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Transfusion yesterday

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.

  
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SNUZSUZ 6/30/2012 9:13AM

    Doing the laundry is a work out in itself! My prayers are with you!

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OPALMOON 6/30/2012 5:16AM

    I know what you mean about the humidity - my body reacts to it too even if I am in air-conditioning in summer. Hope the tummy and pains settle down so you can recuperate properly. Take it easy - skipping the workout was a good idea.

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JAMER123 6/29/2012 11:23PM

    Gentle emoticon Glad the transfusion was helping you but you still need your rest. Take care & I hope tomorrow is a better day for you!! emoticon

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KERRYG155 6/29/2012 10:05PM

    sorry you were feeling badly. Tomorrowo will be a better day.

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EVWINGS 6/29/2012 9:02PM

    Gentle hugs for you. I hope you feel better soon.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/29/2012 7:33PM

    I hope you have a peaceful evening and a better day tomorrow.

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NPA4LOSS 6/29/2012 6:59PM

    Gentle emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/29/2012 6:36PM

    Rest. Feel better!!

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ELLFIN3 6/29/2012 4:59PM

    For Me just doing laundry is a work out! I hope tomorrow is better pain wise!! Rest Up!! Love Ya! ((HUGS))

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/29/2012 4:49PM

    Rest.

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A "Me" day 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.


  
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CIRANDELLA 6/29/2012 10:18AM

    Shari, I admire the way that you make even your "me" days productive :) You're my role model...in many, many ways. Benadryl hits me hard, too - like general anesthesia! But remember, none of these days are wasted, especially one on which you're getting a transfusion. That's some really vital "me" time! Rest up and feel better; you are so adept at gauging what symptoms you have and how you can best treat them, or when it's time to give your doctor a call about them. Stay cool! It's supposed to be 101 down here in VA today -
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CARRAND 6/28/2012 11:32AM

    Changing sheets making mac and cheese, and doing sit and fit workout sounds like a great day to me.

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OPALMOON 6/28/2012 9:46AM

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 6/27/2012 11:33PM

    Praying for you! Keep your good attitude and continue to do only what you are able to do. I'm proud of you.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/27/2012 9:06PM

    What a great attitude you have going through all of the things you're going through.



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CELLOPLAYER1 6/27/2012 8:36PM

    I really could you a "me" day myself.

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KERRYG155 6/27/2012 8:03PM

    It's great to have a me day!

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ELLFIN3 6/27/2012 7:45PM

    I hope tomorrow will recharge Your batteries!!! Have a better evening and rest well!!! Love You!1 (((((HUGS))))))

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/27/2012 5:57PM

    It's important to know our limits and abide by them. I hope you enjoy the rest of the day and that tomorrow goes well.

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NPA4LOSS 6/27/2012 4:22PM

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PIMPINELLAN50 6/27/2012 3:39PM

    Good that you are taking a "Me" day,you certainly deserve it more than most folks!
You have such a positive attitude,and a kind heart Shari,in spite of your health issues.
I love Mac & Cheese!It's a wonderful "Comfort Food".
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GIRANIMAL 6/27/2012 3:35PM

    Good for you, Shari! I used to feel that way about migraine days or bad fibro days. It's so east for it to feel like wasted time. But your outlook is so much better, and even more accurate! You have to take the time for you now so tomorrow's you will be the best it can!

I hope you won't be sharing our heat wave starting tomorrow. If so, take another such "you" day to stay inside and comfortably cool!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/27/2012 3:34PM

    I think having a ME day is a good thing!! You should do it more often. Good luck with the transfusion tomorrow---take your time recharging those batteries.

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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
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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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