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Picked up bone scan report today

Friday, October 21, 2011

I had my friend Rhonda take me to the hospital to pick up my bone scan report today, for moral support, and I am glad that I did. I had a feeling the news would not be good, and even though I thought I was prepared for it, I cried anyway. It was good to have someone with me to talk to and calm me down.

The mets in my spine and right hip have gotten worse, and I have two new mets in my ribs. At this time, won't know until I talk to my oncologist how, or even if, this will change my treatment. But I am still glad to know what the report says, even if it's bad, instead of waiting and wondering and worrying the whole weekend. I am doing ok now, now that I am home and have had some time to process it. (I did not talk to anyone in the medical field about the report, all I did today was go to the medical records desk and requested the written copy of the report.)

I was very anxious this morning while waiting for Rhonda; (she planned on picking me up around 1pm when we talked yesterday.). I tried to keep myself busy this morning so that I wasn't just watching the clock. I did a small load of laundry, a short stability ball workout, changed the sheets on the bed, and vacuumed the living room. I'm glad now that I got those things done early, because after I got home, I just felt tired and drained.

  
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1COUNTRY_GAL 10/24/2011 2:02AM

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FLPALM 10/22/2011 7:34PM

    Keep going Sweetie! I'll be thinking of you!

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KERRYG155 10/22/2011 5:02PM

    Sorry to hear about that report and really glad you had a good friend with you so you weren't all alone.

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HANOVERLADY 10/22/2011 1:46PM

    Friends are the best! I'm glad Rhonda was there for you. Support, hugs, and prayers coming your way.

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KARRYB1 10/22/2011 12:45PM

    We are all sending good vibes and lots of support. All the best to you. emoticon

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OPALMOON 10/22/2011 2:36AM

    Shari, I am sorry to hear this news of the bone scan results. Thank goodness you had Rhonda there with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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ELLFIN3 10/21/2011 11:31PM

    Bless Your heart!!!! You are always in My thoughts and prayers!!! I will feel much better after You talk to a Dr. Hugs!!!! I love Ya!!!! Hang in there!!! emoticon

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NURSNANA 10/21/2011 10:31PM

    So sorry to hear the results of your bone scan Shari. I agree it is good you found out the results, so you don't have to worry about it all weekend. Sending you love and support my friend. You are in my prayers. ~hugs~ Nancy

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CIRANDELLA 10/21/2011 8:49PM

    What a terribly difficult day, Shari... I am sorry you had to get such disappointing, bad news...but I can easily, easily see why you're feeling quite exhausted and drained by it this evening. It is just agonizing, too, to have to wait for the arrival of such news, even though it will help chart the course for your future treatment. You always cope so surprisingly well with this ongoing series of health challenges; I wish you an abundant influx of strength and calm as you become better acquainted with this one. emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 10/21/2011 8:40PM

    I am so sorry to hear your bone scan was not what you were hoping to hear. Take care.

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IVYLASS 10/21/2011 8:18PM

    DAMMIT! Shari, I'm so sorry...this really sucks. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

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TUFFYBIRD 10/21/2011 7:41PM

    I'm sorry to hear that the scan reports weren't all you hoped for. I'll be thinking of you. emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 10/21/2011 7:25PM

    Prayers are there for you. I just wish the results were better.

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PUDLECRAZY 10/21/2011 6:42PM

    I am so glad Rhonda took you to get your results. It is very good to have a friend to talk things over with and just to be there to be supportive. I am so sorry that these were the results. When do you talk to your doctor about them and about treatment options.

Sending love and prayers.

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/21/2011 5:44PM

    So sorry the results were not what you had hoped for. Take care of yourself. Stay positive!!! emoticon

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THREADS3 10/21/2011 4:49PM

    I will ask Deb if she can send you some Reiki this evening. It just might help! :)

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ISLANDRITER 10/21/2011 4:09PM

    Shari, I just happened to read your blog today. Thank you for sharing your results. I so hope you receive encouragement from your friends here and family. You are always an encouragement to me, no matter what is going on. I will keep you my prayers. Hoping you feel the hugs from this end of the country, Mary

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GODDESS181 10/21/2011 3:27PM

    So sorry for the less then great results. When do you see your physician? A day like this calls for a treat. Make it a good one.
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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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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
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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.

I am praying for your relief.
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