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Saturday 1/7/12

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Still fighting the fatigue today, but it's not as bad as yesterday. Stomach is still feeling a little queasy.

I was able to do a Tai Chi workout this morning, and did some laundry.

Not as warm as yesterday, but the weather is still warmer than normal, even though the wind today makes it feel chilly. Not much sun today, and we've had a little bit of light snow.

  
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OPALMOON 1/7/2012 11:47PM

    Great going getting the tai chi session done today Shari!

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CARRAND 1/7/2012 7:38PM

    Congrats on getting the Tai Chi done! You are pretty amazing.

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ELLFIN3 1/7/2012 7:23PM

    Glad You are feeling somewhat better!!! It has been colder here today!! I hope tomorrow You feel even better!!! Love Ya!!! ((((((HUGS))))))

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NURSNANA 1/7/2012 6:31PM

    Hey Shari, Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better today. Hope you are not feeling queasy now. I am praying for you my friend. Hope you feel well enough to go to church in the morning.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 1/7/2012 3:19PM

    Glad you are a little better I will be praying for you.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/7/2012 3:01PM

    Glad you're doing a little better today.
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Friday, Jan 6

Friday, January 06, 2012

Started feeling nauseous from the chemo last night, and also had a migraine started by the time I went to bed, so I took my nausea and headache meds before turning in for the night.

Felt better for a few hours this morning, even though I was still very tired. Got a little bit of clutter picked up and put away, and even did a short stability ball workout, but the nausea started coming back around noon. I even laid down for a short nap, something I rarely do. I didn't fall asleep, but it gave me enough of a 2nd wind to go out for the mail and get my garbage outside for pick up tomorrow.

At least it is nice outside; unseasonably warm, 52F right now in Big Rapids, MI.

  
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OPALMOON 1/7/2012 5:38AM

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/6/2012 10:51PM

    When we are kids how many times are we told that even if we're not tired we should at least lay down and rest. Sometimes the body just wants to be still and rest for a little bit, even if our brain doesn't go to sleep. Glad you listened to your body and let it rest for a little bit.

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BUNNONE 1/6/2012 9:15PM

    Hope you have a good night's rest and feel up to enjoying some outdoor time tomorrow

Here in southeast Texas we're also experiencing a warming trend.
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NURSNANA 1/6/2012 7:24PM

    Hey Shari, Thanks for your comment on my Spark page. :) Sorry to hear you have had nausea and a Migraine to deal with last night and today. Glad your short nap gave you a 2nd wind to pick up your mail and get your garbage out. Sometimes I have to take a short nap too, even if I don't sleep I get up feeling a bit better. Hope you feel better tomorrow.

Sweet Dreams My Friend,
Nancy

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CELLOPLAYER1 1/6/2012 6:56PM

    We're having the mild winter weather in Wisconsin also.



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ELLFIN3 1/6/2012 4:53PM

    Sorry You were not feeling well today! But My Goodness You still got a lot done! WooHoo for You! This weather is very crazy! It is 69 right now in central Oklahoma! Have a good evening! Love Ya!!! emoticon

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ANNIEAPP1 1/6/2012 3:21PM

    God bless you that you're able to get up and about and exercise! I'm impressed and admire your spirit.

I hope you're feeling better as the day goes by and that you have a wonderful weekend.

You're terrific!


Annie

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.S. I live in Arkansas - and it's 71 degrees this afternoon. Hard to believe, but true. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HANOVERLADY 1/6/2012 2:55PM

    Wolverines! I'd forgotten that you live in Michigan, Shari. Did you see the Sugar Bowl (?) the other night - Wolverines won! Good game.

Yes, don't you love the special treats we get in the form of an unexpected blast of warm weather in the winter?

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WENDYSPARKS 1/6/2012 2:38PM

    Praying for you to feel better soon....it is mild here in Connecticut also at 50 degrees. Feels nice outside.

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Plans fell through again today

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I had plans to get out and check out the sales at Fashion Bug and JCPenney this morning; I thought I was feeling ok, was almost ready to go, then I started feeling the chemo side effects. Started feeling kind of crampy, so I thought I'd better play it safe and stay home, and near the bathroom. So I changed out of the clothes I was going to wear into town and put on a sweatshirt and a pair of fuzzy pj pants instead. I was bummed about the change in plans, but truthfully, I am still pretty fatigued and as much as I would like to go look at some new clothes and shoes, I don't think I would have had the energy to try anything on.

I haven't had much energy to do anything today, so my decision to stay home today was a wise one. I'm hoping one day soon to have a good day where I can get out and go somewhere other than just for groceries, the drugstore, or a medical appointment. I am looking forward to going to church Sunday; I missed it last week because I was just too worn out to even get ready to go.

Even though I know the fatigue is normal with all I've been through, and still going through, it gets frustrating. People tell me to "rest and take it easy", but that gets old after awhile. It's not fun, or relaxing, to feel so tired all the time. I've been in a pissy mood today because of it. But I am thankful that the radiation part is over and at least I CAN stay home now when I don't have the energy to go out.

Looking forward to new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice tonight, then I will go to bed. I won't make any plans for tomorrow, I will just see how I feel when I get up and see where the day takes me.

  
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OPALMOON 1/6/2012 6:26AM

    HI Shari, I empathise with your frustration and ongoing tiredness. I struggle with that as well, along with intense ongoing pain, and I have recently read that fatigue is another part of the fibromyalgia jigsaw puzzle. I also would love to have more days out for something other than those same 3 things! I hope you feel better tomorrow!

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PIMPINELLAN50 1/5/2012 11:01PM

    It's no wonder that you are feeling frustrated Shari.. hoping
that your fatigue will ease up soon, so that you can get out of the house,for some "fun shopping".



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PMCFARM 1/5/2012 11:00PM

  Shari... lots of hugs and a huge THANK YOU for todays blog and especially for describing the side effects we enconter for whatever quality of life we are given! If one more person tells me how blessed I am (and yes I am blessed)...just don't remind me when my feet are screaming, I'm so fatigued I can't function past 2-3 on a scale of 10 and whimpy-weepy-whiney-dumpy-frumpy-gr
umpy-bitchy & witchy(all my little mental gremlins)are "acting out"...or I will share!

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KERRYG155 1/5/2012 8:40PM

    I agree that staying at home because you want to is good but really frustrating when you have to.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/5/2012 6:49PM

    I know how you feel. It just isn't fun to stay at home and 'rest'. Though having to push through it all to do things your body doesn't want you to do isn't fun either.

Keep going with the moderation. Hope tomorrow is a little better and you can try going out for a bit.

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NURSNANA 1/5/2012 5:23PM

    Hey Shari, I would be frustrated and in a bad mood too, if I felt as fatigued as you are feeling. I apologize for saying take it easy or get some rest. It would get old after a while. I am sure it would not be any fun or relaxing to feel so very tired. Maybe it is my mothering/nursing instinct to say something like that, I know I say that to my grown daughter too. I am sorry you are going through so much, wish I lived closer and could help you out my friend.

I am looking forward to Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice coming on tonight too!! :)

~hugs~
Nancy

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 1/5/2012 5:15PM

  It sucks when you are too tired to kick back and relax. People who have never experienced it don't really know that kind of tired but I'm sure they are trying to be helpful.

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ELLFIN3 1/5/2012 4:53PM

    I am sure You are going stir crazy!! Maybe now that the radiation is over You will have more energy! Have You tried anymore with Your Knook project? I had and email from Herrschners that mine have shipped! Enjoy Your shows this evening!!! Love Y'all!!!!!

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Feeling a little better for now

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I took my sleeping pill at 10pm last night, but it took about an hour before it kicked in. While I was waiting, I did my reading. Reading a good book now that is hard to put down; On Gold Mountain by Lisa See. It's the history of her family after her great grandfather came to America from China; it's non fiction but reads like a novel. She is one of my favorite authors.

It was very cold when I got up at 6:30am this morning, only 14F, though now it is up to 32F.

My appointment with the internist went fine, except for the long wait. My appointment was at 8:30am but I didn't see the doctor til 9:45am. Thankfully I had my Kindle with me, got my book half done now. I was feeling pretty good for a change, despite the fact that I just had chemo yesterday. I had thought about stopping at Fashion Bug and JCPenney to check out the sales, but decided it was just too cold, and I'd just end up aggravating my pain issues. As it was, I had to take a pain pill when I got home because all the spots that hurt when it's cold out were starting to ache. I might try to go tomorrow; it will warmer, it's suppose to get up to 38F.

I did a short stability workout today, my first workout of the New Year.

Tired now, but dealing with it ok. After I went out for the mail, I put on a pair of flannel pjs. Just going to relax the rest of the day.

  
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OPALMOON 1/5/2012 6:24AM

    Glad it was an okay day for you Shari. Keep warm!

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CELLOPLAYER1 1/4/2012 8:27PM

    Shari, It sounds like you had a pretty good Day. Take care!

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NURSNANA 1/4/2012 8:08PM

    Hey Shari, Sounds like your day went well. Hope you can go shopping tomorrow. Your book sounds interesting, I read a review online. I ordered a set of Knifty Knitter looms today, can't wait to get them! The set included several kinds of looms, and the one for making the flower.
Your PJ's sound nice and warm!

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KERRYG155 1/4/2012 7:14PM

    Sounds like the best thing to do on a cold day!

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ELLFIN3 1/4/2012 7:10PM

    Flannel PJs and resting sounds good to Me!!! I Hope can go shopping for awhile tomorrow! Enjoy!!! Love Ya!! emoticon

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HANOVERLADY 1/4/2012 4:55PM

    I want flannel pjs, too! They sound so warm and comfy. Glad you are chilling out.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/4/2012 2:45PM

    Sometimes it's smarter to play it safe, especially when you know what triggers your pain/problems. I've been playing it safe too.

I wish I had the chance/time/energy to read as much as you do. I have several great books (including a 21 book series that I only got to book 13 before I had to stop) just sitting in my house waiting to be read. Have you always been a big reader, or was it something you picked up (and appreciated more) as you got older?

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Back on chemo today

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Long day at the clinic today. First I had to see my oncologist, that went fine. Then I had my blood drawn and my 2 hour Aredia infusion was started, then I had my nausea meds and lastly, my chemo. Next week it will go quicker since the Aredia is only once per month.

Doing ok so far, but the "not feeling good" usually doesn't start until I am home for a few hours. Right now I am mostly tired from the nausea meds and from sitting for so long.

I will need to go to bed early tonight since I have a followup appointment from when I was in the hospital with my internist at 8:30am tomorrow.

  
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PMCFARM 1/4/2012 9:16PM

  Shari, I'm still holding you up in prayer that your treatments will adjust soon and the side effects will lessen somewhat. You are such awesome example!

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OPALMOON 1/4/2012 6:53AM

    Hope you get some good sleep and feel okay for tomorrow, Shari - take care!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/3/2012 8:50PM

    Long day, but I'm sure that means you're extra glad to be home. Hope you can sleep well tonight.

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ELLFIN3 1/3/2012 7:48PM

    I am glad all went well today! I hope You get a good nights rest! Love Ya!!! emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 1/3/2012 7:36PM

    Take Care!

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NURSNANA 1/3/2012 5:51PM

    Hey Shari, Glad everything went okay today at the clinic. I hope you don't get sick tonight. That is an early appointment tomorrow, hope you sleep well my friend.
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LINOVER 1/3/2012 4:35PM

    I too will be thinking of you and hoping all your test results will be good!

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LAC936 1/3/2012 3:46PM

    I don't know first hand what you're going through, but I have a friend that has gone through 12 rounds of chemo (today being her last). They will be able to operate after the next test. I pray for complete healing for you.
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BETHGILLIGAN 1/3/2012 3:44PM

    Thinking of you!

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