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Gray, gloomy day

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Not much to blog about today.

Not feeling so good today; I'm not sick, just dealing with the usual chemo side effects. The weather has been gray, gloomy, and it's been raining pretty steadily since last night. Just having a "lazy day" today, with no guilt either, sometimes you just have to allow yourself one of those. But I will be ok; the weather will be better tomorrow and I am sure I will be too.

  
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HANOVERLADY 10/21/2011 11:59AM

    What my mom called "sleepy days". Best handled with a cup of tea, a cat, and an good book.

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/21/2011 7:36AM

    Hope it all improves!!! Take care!

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GODDESS181 10/20/2011 11:58PM

    Sending you sunshine!
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SERENEMOM71 10/20/2011 11:36PM

  I hope that you feel better tomorrow and that the weather is better tomorrow, too! emoticon emoticon!!You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, Shari. God Bless and Take Care! emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 10/20/2011 9:20PM

    Here's wishing you a brighter, sunnier tomorrow, Shari...and with the chemo side effects further behind in your rear-view mirror... emoticon

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KERRYG155 10/20/2011 8:50PM

    Sorry you had a bad day. emoticon Hoping tomorrow is lots better!

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ELLFIN3 10/20/2011 8:38PM

    I hope Your weather improves!!! Feel better!!! I hope Your tomorrow will better!!!! Love Ya!!! emoticon Susan

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OUTDOORGIRL69 10/20/2011 7:26PM

    I hope the weather gets better for you. At least it is not 27 in the mornings like here.

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BUNNONE 10/20/2011 6:36PM

    Hope tomorrow is better - health-wise and weather-wise

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TUFFYBIRD 10/20/2011 5:06PM

    It's like that here too emoticon

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Another bone scan today

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It took me a long time to get to sleep last night. Not because of the post chemo heartburn this time; I got that under control before bedtime. It was the pain in my left hip, I took a pain pill for it but it took a long time for it to work. I'm pretty sure I will be hurting in my usual spots for the next couple of days; a strong storm system is moving through, bringing rain and lots of wind. Right now, we have a wind advisory starting at 11pm tonight through 5pm tomorrow.

The bone scan went fine today; the hardest part is fighting off the boredom and laying still for 20-25 minutes. Sure was glad to be back home for the day; it was cold raining when I went for my dye injection, and still raining and starting to get windy when I went back for the scan.

My pain levels are at a tolerable level today, so I took advantage of that and got some laundry done. Not up for a full workout though, so once again I just did some bicep curls while watching tv.

I stopped in the hospital gift shop to look around after the dye injection. I found this cute tote bag, that had been $19, for 50% on a clearance cart. I bought it to use for the stuff I take to chemo with me. The bag I am using now is a little too big, and I have a hard time finding stuff in it quickly. This one is zippered on the top, and has zippered pockets inside and out. I can organize my stuff better, and also keep my Kindle dry if I have to come and go in rainy or snowy weather.

  
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GODDESS181 10/20/2011 11:56PM

    Glad you are doing ok. I have to try and stay out of our hospital gift shop. They have so many cute things and they will gladly take it out of our pay checks! I see your gift shop has great things too. Love your new bag! 50% off makes it extra sweet. Take care.
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BETHGILLIGAN 10/20/2011 8:09AM

    I love the bag!! Great buy, too!! Take care of yourself! Praying for good scan results!!!

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OPALMOON 10/20/2011 4:46AM

    Cute bag! I love paisleys, and what a great bargain. Thinking of you with your pain issues - hope you can get a good night's sleep, Shari. Take care.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 10/19/2011 11:12PM

    Best wishes that you get good news.

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KERRYG155 10/19/2011 9:33PM

    You have such a great attitude about this whole thing-always keeping busy and always looking for the good things. I like the bag and it sounds perfect for your needs. Hope the pain eases so you can sleep well.

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BUNNONE 10/19/2011 9:07PM

    Hope you rest well tonight. Sweet dreams. emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 10/19/2011 7:57PM

    I like the bag. You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you.

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JANEDOE12345 10/19/2011 7:02PM

    Great Bag! You are always going here and there and a tote that you like is an important accessory.

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CIRANDELLA 10/19/2011 5:46PM

    emoticon Good evening, Shari! Wow...what a pretty bag! I love those colors, too - serene blue, pink, tan... I've noticed in watching your purchases over the course of many posts that you seem to have quite a knack for finding good bargains - and at just the right time! Like PUDLECRAZY, I wonder if you have an iPod or other mp3 player to take with you to tests like this bone scan... I've had my iPod for nearly 5 years now, and it's a constant companion (well...not while I'm driving, but only because my car's older and isn't equipped with an iPod player :). Take good care of yourself this evening, and let's hope that wind turns out to be gentler! emoticon

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ELLFIN3 10/19/2011 5:00PM

    The bag is beautiful! I hope You can rest better tonight! Enjoy Your evening!!! Love Ya!! emoticon Susan

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HANOVERLADY 10/19/2011 4:59PM

    Nice-looking bag. I am convinced that one cannot have too many bags!
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JENNA-P 10/19/2011 4:58PM

    That bag looks perfect for what you need :) I love it!

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ANGIEINTRAINING 10/19/2011 4:22PM

    You are such a strong woman! I admire your strength to keep pushing through. Stay strong and focused. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love the new bag!

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LINDAJ0621 10/19/2011 4:00PM

    Nice bag! Sending good vibes to you to keep those pain levels down.
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PUDLECRAZY 10/19/2011 3:55PM

    Very cute bag and a good price on it, too. iPod. I take my iPod for things like bone scans or meditate or take a nap. When do you get the results?



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Tuesday, October 18

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I took a muscle relaxer at bedtime last night, and I didn't have any more leg cramps, so I will keep on with that at least a few more nights. My left calf still hurts from it, I might have torn a little bit of a muscle there. I am sitting with a heating pad wrapped around it now. A few people suggested a soak in the tub, but because of the problems with my hip right now, I am not able to sit down in the tub and get back up again.

At least we are having a brief respite from the wind, but we have rain coming tonight, and tomorrow more rain, and gusty winds again.

Had chemo today then stopped at Rite Aid to pick up a prescription before coming home.

I turned the TV on this afternoon to PBS and did the workout on the Sit and Be Fit show. Even though it was sitting, it really tired out my legs in certain parts, but I think part of that is still feeling sore from the leg cramps.

  
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JENNA-P 10/19/2011 4:57PM

    I hope the muscle relaxers continue to provide you with some relief!!!

Good luck with all of your test results. I think of you often and you are always in my prayers!

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SERENEMOM71 10/19/2011 1:44PM

  I have two friends going through chemo. My heart goes out to you. I have prayed (and am continuing to)for you daily with another prayer warrior. Take Care and God Bless You, my dear! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Love, your sister in Christ,
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OPALMOON 10/19/2011 1:08AM

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CIRANDELLA 10/18/2011 10:55PM

    It's so good that the muscle relaxer has helped to alleviate that leg cramping! I'm sorry to hear you might've actually torn some of the muscle of your left calf (ouch, ouch, ouch!). Good for you, for managing to do that Sit and Be Fit programming! Another good, positive day for you :)

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SHASSYSUE2 10/18/2011 9:37PM

    I have been praying for you everyday lately!!! I have also 2 good friends who are also going through treatments right now, so you all are heavy on my heart... HUGS!! Shannon

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/18/2011 6:46PM

    Glad the cramps have stopped for now. Good for you--getting a workout in!!!

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ELLFIN3 10/18/2011 4:44PM

    I am glad You did not have any more cramps! I have been having cramps in My feet and lower legs some at night-it is no fun! Enjoy Your evening and rest up! You are having a bone scan tomorrow right? emoticon Love Ya!! Susan

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Monday; not a good start this morning

Monday, October 17, 2011

Woke up at 5am with painful cramps in both legs, some of the worst I have ever have. I think they are because of the chemo; I rarely had them before starting chemo. I make sure I drink enough water, and I also take magnesium supplements. Although with the magnesium, sometimes I have to stop it for a few days because I get diarrhea from them. But I also have to wonder if they might have something to do with the new pain I am having in my right hip. I had a hard time getting back to sleep after that; I think subconsciously, I was afraid of the cramps starting again so I could not relax. I have a muscle relaxer I take for my back pain sometimes in the evening, and I think I will take one at bed time tonight to hopefully prevent more cramps.

My legs ached for a long time after I got up today. Having pain in both hips today but so far the pain in the right hip isn't as sharp. It's the third day now of our cold and windy weather, which is not helpful at all for my pain issues.

I went grocery shopping with my mom this morning; since she was driving, I was able to take a pain pill. I used an electric cart, and this time I had a packet of antibacterial wipes in my handbag and I wiped down the surfaces I would have to be touching with my hands, hopefully I won't pick up any more colds this season. I didn't have to buy much this week, but it sure was nice to have my mom there to help me carry everything in when I got home.

Not feeling much better physically today, but emotionally I am doing better; not feeling as sad and depressed as I was yesterday.

I didn't feel like doing a workout today, but I did some bicep curls while watching tv this afternoon.

  
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COOKIE502 10/18/2011 11:26AM

    Hope you have a better day on Tuesday! emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/18/2011 7:19AM

    Hang in there! I hope you feel better today!

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GODDESS181 10/18/2011 1:56AM

    May You and the weather improve soon!
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OUTDOORGIRL69 10/17/2011 8:52PM

    Prayers are coning your way.

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NURSNANA 10/17/2011 7:31PM

    Hey Shari, Sorry you woke up at such an early hour with muscle cramps. I have had them too, and they really hurt. It is great your mom could go with you to the grocery store, and help you get your groceries inside. She sounds like a great mom! I also wipe down the scooter when I do my shopping, and keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in my car to use when I finish shopping. You can pick up a lot of germs inside a store. Everything in the store has been touched by the stock person, and shoppers too. It is already cold and flu season, you are right to be extra cautious. Hope you can get some rest tonight, and that the muscle relaxer prevents any further muscle cramps. ~hugs~ Nancy

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CIRANDELLA 10/17/2011 6:50PM

    My hat's off to you, Shari - you are quite an amazing fighter. You've got so many different problems right there, don't you? There's the magnesium, the chemo-related leg cramps, pain in both of your hips now and that back pain requiring an occasional muscle relaxer. Plus, you're slender, so I wonder if the various meds and supplements might have a stronger effect on you than they would on someone heavier. I ask that because I weigh a little under 120 myself and have noticed that to be the case with me and my meds. You're so wise to take advantage of those wipes when you use the electric carts (another outstanding idea), thus keeping your contact with germs minimal. All this and you STILL managed some bicep curls - emoticon! I've found that a few minutes with my dumb bells seems to give my upper-body muscles a warm, relaxed feeling, not to mention the extra strength. Keep up the good work, and let's hope for some better weather.

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ELLFIN3 10/17/2011 5:09PM

    Sorry about You pain! I know when I get cold (during cold weather) I hurt all over! I am glad You have Your Mom to help You! I do not think after to going to the store and such You needed a work out! Have a better evening!! Love Ya!! emoticon

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BUNNONE 10/17/2011 4:46PM

    Shari - Have you tried a hot bath before bed time? I just bought some lavender scented epsom salts and it is heavenly to have a nice soak and relax for a few minutes. The scent is light and not at all overpowering. I get achy feet and legs and it really does help them relax so I can rest.

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Tough day today

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Woke up with my right hip still hurting; very discouraging! I just had to have a good cry this morning; today was just one of those days that it felt like life was too much to deal with; getting tired of the pain from the cancer and not feeling good from the chemo. Trying to hang in there til I get my bone scan done on Wednesday. I am hoping the report will be ready by Friday; I plan to stop at the medical records office and pick up the written report. Usually I pick up any lab or test reports on Tuesdays before my chemo, but I don't think I want to wait the whole weekend to find out what the bone scan report will say. I really hope something on it will explain the pain I have been having; not the usual pain I always have, but the new pain in my right hip.

I decided to do at least part of my Peggy Cappy yoga DVD; I thought the calming part of it would be good for me. I did 20 minutes of it, and I did the parts that I could do sitting in a chair.

I have been using my cane around the house today too. Normally, I use it when my left hip is hurting, and hold the cane in my right hand. It feels strange to use it for the opposite leg and to hold it in my right hand; it's almost like learning to use it all over again.

Really tired today from having had to take a whole pain pill, and it's still very windy, so I've had a sinus headache again too. Spent much of the afternoon in the recliner. Watched a movie that was on Lifetime, The Secret Life of Bees. Good thing I read the book, as a I dozed off for part of it; at least I wasn't lost when I woke up again, lol!

  
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PUDLECRAZY 10/17/2011 6:23AM

    Sending love.
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AMYBINTN 10/16/2011 11:34PM

    Shari, for having such a rough day, I think you are doing a lot of things right and are a real inspiration. For starters, you are putting one foot in front of the other and progressing to the next step, which is the bone scan and picking up the report. Also, you are not afraid to experience your emotions and share them with us, although you still have your sense of humor. Despite the pain, you are doing what you can to exercise and take care of yourself. I can learn a lot from you. Feel better, Shari--thinking of you and saying a prayer that you will have some relief from the pain.
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ELLFIN3 10/16/2011 8:23PM

    I am so sorry You had such a bad day! A good cry ever now and then is good for You!! I hope tomorrow is better!!! Rest well My Dear Friend!!! Love YA!! emoticon Susan

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TIME4CARRI 10/16/2011 8:23PM

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Some days are just plain hard. I'm sorry you are in so much pain and the anxiety of wondering about tests is awful. I am wishing you a restful rest of today and a beautiful tomorrow emoticon

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CARRAND 10/16/2011 8:10PM

    I feel bad that you're having such pain. I hope someone can help you with it. I still think about your often and send a prayer your way even though I'm not on SP every day anymore.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 10/16/2011 7:51PM

    Sending big emoticon and emoticon you way.

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CIRANDELLA 10/16/2011 7:20PM

    Ahhh... I'm sorry you're having such a difficult time, Shari. You know, once you do get the written report, you can possibly talk to them about any modifications that might be appropriate for treating your pain, particularly that new pain you've noticed in your right hip. I'm sure your doctor will be able to help you out. When the pain medication makes you sleepy, just do as you did while watching that blockbuster emoticon, The Secret Life of Bees, and fall asleep. Eventually, you'll adjust to that whole pain pill and won't get as drowsy, I'll bet. Good for you, for using your cane around the house. I've done that, too, and I got to the point where I was pretty much ambidextrous - used either hand for my cane. That's come in handy when I'm out and about, depending on what's hurting that day. I love the idea of your chair yoga! It's surprising how much we can do in a chair to stay strong and flexible. Have a good sleep tonight, and I hope you're feeling much better tomorrow. emoticon

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NURSNANA 10/16/2011 6:07PM

    Oh Shari, I am so sorry your pain returned in your right hip. Sometimes a good cry helps us to get some of the discouragement, anxiety and the sadness out. I am praying for you Shari, wish I could do more. I hope your sinus headache goes away, and you are able to get a good sleep tonight. We all love you and care about you Shari. ~hugs~ Nancy

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the spirit of my heart: He is mine forever. Psalm 73: 26

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/16/2011 5:48PM

    I am so sorry you're feeling so badly!! Love yourself and rest!! And, yes, cry! emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 10/16/2011 5:18PM

  may god be by your side durning your treatment
I will pray for you

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