with you today & tomorrow.

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SKYEFYR 7/27/2011 4:38PM

  Good luck tomorrow. I hope it goes as quickly as possible and uneventfully.

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ELLFIN3 7/27/2011 4:29PM

    Sounds like you have it all planned out! emoticon My cousin had to have a transfusion last week, but I have not talked to her! I did get a care package off to her today with Mom's shower chair, a chemo sun bonnet, and the lacy night cap I got her! I hope tomorrow goes smoothly! Enjoy your evening and rest well!!! Love YA!!! emoticon

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Tuesday, July 26

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.

  
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AMYBINTN 7/27/2011 11:12PM

    I'm glad chemo went OK. I'm not a morning person so I have a lot of those days when I don't want to get up!
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JOAN68 7/26/2011 11:28PM

    Shari, glad you have had some good sleep and feel better. Joan

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CMRAND54 7/26/2011 10:25PM

    It sounds like a peaceful day.

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PMCFARM 7/26/2011 7:25PM

  Shari, glad to know you're feeling a little better. Guess slowing down and obeying our bodies eventually becomes our lifestyle! emoticon MarilynC.

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ELLFIN3 7/26/2011 4:56PM

    I hope you are able to sit outside and read and relax! It is 102 and low humidity. Enjoy your evening and sleep late tomorrow!!! Love YA!!! emoticon Susan

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 7/26/2011 4:56PM

  Enjoy the good weather while you can!

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2 more injections in the shoulder 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!

  
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SKYEFYR 7/26/2011 2:04PM

  Feel better! I hope the shots for the pain block work as well on you as they did on my husband. He said he was a new man a couple days after he got them.

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KINSBAILE 7/26/2011 11:24AM

    Get better!

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CMRAND54 7/25/2011 10:44PM

    Hopefully the injections will bring you some relief. Good luck with the chemo tomorrow.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 7/25/2011 9:24PM

    My prayers are there for you.

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SUNSPARKER 7/25/2011 8:36PM

  Oh my, what a day you've had! I hope you will "soon" experience some relief from the pain.

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/25/2011 7:05PM

    I hope you get some relief from the pain.

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ELLFIN3 7/25/2011 5:17PM

    I hope the injections help! Enjoy your evening Dear Friend!!!
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