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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I have that song from the Moody Blues stuck in my head for some reason, but it's a good song!

I did get some good sleep Sunday night, though I had to take my Ambien. If I hadn't, I would have been thinking about my problems all night. I felt pretty good working my 2-10 shift on Monday; I don't know if I was in a better mood than usual because of having the extra day off, or knowing I was getting out an hour earlier than usual, and knowing I had the next two days off.

The new schedule is always posted on Mondays, and for August 23-29, I only have one shift that is 3-11, a 1-10, two 12-9's and a 10-6. I was pleased that the 10-6 shift is on Monday, that is the day I usually get my groceries after work, so it is nice that I can that done earlier in the evening for a change. We also have s0me changes at work with the inventory, affecting how we do the stocking. It is suppose to start today. If it works, I think it will be a good thing; it will make all our jobs easier and more efficient.

I tried a new recipe Sunday night for some KFC Popcorn Chicken; they are baked, not fried. The recipe was for one serving, which is 25 pieces, and you cut the boneless chicken into small bite sized pieces. You coat them with seasoning, dip them in an egg white and water mixture, coat them with breadcrumbs (I used panko), then dip them a second time in the egg white mixture and again in the crumbs and bake them. They were good, but it was quite tedious dipping them all one at a time, and then having to turn the little things over halfway through the baking time. I think next time, I will try them using chicken tenders, and just baking them longer. I think they would be even better that way, and you wouldn't need to use as much of the breadcrumbs. I did like the way the panko crumbs stayed nice and crisp in the oven though.

Slept good again last night, without having to use the Ambien. Still didn't get 8 hours, but I'm sure I got at least 7.

It's still cooler than normal out, only in the 70's when I went out and mowed the lawn. The pollen count was high so I had to use my dust mask. I hate wearing those things, but it's better than getting sick from my allergies. Even though it was cooler out, I still worked up a sweat. I think I was a little dehydrated too; felt a little shaky when I came back into the house. I drank some water and had my lunch and I am feeling ok now.

I haven't decided yet if I want to go for a walk outside later this evening, or do a workout DVD. I'll check one of the weather sites later and see what the wind and the temp will be and decide from there.

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PATRICIA441 8/13/2008 10:33AM

  Sounds like you are doing well which is great. I am glad you are getting some good sleep at night too. So important for our well being. If I don't get enough sleep I get crazy with my food and don't want to exercise. Not a good combination! Keep on keeping upbeat and positive. It is all about attitude!! Hugs. Pat

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Kind of blue Sunday

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It's a long story, so I won't post it here, but I have a friend mad at me, and I really don't understand it. It basically is a situation where you can't please everybody. I'm letting it upset me more than I should. I didn't give it much thought as I was working my 2-11 shift at work yesterday, but when I got home, I was feeling quite sad about it. I'm sure a lot of it was just being tired from work. But anyway, I ended up having a good cry over it, and lost some sleep over it too.

I am off today, a rare Sunday off, so I could have slept in today, but I woke up earlier than I needed too and couldn't sleep because by then my acid reflux was kicking in and I had to get up and eat something. I never really feel that great after a night without enough sleep. I did talk to another friend that knows this person, and that made me feel better, she reminded me that it is not my fault. So I am going to try to put it behind me. I will just leave her alone and give her her space right now. I don't want to do anything to start a feud, nor do I wish her any ill will. I will leave in God's hands as to whether we remain friends or not. I'm not going to spend any more time beating myself up over what I could have done differently.

I would love to get out for a walk today, it is almost fall-like outside, only in the low 70's; but the ragweed is out, and it is windy, and I'm already "sniffly" from my allergies. I didn't really feel like doing a regular workout either, but I made myself do my Leslie Sansone 15 minute Power Mile. I still need to do some light housework and change the bedsheets, so I'll at least get some activity into my day.

Tomorrow I work a 2-10 shift, then have my two regular days off. On those two days at least I will try to get 30 minute walks or workouts in.

To end this on a happier note, I am still getting compliments on my new hair cut. It's really made me feel better about myself and given me a boost to my self confidence. I find myself "walking taller" now!

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SAMIKITTY 8/10/2008 6:19PM

    I hate when you have a day off and you just feel like junk... I like to enjoy my days off, with good health! :) Oh well, can't win 'em all.

I am on Prilosec every other day for my reflux. I'm looking to try and drop down to every three days. I've done it before and it worked fine but it's easy to lapse and forget every three days instead of two.

And YAY for haircuts!! That's one of my favorite things to do for myself when I'm in a funk. Helps a ton!

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MDTWEETY 8/10/2008 5:01PM

    I hope you get things sorted out with your friend. It's always sad when a friendship falls apart, but sometimes it's for the best too. I of course don't know about the situation, but I just hope you don't lose any more sleep stressing about this.

The temperature has been so awesome here lately too. That's good but also makes me sad because I take it to mean that summer is coming to an end. Indeed, fall is JUST around the corner. Yikes!

Isn't it wonderful how a new haircut can give you renewed confidence and a pep in your step?? emoticon

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Passed another check up!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

My check up went well Tuesday afternoon, my lab work was good too.
Had my monthly infusion of Zometa. I realized after I got there I forgot to put my EMLA cream on my port; that is a numbing cream I have to put on an hour before my appointment so it doesn't hurt so much to get the IV in. It really hurt getting it put in this time, but once it was in for a minute the sting went away. I also get a Faslodex injection once per month; that hurts going in, it's injected into my back end, and it's a thick needle and they have to push it in slow. But it's a small price to pay to have my life. I also have to have a Lupron shot every 3 months and it was time for that too.

Took my Fiorcet when I got home; if I don't, I end up with a migraine after my Faslodex shot. The Fiorcet makes me sleepy, and I still have a mild headache, but no migraines! I usually just get into my pjs when I get home from a treatment and veg out in front of the tv until I get too sleepy.

Wednesday I was mildly achy and just feeling kind of "blah"; which is normal after the Zometa. I just relax and take it easy on those days, no exercise either. I'm usually fine again by Thursday.

I have it pretty easy compared to most people going through cancer treatment; I only have 2 days out of the month where it makes me feel bad, it's not all the time like when I had the chemo in 2003. I've been doing my current treatment for over a year now, I just know to plan ahead if there is anything I need to do those weeks, I do it before my appointment.

Today I had an 8-4 shift. Don't get those day shifts very often. We had a couple of brief rain showers late this afternoon. It cooled things off nicely. Around 7:30pm I went out for a half hour walk.

The picture is of Timmy and Kallie's new cat tree; they love it! Kallie likes the platforms on it, and Timmy loves taking naps in the cubby hole. In this picture it looks like the opposite though, Timmy is on the top and Kallie is on the bottom.

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LORI2008 8/8/2008 3:38PM

    You have me wondering if there are different kinds of ports. Or if they have to access yours in a different way that causes so much more pain. My nurses just have me take a deep breath whenever they access my port. I feel a bit of a bee sting, but it goes away immediately.

Rest easy!


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MDTWEETY 8/8/2008 10:58AM

    I'm so glad to hear that another checkup went well! :)
We had some rain yesterday too, and in the evening it cooled off as well. Dh and I had a nice walk with the dog. I love the pic with your kitties. Soooo cute. My cat would LOVE that. Alas, we don't have the space for it.

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IVYLASS 8/8/2008 8:07AM

    Sounds like you're doing well! When I have my chemo they spray a freezing cold numbing spray on the port stings for a bit, but I don't feel the IV going in. Is that an option for you?

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Weekly update July 31-August 5

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Thursday was my first day back at work after vacation. It wasn't bad, it was kind of quiet and slow, the calm before the storm; Friday was the first of the month again so things were crazy. People are already starting back to school shopping , so it's been a busier than usual first week of the month.

Sunday I worked a 12-9 shift, after working til 11pm the night before, so I didn't get a workout in. Yesterday was 9-5. I intended to do a workout when I got home, but I ended up getting home too late, wet and tired! Guess I better explain that one, lol!

After work I got my hair cut at the salon in the store. It's in kind of a layered bob now, about chin length in front, and shorter in the back. The stylist also showed me how to back comb where I have this awful cowlick to cover it up and add some volume; I tried it today and I am pleased that I was able to replicate it myself. The secret to doing it with fine hair is to use some freeze spray on it first. I was glad she showed me how, I could never make it work before. I asked my mom to bring her digital camera over when she picks me up for my appointment today to take some pics of my hair so I will post them later.

It was raining hard when I done and was leaving the store, a very heavy downpour. I didn't want to ruin my freshly blow dried hair so I bought a cheap umbrella to get to my car. I still ended up with my pants and shoes and socks soaked. I still had to stop for groceries before I went home, but I sat in the car for about 20 minutes after I got there before I went in, waiting for the rain to let up a bit. It still didn't feel very good to walk through the store in wet pants, and it was cold when I was in the dairy and frozen sections. By the time I got home it was after 7pm, and once I got the groceries put away and had some dinner, I was too wiped out to work out.

I have my Zometa and Faslodex at 2pm today, so that means I have to get the stuff done I want to do before I go, since I won't feel good after. A friend gave me some cucumbers and zuchinni from her garden, so this morning I got the zuchinni ready for the freezer, and used most of the cucumbers to make some refrigerator pickles.

I also bought chicken last night; I am trying a new recipe where you bake it in packets with seasonings and veggies; I have two packets ready to bake later on tonight, one for dinner, and one I will save for another dinner in a day or two. I try to have something ready to eat or heat up on my treatment days; it helps to know that even though I will be tired and not feeling great, I have something good for dinner to look forward too.

I also got in a 30 minute workout; did part of a Leslie Sansone 4 mile DVD.

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MDTWEETY 8/5/2008 3:14PM

    I can't wait to see your pics. :)
How do you make refrigerator pickles?
Have a great day and I hope the treatment goes/went well!!

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Last day of vacation, feeling a bit sad

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today is my 9th and final day of my last vacation of the summer. It's been such a peaceful and relaxing time. I am not looking forward to returning to work and the chaos that comes along with it. That first day back is always the worst it seems like.

The picture above is me with my friend Rhonda. She is a good friend to me and to my family. She came with us to have lunch with my aunt for my aunt's birthday at the nursing home. Rhonda is the one who saved my aunts life when she had a stroke, she lived next to my aunt at the time, and was concerned when she saw her car there one Sunday morning, when my aunt always went to church every week without fail. They had keys to each other's apartments in case of an emergancy, so Rhonda went to check on her, and found her unconcious on the floor. She called 911, and then my mom. If it had been a few more hours, Aunt Elinor would not have made it.

We had a laugh about the shirts we wore that day, we had no idea we both even had shirts with the same cat and the same saying on them! (Mine has the "bad kitty" on the back instead of the front.) We just happened to show up wearing them the same day.

I slept in today. I missed going to the Wednesday farm market, but I can get what I need from the store before I leave work tomorrow. Next week is my treatment, so I won't feel like going that day, but the week after that I will definately make an effort to go.

I tried another of the workouts from the Leslie Sansone Walk Slim series, today I did the Fast Start, 2 mile walk, a 35 minute workout.

Tomorrow I don't go into work til 3pm, so I'll have time to get a short workout in.

My hire date anniversary at work is August 2, so after that I'll have 4 weeks of vacation time again. I'm going to request a week off around my birthday, near the end of September, that will give me something to look forward too, and make me feel better about turning another year older, lol!

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MARTHA-ANN 8/1/2008 3:35AM

    Hi Shari,
Love the photo, what an amazing coincidence!

I used to hate that going back to work feeling but ten minutes in and you'd forgotten you'd been off emoticon
It's not long to September so you have that to look forward to. emoticon


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MDTWEETY 7/31/2008 9:37AM

    I like the pic!! :)
I hope you have a nice day back at work. I know the "last day of vacation" feeling. Not fun!! If you take a week off at the end of Sept., that is not too far away.

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