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Chemo today, low hemoglobin again

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I ended up going to bed a little earlier than I planned too last night, shortly after 10pm, because of a headache. It turned out to be a good thing, I mean the going to bed earlier part, because I had time this morning to go to the cemetery to water the flowers before my mom picked me up for chemo.

I was at the clinic for almost 4 hours today; the lab was really slow today. It took them over an hour to get my report back to the clinic, and they can't start my chemo without knowing the blood counts first. My WBC was ok, but my hemoglobin went lower, as I had suspected it did. That explains the fatigue getting worse over the past few days, and the fact that I am getting heart palpitations from time to time, and feeling cold at times. I asked the nurse if anemia can make pain worse, and she said it very well could, as it affects the circulation of the blood. Anyway, I am getting a transfusion Thursday that should start making me feel better.

I'm not going to try to do my shopping any more this week, my mom has to pick up a prescription at Meijer tonight so she will pick up the few things I don't want to wait til Monday to get for me while she is there.

My sciatica pain was still with me this morning, but not as severe as it was yesterday. I took my first pain pill after I got home from the cemetery, and another one when I got home from chemo, and they are working better today. I think skipping my workout yesterday helped; I didn't get one in today because of the chemo, but if I am feeling ok tomorrow I'll do something short and gentle.

  
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OPALMOON 6/27/2012 1:28PM

    Wishing you well for tomorrow, along with feeling much better pain-wise!

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PIZZAHOLIC33 6/27/2012 9:29AM

    Ugh, I remember having to wait forever for blood results sometimes too! Keep your head up!

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PIMPINELLAN50 6/27/2012 3:50AM

    Shari,
I hope that the blood transfusion will boost your energy level.
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JAMER123 6/26/2012 11:25PM

    emoticon to you, Sherry! Here's hoping the transfusion bring more energy to you and the chemo doesn't zap your strength too much. Sending thoughts & prayers your direction!! emoticon

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EVWINGS 6/26/2012 8:57PM

    Ev sends you gentle hugs. She has had to go thru the same thing and really got sick after the last transfusion. The best from both of us to you. Bob

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ELLFIN3 6/26/2012 8:06PM

    Sorry You had to be there for 4 hours today! I hope the transfusion on Thursday helps You feel better!!! Take very good care of You!!! (((((HUGS))))))

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NPA4LOSS 6/26/2012 7:28PM

    Hope that you are enjoying some more energy after the transfusion. Rest and know that we are here for you! emoticon

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JEWELLE217 6/26/2012 7:16PM

    emoticon and prayers!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/26/2012 6:14PM

    Hugs and prayers.

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ZOOMTOWN04 6/26/2012 6:02PM

    Best of luck to you!!! Hang in there... emoticon

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PEPPERMINT125 6/26/2012 5:53PM

    Prayers for you Sherry. Hope you are feeling better soon and best to you during the upcoming chemo. emoticon

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Pain kept me home today

Monday, June 25, 2012

I had planned this morning to get my groceries and on the way home, stop by the cemetery and water the flowers we put up there Friday, but my bad hip (I have sciatica on the left side) was really hurting this morning. It hurt bad enough that I knew I couldn't put off having to take the pain pill til I got home, so I decided it was best not to go this morning, and took my pain pill right after breakfast.

Hopefully I can go another day this week, but if I can't, I am well stocked up on things. I don't want to send someone else to the store for me because there are a few things on my list that I just have to pick out for myself, and I don't know what variety etc. I want until I can see them in the store. I also need some yarn and a new pair of sewing scissors and those are things that I won't know exactly what I want til I see what the store has. I will try tomorrow morning to water the plants at the cemetery, since my chemo isn't until 11am.

About an hour after taking my first pain pill, I was feeling better, so I decided to put the left over flowers from the cemetery into a couple of pots, but I checked in my shed and I had no potting soil. I added it to my list from the store.

Maybe it's just as well I didn't do anything with the flowers today, around 1:30pm my pain pill started to wear off, and I still had an hour til I could take another one. I took it about 45 minutes ago, but my hip is still hurting pretty bad and now my knee is too. I decided that I should probably not try to do my Sit and Be Fit workout today. And I'm very glad now that I skipped that shopping trip this morning.

Sometimes with my sciatica, I will go through a period where it flares up worse than usual, and it doesn't seem to be related to the weather or anything I have done. I think that is what I am going through now.

And now, I will leave you with something to laugh about. After I was done outside this morning, I sat down at the computer. I could feel something touching the back of my neck. I started to panic to because I thought it was a bug, I stood up and started slapping at the back of my neck. It turned out that all it was was a bobby pin that fell out of my hair. I'm glad no one was around to see how foolish I felt, lol!

  
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/26/2012 10:51AM

    I hope that today is a much better day for you and that you won't be attacked by any rogue bobby-pins.

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OPALMOON 6/26/2012 10:01AM

    I know how annoying pain can be and disruptive to one's plans. I hope you feel a lot better tomorrow!

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CTUPTON 6/26/2012 8:48AM

    Gotta watch out for those pesky bobbie pin bugs! Chris

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 6/25/2012 11:20PM

    I'll be praying you feel better soon. I hate when pain keeps me from doing things I need to do. God bless you!

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AUNTRENEE 6/25/2012 10:45PM

    Take care of yourself. You need all the rest you can get. Especially when you're taking chemo.

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NPA4LOSS 6/25/2012 10:03PM

    Hope that you have a better day tomorrow with the hip. emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 6/25/2012 8:44PM

    I know what you mean about the sciatica. One step you're fine, the next...agony!

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KERRYG155 6/25/2012 8:10PM

    Glad I'm not the only one who does something like that!! Sorry you had to deal with so much pain today. Hope tomorrow you can get your shopping done.

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ELLFIN3 6/25/2012 7:57PM

    I am just glad it was a bobby pin! Not like Me last night with the yellow jacket! I hope You are not hurting tomorrow!!! Love Ya!! ((((((HUGS)))))

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OLDERDANDRT 6/25/2012 5:41PM

    emoticon I do that, too and it's usually my ponytail! Embarrassing, but it I'm alone, it's funny! hehe
emoticon my friend. I hope you're feeling more up to snuff soon!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/25/2012 4:53PM

    I totally understand the need to pick things out for yourself. When your diet is specific for health concerns you can't just explain to someone what you're looking for when you decide. I'm glad you chose to take it easy and not overly push yourself.

I once had an ear infection that ended up with a big scab around my ear drum. One morning my ear was itching terribly and as I rubbed it and moved it around to try to stop it, the scab fell out. I screamed because for a split second it looked like a worm had come out of my ear. haha I actually knelt down on the floor to look at it closely to figure out what it was. We've all had those funny little things happen where we think it's something gross but it's not such a big deal.

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/25/2012 4:23PM

    That is funny!! We've all done stuff like that--good that we can laugh at ourselves!! Hope your pain eases up soon!

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0309COOKIE 6/25/2012 3:25PM

    That's funny. It's kinda like when you walk into a spider's web.

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Feeling achy today

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Last week I finished 3 baby and 5 adult hats, and I started a baby hat last night which is half done, that I plan to finish up tonight.

The power went out again yesterday for a little over an hour. According the local paper yesterday, the problem is with one of the substations. They put up a temporary one but apparently that one is having problems too, yesterday's outtage was the 3rd day in a row. My mom's power has gone out then too, she doesn't live far from me. Today her power was out, but not mine. She noticed it was off around 5am, and she didn't get it back til noon today.

We didn't go to church today, my mom could not get ready without electricity, and she couldn't get to my house to get ready because the electric garage door would not open, whatever she has to do it to manually open it wasn't working. I would have picked her up, but I had already taken my pain pill by the time she called me, and because of the side effects, I can't drive after taking them. Her stomach was upset anyway, I think from the stress of not having power, so we decided not to try to make it to church this morning.

My legs were very achy before I even got up today, more so than usual, and I had hip pain on the sciatica side. I'm wondering if my being anemic is making the pain worse, maybe the blood isn't circulating as well as it should. Something I should ask the oncology nurse when I go for chemo on Tuesday. Anyway, I had to wait to til I had breakfast to take my pain pill so it wouldn't upset my stomach, and since I wasn't going to church, I had time this morning to wait for the pill to start working then do a Sit and Be Fit workout.

This afternoon, my mom, sister, one of my friends and I went to a memorial luncheon for a friend's ex-husband. Even though they were divorced, they became friends again over the years. He never remarried. She was with him when he was dying from cancer, she was there for him, and also for their children and two grandsons. He passed away last month. He was living in another town so that is where the funeral was, but he lived and worked here in Big Rapids for a quite a few years before he retired, so the family decided to have a luncheon here for those that he worked with and for the friends and family that could not make it to the funeral.

It was a very nice luncheon, and I was glad to be there for my friend, but I was glad to get home too; the pain pill I took in the morning was wearing off and I was feeling very achy again. It felt good to get into pajamas when I got home. Looking forward to working on my hats some more while watching my "guilty pleasure" tv shows: Jerseylicious and Sister Wives. But before I start on the hats, I need to get my shopping list and coupons ready for tomorrow.

  
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KERRYG155 6/25/2012 11:36AM

    Sorry to hear about the death but glad you got to spend time with friends. Hope they get your electricity to stay on!

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OPALMOON 6/25/2012 12:09AM

    Glad you enjoyed the luncheon and could be there for your friend. Hope the pain and power issues improve - take care and have a good evening.

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AUNTRENEE 6/24/2012 10:12PM

    After that busy day, you deserved a relaxing evening. Enjoy it.

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ELLFIN3 6/24/2012 9:17PM

    Sounds like a very busy day!!!! Enjoy Your evening and hat making!!!!! Love Ya!!! (((((HUGS)))))

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/24/2012 6:06PM

    Sometimes thing happen that we think are annoying (not having power, not being able to get the car out of the garage to go to church, etc), but sometimes there's a purpose to it (that we might never know). Perhaps some force knew it was important for you to go to the luncheon, so by you staying home in the morning you had the capability to make it to the luncheon with minimal pain and issues. It's a good thing you were able to be there to support your friend.

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LEFTHANDLUKE 6/24/2012 4:10PM

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Saturday

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Just a quiet day at home today, relaxing from my busy week. I'll need some extra stamina tomorrow because after church I am going to a memorial luncheon for a friend of mine's ex-husband.

Did some bill paying and balanced my check book this morning. Tai Chi workout DVD in the afternoon.

  
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KERRYG155 6/23/2012 7:20PM

    sounds like a nice relaxing day.

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ELLFIN3 6/23/2012 7:16PM

    Relax and enjoy Your evening!!! How is the new TV channels??? Love Ya!! (((((HUGS)))))

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JUDITH316 6/23/2012 5:13PM

    Quiet days are always great to have, enjoy, if you can, I encourage you to curl up in a cozy chair with a favorite book and a cup of tea...Blessings on your weekend.. HUGS... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/23/2012 4:58PM

    I hope you have a nice day tomorrow. Rest days are very nice, so I hope you're enjoying today.
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    Enjoy a nice nap if you can! emoticon

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LALMEIDA 6/23/2012 2:55PM

  Enjoy!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/23/2012 2:52PM

    Aaahhhh! Nice, quiet day!!! Good for you!

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Tired and sore, but happy today

Friday, June 22, 2012

I went online at Charter to upgrade my expanded basic cable tv to digital this morning. A very nice rep on the live chat helped me. She said I could save the $25 installation fee by picking up the converter box myself, and that is what I did since the office is only about a mile down the road from me. I went and picked it up while waiting for my nephew and his wife to pick me up to plant the flowers at the cemetery. If I had known all I had to do was pick up the equipment myself, I would have done it earlier in the week.

My nephew isn't my relative by blood, but he is the son of one of my best friends, and I've known him since he was about 3 years old. He and his sister have always called me "Aunt Shari." Anyway, back to my story. Thomas did the work of the actual planting; I just showed him where I wanted each plant. We had 5 graves to do in total. Even though it was only in the mid 70's, it got hot after being out in the sun for just a little while. I'm glad we didn't do it earlier in the week when it got up to 90. My hip really got sore from standing so much this morning. I should have taken my cane with me but I didn't. At least when I have my cane with me, when I have to stand for a long time it helps me to remember to stand so most of my weight is on my right hip instead of my left. I did try sitting down for a short time, but it wasn't easy getting back up. Now I have to remember to go up there at least once a week and water the flowers, that is a job my dad always did.

Thomas and Stacia also asked if I would like them to hook up the cable box for me, and I took them up on that. I don't have a lot of patience when it comes to figuring out electronic stuff, and if I would have just tried to hook it up myself, chances are I would have ended up calling somebody for help anyway. Then all I had to do was call an 800 number so that Charter could activate it. Looking forward to watching tv tonight and having a lot more channels to choose from. And I am very thankful for all the help from Thomas and Stacia today.

I had a few plants leftover from the cemetery, so sometime this weekend or early next week I'll get them planted in a couple of pots for my porch.

I was just starting my Sit and Be Fit workout when the power went out; not sure why it went out, it wasn't the weather, but I sat down and did some reading instead. It came back on a half hour later, but of course, the show was over by then, so I did one of the workout DVDs instead. Now I am finishing up the laundry and just taking it easy with what is left of this day.


  
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OPALMOON 6/22/2012 9:33PM

    That sounds like a mostly good and productive day! Glad you had help with the planting and cable box - enjoy your TV shows and have a pleasant evening.

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KERRYG155 6/22/2012 9:06PM

    You're so good! When the power went out I would not have gone back and actually finished a workout. Not the thing to say here, but the truth. Sounds like you had another busy day. Hope you are enjoying your new cable now.

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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/22/2012 5:26PM

    Overall sounds like a good day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/22/2012 5:16PM

    Glad to know it was easy for you to get the box all set up (thanks to the help). I hope you enjoy the new channels! I found the Sit and Be Fit program was on today and seems to be every Friday here. I taped it and I'm going to give it a try, so I can see if it works for me.

It's wondeful that you're honoring your father and a few others by planting the flowers. Your friend and nephew are great helpers, it seems.

Power outages can be so annoying. It's probably from the heat making people overuse their A/C. Unless the storms that hit here in MN a few days ago have reached you with nearly the same power as they did here. (We've got a lot of flooding here from it.) Good thing it was only out for a short time. Growing up in small town WI we sometimes lost power for half a day, which is why I love being in a metro suburb now, where if there is a power failure there are redundant systems that usually kick in and restore it in a matter of seconds.

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NPA4LOSS 6/22/2012 5:16PM

    emoticon You amaze me with all you do. I enjoy my new channels that I recently added. Have fun surfing and finding new things to do. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/22/2012 4:54PM

    Busy day but you should feel satisfied at all you got accomplished!! Have a good evening!

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ELLFIN3 6/22/2012 4:53PM

    You have had an extremely busy day!!! I am so glad You have such wonderful people to help You out!!!! Give them a ((HUG)) from Me!!! Enjoy Your TV watching tonight!!! (((((HUGS))))) Love Ya!!

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