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Baby hat picture

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I have 4 of the infant hats made so far, the ones I am donating to the hospital. They are fun to make! I made these on a small round knitting loom but I have a couple of crochet patterns I want to try too.



I have a 5th one almost done that I started while watching Gone With the Wind on AMC this morning. Having to take it easy again today; didn't get much sleep last night because of some digestive issues from the chemo side effects, and the sciatica pain is flaring up. I've learned not to push myself too hard when I am feeling sore and tired; I don't want to end up not feeling like going to church in the morning.

I did a short portion of my Peggy Cappy yoga DVD, but my shoulders tired out quickly today; I think that is a result of the bone met in my spine, the one I will am getting radiation on.

  
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PMCFARM 11/27/2011 8:18PM

  Your hats are so sweet... they bring back such memories of when I worked L&D and our babies all had to be capped (to conserve body heat) and one lady only made hats for our premmies using a doll pattern...they were so beautiful and so special to the parents! Sheri, you are such a special lady. emoticon emoticon

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OPALMOON 11/27/2011 4:30PM

    The hats are so sweet Shari! Hope you feel better very soon.

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SNUZSUZ 11/27/2011 4:43AM

    Oh, I love those cut e little hats! what a great thing to do and great way to pass the time!

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CMRAND54 11/26/2011 9:31PM

    I love the baby hats. How sweet of you to make them and donate them!

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KERRYG155 11/26/2011 9:22PM

    Love the hats! Hopefully you feel well enough to make it to church. We will be packing up our car and heading back home tomorrow so we won't make it to church.

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POLARBEARSCAT 11/26/2011 9:07PM

    What lucky babies to get your cute hats! I know it will bless their mamas, too!

Happy Sunday!


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ELLFIN3 11/26/2011 7:17PM

    I love the hats!!!! Have a restful eveing Dear Friend!! Love Ya!!! emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/26/2011 7:08PM

    Those hats are adorable!!! You rest and take care of yourself!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/26/2011 7:05PM

    I just love the baby hats. They are so cute.

Prayers are there for you.

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SHERRIE_BERRY 11/26/2011 6:16PM

    Very cute and a wonderful idea! Hope you feel better soon!

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SPARKLEPLUM 11/26/2011 5:55PM

    Your hats are adorable and will be appreciated! :)

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NURSNANA 11/26/2011 5:23PM

    Oh Shari! The baby hats are so adorable! I know they will be warm and cozy for the babies, and very appreciated by the parents! Thanks so much for posting a picture! :)

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TUFFYBIRD 11/26/2011 5:14PM

    Really cute ... I love that fuzzy yarn that you used for one; it is very warm.

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PUDLECRAZY 11/26/2011 4:37PM

    Those little hats are darling!

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CSDAYS 11/26/2011 2:45PM

    Cute, useful, and they will be cherished, I know.

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FITANDFIFTY2 11/26/2011 2:28PM

    Oh they are soooo adorable!! You are very talented! I sure hope you feel better soon! My husband is in chronic pain with his spine and my heart goes out to anyone suffering .. Take care! emoticon

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A lazy Friday for me

Friday, November 25, 2011

Feeling kind of lazy today; I think maybe my blood counts might be getting lower from the chemo. I also had to take a pain pill this morning and it seemed to make me a little more light headed than usual today.

I did a little shopping online this morning and now my Christmas shopping is done. I didn't do a lot of this year anyway, my hearts just not in it this year without my dad. I kept my list and my budget small this year. We'll still celebrate Christmas but it will be more low key this year.

I did find something for myself as well; I used a code for 40% off and free shipping from American Eagle online, and used a free American Eagle gift worth $25 from e-Rewards (which I do surveys for) and got a $49.50 sweater for only $6.48.

I did just short workout on the stability ball earlier today, just some bicep curls while sitting on it and some seated leg extensions.

I had a relaxing evening last night; worked on my infant hats, and some crocheted top hanging towels for gifts while watching a couple of Jeff Dunham specials on the Comedy Channel. Looking forward to doing some more crocheting tonight.

  
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OPALMOON 11/26/2011 3:00AM

    Sounds like you did a fair bit today Shari! Great job getting all your Christmas shopping organised.

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PMCFARM 11/25/2011 9:46PM

  Shari... I just cannot imagine how you define "lazy" with as much as you get accomplished ! emoticon

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KERRYG155 11/25/2011 9:07PM

    It may have been a lazy day but it sounds like you accomplished quite a bit. Great deal on that sweater!

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ELLFIN3 11/25/2011 7:16PM

    I watched what You did on TV last night-I wish I had also done crocheting, but did not! I also wish I hd at least part of My shopping done, I have a few things. I hope You have a great eveing!! Love Ya!! emoticon

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CMRAND54 11/25/2011 7:15PM

    Good for you for getting your shopping done already. I haven't even started.

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CELLOPLAYER1 11/25/2011 6:43PM

    It most be nice to have your shopping completed. I am still sewing away!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/25/2011 6:21PM

    I'm glad your shopping is done and you won't have to think about it. Plus great job on that deal!

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KEL_BEL_FX3 11/25/2011 2:44PM

    Sounds like you're really listening to your body. Have a good day and enjoy crocheting, I really need to get mine out.

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Tired but happy with what I got done today

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I saw my radiation oncologist after my treatment yesterday; I will have a total of 3 weeks radiation on the hip (3 treatments done so far) and 2 weeks on the spine. The spine will be done at the same time as the hip, so I will be all done with radiation before Christmas.

We had a nice Thanksgiving dinner with our friends last night.

Haven't had any nausea since Tuesday night, but I've had a bit of a crampy stomach. I was able to get out though and do a little shopping this morning while the stores were not busy. Stopped at Big Lots first; I found a couple of toys there that I am bringing to our women's dinner at church on Friday; they are asking each person attending to bring a toy for a boy and a girl for the Manna Pantry. Then I went to Walmart for a few things. Got some more yarn to make baby hats for the hospital. I made one last night on one of my small knitting looms and it turned out really cute; I will post a picture when I get a few more done. I am going to make some red and white ones for Christmas babies too. I was glad I felt good enough to get out today, but I was ready for a pain pill by the time I got home.

I tried out my new David Stamps Chair Boxing dvd workout; I only did 11 minutes of it. It was fun but takes a lot of energy. It is pretty easy to follow though; a good workout for the upper body if it's not a good day with my hip and knee pain issues.

I'll be staying home the next couple of days, catching up on some housecleaning, and working on hats and a few Christmas gifts. Tomorrow I have friends coming over to rake the yard one last time before it snows, and to get the Sta-bil put into the lawn mower to store it for the winter.








  
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OPALMOON 11/25/2011 8:19AM

    Hi Shari,

So glad you enjoyed your get-together yesterday. You did well to get so much done today! Have a restful evening.

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PUDLECRAZY 11/24/2011 8:18PM

    Sounds like a good day.

I am glad your radiation will be done by Christmas. A few short weeks and you will be done with it.

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ELLFIN3 11/24/2011 7:38PM

    Sounds like a god day! I look forward to seeing the baby hats!! Take it easy and rest over the weekend!! Love Ya!!
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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/24/2011 4:02PM

    It's great you were able to get so much done. I'm looking forward to seeing how the baby hats turn out. Surely they will be totally adorable!

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Going to a friends for an early Thanksgiving

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.



  
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OPALMOON 11/24/2011 9:46AM

    So sorry to hear you felt unwell yesterday, Shari. I hope you and your Mom and sister were able to enjoy the company of your friends. Take care - you had a big day yesterday, plus with the radiation it is no wonder you are feeling tired and sore. Have a good rest tonight!

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AMYBINTN 11/24/2011 8:33AM

    I'm sorry you've been feeling so bad! I think zofran comes in a tablet that disolves on your tongue because my nurse practitioner gave me a prescription for it due to my migraines. But my insurance wouldn't cover it for me because I think it is intended for chemo patients. Maybe you could get some to take at home to give you some relief. Hope you're feeling better soon!
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ELLFIN3 11/23/2011 10:09PM

    I hope You were able to enjoy the evening! Rest up over the weekend! Love Ya!! emoticon emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/23/2011 8:30PM

    Hope you had fun with good company.

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CELLOPLAYER1 11/23/2011 5:48PM

    I hope you enjoy your time with friends and family. We will be going to friends tomorrow.

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NURSNANA 11/23/2011 2:15PM

    Hey Shari, So sorry you were sick last night. Hope you can get a medication that will work better for you next time. I am so thankful you, your mom and sister will be going to Thanksgiving dinner at your friends home today! Have a wonderful time!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Nancy

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/23/2011 12:17PM

    Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Hope you feel better as the day goes on and have a good time with your friends and family.

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HANOVERLADY 11/23/2011 11:47AM

    What a cute kitty photo! Enjoy your day today with your mom and your friend.

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3 appointments today, but things went smoothly

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!

  
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HANOVERLADY 11/23/2011 11:45AM

    Glad you had help from your mom and Von. And also glad you had your Kindle - isn't it awful if you end up with nothing to read? ACK! Have a great Thanksgiving - glad you'll have a few days off from treatment.

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OPALMOON 11/23/2011 2:01AM

    Wow Shari, what a full on day! Glad you made it through...I hope you can sleep well tonight and be pain free.

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REDSHOES2011 11/22/2011 11:44PM

    Hang in there! Rest is a good thing! emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/22/2011 10:01PM

    You were really busy today. Get some rest my friend

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KERRYG155 11/22/2011 8:24PM

    rough day but glad it went smoothly and you got to go home after the chemo and it's nice that you found a place that needs your hats.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/22/2011 7:00PM

    I like the idea of you doing hats for babies. I want to share a story that was aired on my local news a few months back to give you an idea of how adorable the hats you make will be on the babies who get them:

http://minnesota.cbslo
cal.com/2011/09/13/knitting-gra
ndmas-warm-welcome-to-newborns/


Doing less personalizations would allow you to do more hats of course. After seeing the beautiful job you've done with the chemo hats, I can't wait to see the baby hats you make.

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MOM2NATURE 11/22/2011 5:59PM

    You are a strong person to tolerate all that you have to deal with. I admire you! Especially for the fact that you are willing to work through your pain and make hats for babies!
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Enjoy your long weekend...Dr. free...I'll keep you in my prayers!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/22/2011 5:50PM

    Wow! You had a busy, busy day! No wonder you are tired!! Get a good night's rest!!!

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NURSNANA 11/22/2011 5:12PM

    Hey Shari, You had a lot to do today! So glad you could get home sooner than expected. Hope all four of your shots work well to keep you more comfortable. And, I am glad to hear you have a stronger pain pill to take when the other one doesn't relieve your pain. Pain control is so important. I have to get injections in my joints without sedation, it hurts, but worth it if it calms down my pain. Aww, baby hats will be fun to make!! You are so sweet and a very special lady to make so many chemo hats for the patients that need them. What a wonderful ministry you have Shari! I admire how you reach out and help others by making hats, and all the beautiful kitchen towels! Hope you can sleep well tonight, ~hugs~ Nancy

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ELLFIN3 11/22/2011 5:00PM

    I am glad all went well today! I hope the shots will help with the pain! emoticon on making the baby hats! That is fantastic!!!! Love Ya!! emoticon

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 11/22/2011 4:42PM

  Yeah for babies!

Your day sounds exhausting. Glad you get the long weekend.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your mom and sister ... And whoever else you invite!

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