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.
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.
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 70°F 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.
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!
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