Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I had a bad time with the nausea last night, I didn't throw up, but I wish I could have, I think it would have made me feel better. I had the dry heaves instead. Before I went to bed, I sat watching tv with a bucket in my lap just in case. I took my Compezine, but that stuff works better at preventing nausea than stopping it. They do give me Zofran through the IV before my chemo; next time I will ask about how long that wears off and when I can take my Compezine after I get home, to hopefully prevent that. I'm going to dig out my insurance book too, and see what other nausea meds are covered in my plan, and maybe ask my doctor if something else would work better.
Today my tummy is feeling better, but both my legs are a little sore; I think mostly from my injections yesterday.
After I posted my blog yesterday, my friend Von called. She is having her family Thanksgiving this afternoon at 4pm. She knew that my mom and I did not make any plans this year, with both us not feeling good from health issues, and also not having the heart for it with this being the first one without my dad; so she and her husband were talking and they decided they wanted us to join them, so we will be going over there after my radiation treatment today, (The reason I am blogging early today, will probably be not be back home until around 6pm today.) I won't be able to eat much, but that is ok; the company is more important than the meal. And I am glad my mom and sister will be able to enjoy a good meal.
I did part of my Peggy Cappy yoga DVD today; I was tired so I stuck with something slow and gentle today. Could only do about 10 minutes of the upper body part though, my shoulders and arms tired out quickly today. I slept in a little this morning but still feeling kind of fatigue, so I will take it easy the rest of today so I can get through radiation and dinner.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Even with 3 appointments, things went pretty smoothly today.
First was the pain clinic; I got 4 injections today, for the shoulder pain, pain in both hips, and one in the back. I had sedation with them so they did not hurt much. While I was getting them done, my mom called the clinic where I get the chemo, (because I had forgotten to call them before I left for the pain clinic) to tell them I'd be late for my chemo because of my radiation appointment, but they told me go ahead and come when I was done at the pain clinic, because that way, I could go right home after radiation and it wouldn't be such a long day for me. I got a refill for my pain pill, and 2nd prescription for a pain pill that is a bit stronger if the the one I am usually using isn't working.
When I had my chemo, I told my nurse about the nausea I had on Friday; she suggested taking my nausea meds Thursday night at bedtime, and maybe that would prevent me from waking up in the morning feeling sick. I have next week off from chemo. Since I wasn't expecting to go to chemo right after the pain clinic, I didn't have my "chemo bag" with me which had my water and snacks and all that stuff in it, (but I did have my Kindle with me!); so after I had my blood drawn today, my mom went over to the hospital, which is just a few yards away from the clinic, and got us both lunch from the cafeteria.
I was back home about half an hour, and my friend Von picked me up for me radiation. Tomorrow, I have to see the doctor there after my treatment, but after that, my "doctor day" will be on Tuesdays.
I am really glad I was able to get the chemo done before the radiation today; otherwise, I'd probably just be leaving the clinic now. I was extra tired today from the sedatives I had at the pain clinic, so I am grateful to have had the shorter day. After tomorrow, I don't go back for radiation until Monday, since they will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.
The cancer center is pretty well stocked up on hats now, so I asked one of my friends that works at the hospital if they can use infant hats, and she said yes; in fact, they really need some now as the lady that use to make the hats stopped doing it. So she is going to bring me a hat for a sample so that I can see exactly what size they want the, and I will find some patterns I can crochet or make on my knitting loom and make some baby hats.I think this project is going to be fun!
Monday, November 21, 2011
I made my usual Monday morning trip to Meijer for groceries. The store was busy, I think a lot of people are getting ready for their Thanksgiving day dinners, but still, it wasn't bad shopping in there today, even sitting in the electric cart. I stopped in the yarn aisle when I noticed some signs on some of it that there was a price reduction, so even though I hadn't planned on shopping for yarn today, I took a look. The lady working in that aisle was so nice; she asked what I was making and I told her about my chemo hats. We also talked about people we knew with cancer, and she called me a hero! ( I don't think of myself that way but it was nice to hear.)
That is one of the few things I miss about my old job at Walmart, just taking the time to talk with customers, without trying to "sell" them something. A lot of them were elderly people who were lonely and didn't get out of the house much, that were just glad to have a friendly conversation with someone. There were also a few customers who I did not know outside of the store, but they always looked for me when they came in to shop, just to see how I was doing; I miss seeing them. But I do not miss dealing with the crowds when the store was busy or the rude and demanding customers.
Usually when I am in my electric cart, I feel that a lot of the time people either act like I am invisible, or annoyed because I am "in the way"; today I had people actually apologizing to ME for being in my way; they actually were not, but it was still nice to have people be friendly. It just goes to show that a smile or a kind word can go a long way to brighten up someones day. And after I checked out, I was parking the cart back in it's spot, and planned on getting a regular shopping cart like I normally do to take my things to the car, (the electric carts cannot be taken outside), but the lady that was doing the door greeting offered to get a cart for me, and she helped me load the shopping cart.
My radiation appointment was at 3:12pm today, (the reason for the odd time is because they schedule appointments for treatments 12 minutes apart), and my friend Von took me today, so that I could take a pain pill after I got home from shopping. My mom had an appointment today at the pain clinic, so she wasn't able to drive today. The radiation center is about a 15 minute trip from my house and most of it is on the freeway. The rest of my appointments will be at 2:12pm Monday through Friday. Tomorrow, I have an appointment at the pain clinic in the morning, my mom will take me to that, (always have to have a driver for those appointments, because if I need an injection, they give sedation with those.) Von already told me that she will pick me up again tomorrow for radiation, which is great because it will give my mom a break. I have chemo as soon as I get back to town after the rads, so Von will drop me off at the clinic and another friend will pick me up and take me back home when I am done. I feel like I am part of a "tag team" lol, but I'm glad everything is in place to get me to the places I need to be tomorrow.
Whew! I am already tired out for the day and it's not even 5pm yet. I will glad to have the 4 day break from all the medical stuff over Thanksgiving.
Since I will probably be nauseous again after my chemo, and will have to be eating bland foods the rest of the week, I am going make a little something special for my dinner tonight; will be making a single serving size pizza using a Boboli crust.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I went to church with my mom this morning, it was a nice service. My shoulder was really hurting but most of the time I was able to keep my mind off from it. I needed another pain pill though as soon as I got home. Also got into my pjs after getting home; it's very cold out today and I just wanted to be comfortable.
I tried out my Jodi Stolove Chair Dancing DVD, it was fun, (and it gets your heart rate up!) but I was only able to do 28 minutes of it. My hips were getting sore so I had to cut the workout short.
I was surprised to get a call this afternoon from the radiation center; they want me to start tomorrow afternoon, but that is a good thing; the sooner I start, the sooner it will be done. It will still give me plenty of time to get my grocery shopping done in the morning too without being in a rush.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Not a good day yesterday, had issues with nausea. I'm not sure if was from the chemo, (which I had on Tuesday) or something else. I was queasy on the ride to the hospital and back for my CT scan, a 15 minute trip each way. I had taken my Compezine, but it really didn't kick in and start working til after I was back home, then it made it sleepy; I pretty much slept the day away yesterday and went to bed early last night.
Still feeling sluggish today; I think it's because I ended up getting TOO much sleep. I have gone to bed very, very early the past two nights, so I am awake long before I need to be in the morning. I really need to get my sleep schedule back on track. Still feeling a little nauseated too; not severe enough to have to take the Compezine, but enough that I have to stick to a very bland diet for now.
Feeling irritable and "out of sorts" today too. This morning, I intended to put some Sta-bil in the lawn mower before storing it away for the winter, but I could not get the gas cap on the mower to open, it just would not budge, not even with pliers. (I have a friend coming over Monday to do it for me though.) Then as I shoved the mower back into the shed with frustration, the roof rake fell over and the handle hit me on the head; I now I have a small "goose egg" on my forehead from it. (Good thing I have bangs, it looks like it's going to bruise too.) And with all the stores having their holiday ads on tv, it's making me feel blue, with this being the first Christmas without my dad. It's not going to be easy getting through the holidays this year, especially having to start a new chemo regimen and go through radiation too.
I watched part of my Jodi Stolove chair exercise dvd last night; it looks like it will be fun, and it's pretty fast paced too. I don't have the energy to try it out today, but I did some bicep curls and some seated leg extensions on my stability ball today. If I can get some good sleep tonight, I am hoping to try out the DVD tomorrow after I am home from church. (Hoping to make it to church anyway, I missed it last week because of my pain issues.)
Catching up on the laundry with what is left of my afternoon. I am really hoping tomorrow my tummy and my outlook will be better.
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