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.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Sit and Be Fit workout series is aimed at seniors, but they are really for anyone with limited mobility. Mine is limited because of the pain from my bone mets, and I also have limitations right now due to extreme fatigue from chemo.
This is a full body stretch and tone workout. Most of it is done seated, but there are parts done standing; for most of the standing parts you can hang on to a chair for support if you need too. (Most Sit and Be Fit workouts show an alternative, seated version for the standing exercises, but this workout does not, so if you cannot do any standing at all, I would not recommend this one.) The total running time of the DVD is 38 minutes, which includes a 2 minute session of visual relaxation at the end.
This workout is good for improving range of motion, muscle strength, circulation, posture, and balance. I really enjoy this one, and I like the fact that it is a little more vigorous than the Sit and Be Fit workouts that are on the TV show, which I also do. My favorite part of the workout is the seated version of tarentella dance.
Part of the workout includes the use of an exercise band, which is included with the DVD.
I like the instructor, Mary Ann Wilson too. She is also an R.N. She is friendly without being overly perky, and does not talk down to her audience.
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