Friday, June 29, 2012
It was a long day yesterday; the transfusion itself went fine, but I was also having some "tummy troubles" yet from the chemo. The Benadryl they gave me made me really sleepy too. I had to be at the hospital at 8am and I got home around 2:45pm. I went to bed at 5pm, got up at 9pm and ate some mac and cheese, and went back to bed around 11pm.
I am not as tired today, but feeling a lot of sciatica pain and muscle pain; some of it is from the chemo and I think some of it is weather related too. Even though I am inside where it's air-conditioned, they body can sense when it's hot and humid outside. I got caught up on the laundry today but skipped trying to do a workout; just too sore and tired today.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Last night, the sciatica pain flared up pretty bad again around 8pm, and I still had 2 hours to wait til I could take another pain pill. I tried to distract myself from it by watching tv and working on a hat. Had the bad heartburn from the chemo too. By bedtime, the pain had eased, but had to take a sleeping pill at 12:30am to sleep through the heartburn. The heartburn was gone when I woke up this morning, and the pain was better, but I took a pain pill after breakfast to hopefully keep it from getting bad today. I know part of it probably my last set of injections starting to wear off; I have another appointment at the pain clinic on July 10th.
I'm taking today as a "semi-lazy" day, just doing what I feel like doing and want to do. I'll get back into my normal daily routine after the blood transfusion, when I'll have more energy. Today is just a "ME" day. I did change the bed sheets, because sleeping on clean, fresh sheets tonight will make me feel better. And I'm going to make some mac and cheese later so I will have something to heat and eat for dinner tomorrow, because I know I will be too tired to prepare any food.
I'm taking along my MP3 player to listen to music while I get the transfusion. They give me Benadryl with them, which makes me too sleepy to read. A few people have suggested audio books, but that wouldn't work for me either; even listening would require too much concentration when I'm that sleepy. If I doze while listening to music, at least I am not missing anything important.
On the days I get a transfusion, of which about 5 hours are spent at the hospital, I sleep a lot when I get home, because of the Benadryl. I use to think of days like that as "wasted days", but instead, I decided to look at those days as "recharging my batteries"; it will be worth it if it will "buy" me a few good days I wouldn't have had otherwise.
I did my Sit and Be Fit workout today, after not be able to for two days. It's good to take a day or two to rest if I'm having a lot of pain, but too many days of sitting or laying around too much makes the pain worse, and I know tomorrow I won't be able to get a workout in.
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.
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!
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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