Friday, February 27, 2009
We had rain all night and into very early this morning. It turned colder and then we had some freezing rain. Almost all the schools in the area were closed today. The sun is out now, but the wind is keeping it very cold. The sun is melting the ice on the pavement though.
I'm feeling my hip pain a little more than I did yesterday, but it's still much less pain than I had before the nerve block injection. I had to take a couple of pain pills, at 4pm and 7:30pm yesterday, and I took one when I got up today. I know it's going to take time for my nerve to heal. If the damage occurred during my radiation treatment, that was two years ago, so that's been quite a long time, so I am not expecting it to heal up overnight. Most of the pain is right around the hip, not through my whole leg, so that itself is a big improvement.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
It's now almost 1pm. So far today, I am feeling a lot better than I have in a long time. The pain is still there, but more like a mild ache, not nearly as intense as it was before.
It was almost 40°F when I went out for the mail. I also got my garbage ready for the pickup tomorrow, and refilled my bird feeders. All this involved walking up and down the steps of my porch, so the fact that I am not terribly sore now I think is a sign that the nerve block is starting to work. We are supposed to start getting rain around dinnertime tonight, and freezing rain tomorrow, so I'm glad I had a good day today to get feeders filled. I have the noticed that the stormiest of days seems to be when I have the most birds using them, much to the delight of my cats watching them through the windows, lol!
I also cleaned out two kitchen drawers; my cutlery drawer and kitchen gadget drawer. It was getting hard to find what I needed in both of them, so I took everything out, and only put back in the things I use at least a few times per month. The rest I'll sort out later, the things I want to keep, I'll put in a plastic tote and store them in a closet. I have a few duplicates of things too, for some reason I have 3 corkscrews, and I am not even a wine drinker! I have probably used a corkscrew just 1 time in the past 10 years. I'll keep one and store it away, and give the other two to Goodwill. I also put a small plastic basket in one drawer for all my measuring stuff; the measuring cups and spoons, so that will make it much easier when I'm cooking or baking to have all those things together in one spot and not have to dig around for what I need.
I think it's a little too soon yet to try exercising again, but I am going to try to find more things to do around my house that aren't "sit down" jobs. I think part of the soreness I'm feeling now is just from not using those muscles much in the last few months. I know when I do start my walking and workouts again, I'm going to have to start out slowly and carefully.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I took one of my Darvocet, so my pain level was tolerable when I went to bed last night. My hot flashes were more intense than usual though, I kind of wonder if they were aggravated by the nerve block or the numbing agent used. I had to get up around 3:30am to use the bathroom, by then most of the numbness was gone from my knee and I didn't have any problems with walking.
I slept til almost 10am, felt pretty good despite waking up a few times during the night. My hip is still hurting, but a little less intensely than before, and most of the pain is where I had the injection. My knee hurts, but I can walk normally with it. I think most of my pain today is the flare up of pain I was told to expect for 2-5 days after the injection. I'm still taking it easy today. I did a couple of loads of laundry, but my house is all one floor, so it didn't involve going up and down stairs to do it, otherwise, I wouldn't have tried that today.
I know it's too soon to know for sure that the nerve block is going to work, but I am trying to maintain a positive attitude that it will.
I got the new mattress pad today that I ordered online. My old one was filled with feathers and had become quite flattened out. This one has more like a poly stuffing, and it's very cushy and soft! I put it on the bed, and while I am not wishing the day away, I am looking forward to sleeping on it tonight. Right now my cat Kallie is enjoying a nap on the bed, lol.
I have my chicken for my dinner tonight marinating in the refrigerator. I'll have some frozen veggies with it and a salad. After just eating a frozen Healthy Choice dinner last night, I'm looking forward to a "real meal".
It is snowing out now, big fluffy flakes. I am so tired of winter, but it's hard to hate the snow when it is looking so pretty coming down. We also have another winter storm coming for Friday, freezing rain is expected with this one.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Today was my first appointment with Dr. Basch, my pain specialist, since I had the EMG done two weeks ago by Dr. Lado.
Dr. Basch believes my pain is probably coming from scar tissue on the femoral nerve, and that scar tissue is a result of the radiation I had on my hip in 2007. He tried a nerve block on it today, and he may have Dr. Lado do another EMG to pinpoint the exact spot in the nerve where the pain is coming from. And even though I didn't want to resort to using pain pills, I asked about them today, so he gave me a prescription for Darvocet.
The nerve block really numbed my knee, which is a good sign, it means the injection went where it was supposed to go. However, it takes 12-24 hours for the numbness to go away. I had no feeling in my knee and it took the nurse and my mom to help me out to the car. My mom had to help me up the steps into my house too. I got to the bathroom by myself, but I nearly fell when I tried to sit down on the toilet. I caught myself though; if I ever have to make that call for "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!" I don't want it to be with my pants around my ankles, lol!
I still had my appointment later in the afternoon to get my blood drawn for my oncologist, so Mom stayed and had lunch at my house, then she helped down the steps again and into the car, out of the car and into the doctors office, then did the whole thing over again to get me back home.
I can walk ok now if I take it slow, I am ok if I have to bend as long as I don't have to bend the left knee. Bless my mom, I'm so thankful for her; she cleaned out the kitty litter box, and put their food and water bowls up so I can feed them tonight without having to bend over.
The injection in the front of the leg, about where the leg bends when sitting; that is starting to hurt a bit more now, and it looks like I'll have a pretty good bruise there. I was told I could use ice on it though, which I will get out of the freezer next time I'm out of my chair.
It really made me stop and think though, how thankful I am to have to have two good legs despite the pain I've had lately; even on the days with the worst pain, I could still walk and know my legs would hold me up, and not give a second thought to getting up and down.
I am going to take it easy the rest of the night, and stay off my feet as much as I can. I had planned on baking chicken for dinner, but that will wait another day. With my leg still being wobbly I don't think it would be wise to try to get a hot dish out of the oven. Thankfully, I have a few Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice dinners in the freezer for times like this. I did get the marinade made for my chicken though, it was only a few ingredients, and all I have to do tomorrow is stick it in the oven. It's a recipe I've used before and liked, the marinade is made out of yogurt, lemon juice, coriander and curry powder.
My next appointment at the pain clinic is March 17th; St. Patrick's Day, so maybe I'll have the luck of the Irish on my side!
Monday, February 23, 2009
I didn't watch the Oscars last night, and since my usual tv shows weren't even on, I watched a movie instead while I cut out my Sunday paper coupons, sorted them, and got my shopping list ready. I watched "Hope and Glory" on dvd; one of my favorite movies, about an English family during World War 2. After that, I read for awhile before going to bed.
I was out the door around 10am to get my groceries for the week. I went to the store where I use to work, so as usual, it took me some extra time as I always run into a few coworkers I like to talk to and catch up with. Still, I was home before noon, so that wasn't too bad. Still cold out, but it was nice and sunny, and no wind, so the short time I was out it wasn't bad.
My hip was hurting all through the store, and still is, but not as bad as last week when I did my shopping. I'm tolerating it pretty well today; I think knowing I'll be seeing the pain specialist again tomorrow is helping me cope with it.
I have to remember to get my chicken out of the freezer for my dinner tomorrow. I still have a little chili leftover from the weekend, so I am going to have that tonight over a baked potato. Also making a salad to go with it.
Doing good on the snacks today! I've only had 2 small squares of dark chocolate.
I'm also really liking fresh lemon in my water now. I needed lemon zest for the dessert I made this weekend, so I cut up the lemon after I got the zest off of it and have been squeezing a piece of it into my water once or twice per day. I usually keep bottled lemon juice on hand for cooking, but I think I will start buying fresh lemons to flavor my water and tea; maybe even a lime once in awhile.
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