Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I took my Ambien last night, and got at least 7 good hours of sleep, but I'm still not feeling good. I still feel like I want to lay down. I have an appointment at 11:30am at my oncologist's office for my monthly blood work, and it took all my energy just to get dressed and ready for that.
I took an Excedren this morning for a headache, and it felt like it just got stuck behind my breastbone and hurt for a while. Same thing when I ate a small bowl of plain rice for breakfast. About an hour later, I tried eating some yogurt, since I thought some of my weakness was from not eating enough. Even that didn't set too well.
I just called my internist's office and told them what was going on, and now I am waiting for them to return a call to me as what to do next. I'm pretty sure he will want to do the endoscopy, but I might have to go see him in the office first, but maybe not, since it wouldn't be my first one.
I have almost an hour of time to kill before my mom picks me up to take me to get my lab work done. A nap is sure sounding good right now, even though I just got up at 8am.
Monday, April 20, 2009
To start with, I didn't sleep well again because of the acid reflux. I tried to sleep in, but with my stomach being empty so many hours, the hunger pangs kept me awake and kept me from relaxing.
I had planned on getting my groceries today, but I decided to wait til Wednesday or Thursday. I just didn't have the energy to get myself put together to leave the house, let alone push a cart through the store, load the car up in the rain, and then bring everything in and put it away once I got home.
I have been sticking to a bland food diet today, and eating very small amounts at a time. Even that causes some heartburn. I ate plain Cheerios and a banana for breakfast, and half of a can of some Campbells Select Harvest Chicken Soup with Egg Noodles, and one of those single serving containers of sugar free apple sauce for lunch. I also cooked a pot of rice in my rice cooker, so I can reheat some of it for dinner. I ate a lot of rice when I was on chemo; very easy on my stomach, and it's comforting. I used chicken broth in place of some of the water when I made it.
I have been so tired today, from 2 nights in a row of not much sleep. It's so frustrating, last week I thought I was feeling better, and I had the energy to get some things done, and now today, I feel like a weak and tired kitten. I tried to take a nap in my recliner after lunch, but I couldn't sleep, so I watched some tv instead. I did lay down on the bed for almost 2 hours; I didn't really fall asleep, but I felt more relaxed. I listened to the steady rain coming down outside, and Kallie curled up next to me. Once when I opened my eyes, Timmy was standing with his paws on the bed looking at me, lol. Sweet kitties I have, I am sure they sense when I'm not feeling good; especially since I normally don't lay on the bed in the middle of the day.
My hip and leg are really hurting too. It's also cold and rainy. I got to wondering if part of that was the weather; I knew it affected arthritis, but I wasn't sure if it affected nerve pain too. I did some googling, and sure enough, I found some articles relating to that, and it can indeed be affected by the weather, especially when it's cold and damp.
Dr. Wolschleger, my internist, wants me to call when I'm done with the 2 weeks of Kapidex, (acid reflux meds) if I'm not feeling any better. That won't be til the 29th though. I'm going to see how I am feeling tomorrow, I may call before then. If I have to feel like this another week and a half, I don't know if I can get through it.
Tonight, instead of taking my bedtime dose of the Neurotin, I'm going to take my Ambien instead, and try to get at least one good night of sleep. Tomorrow, I go to Dr. Pawl's office for my monthly blood draw.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Well, I attempted that walk after dinner last night. I intended to go for my usually half hour, but 15 minutes into my walk I didn't feel like I had it in me, so I headed for home, so my walk was only 24 minutes.
Last night the acid reflux started bothering me. I thought I was recovered from the possible gastritis I had 2-3 weeks ago, but I think all that bending over I did working in the yard last week aggravated it. I never could do sit-ups because they always cause me to have heartburn, so the bending over I was doing to pick up the leaves to put them in the bags probably felt like sit-ups to my stomach. It's still bothering me today.
I have 10 days to go yet on the new meds for my stomach, the Kapidex. My internist told me to call him if I was not feeling good after those 10 days, and I have a feeling I probably will. He also said at that time, that if the Kapidex wasn't helping, he wanted to do the endoscopy to look into my stomach. Not too thrilled about that, but I've had them before. With all the things I've gone through in the last 6 years, that procedure isn't the worst thing I've had to put up with.
Still very tired today too, but I was looking back over my fitness minutes for this month. It's probably not a lot for most people, but for me, I've probably done more in this month so far than I have since mid October through March, when my hip pain was at it's worse. So maybe I'm doing a little too much too soon. I probably should have worked on the yard every other day instead of 2-3 days in a row.
I took it easy today. Too cold and rainy to go for a walk, but even if it were nice out, I would have taken the day "off" anyway. I did get a little laundry done, but I don't mind doing that; my house is all on one floor, so I don't have to go up and down stairs to do it. I also looked through my new Hungry Girl cook book, 200 under 200, and picked out a few recipes to try, and added any ingredients I didn't have on hand to my shopping list.
Getting into my jammies soon, and after Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, I plan to go to bed; reading for a bit before I turn out the light.
Tomorrow is my grocery shopping day.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I started the Neuroten last night, took it at bed time. I was already feeling sleepy, it was late and tired from my busy day, so I couldn't tell if the Neuroten made me feel sleepy or not. I took it at midnight, then before I turned off the light to sleep, I took some time to write in my journal and read a book for about half an hour. I didn't feel any effects from it when I woke up this morning, that is good sign. When I have to take my Ambien or Fiorcet I usually feel a "hangover" effect from those. Still felt the same morning aches and pains as usual, but my doctor says it will take a few weeks to feel the Neuroten working.
I tried a recipe this morning from the new Hungry Girl cook book which I just bought yesterday; Choco-Monkey Oatmeal. I was good, though it's not something I'd want to eat every day. I love chocolate, but not really for breakfast. The recipe was basically regular oatmeal, (not the instant), a packet of sugar free hot cocoa mix, and half of a banana.
Around 11am, it was already 70 degrees. I went out and worked on raking and cleaning up the best I could my large flower bed. It's at the front of my house, which is a mobile home. It's 16 feet long, and kind of angled. On side is about 1 1/2 feet, and the other about 3-4 feet. It took me a half hour. By the time I got done though, I was feeling a little shaky. I don't think I ate quite enough before I started working, just the oatmeal and the other half of the banana I didn't use in the recipe, and I think I was also dehydrated. I only drank 2 cups of water by that time.
I came in and drank a tall glass of water, and made myself some lunch. Also took a pain pill because my hip and knee were sore from the bending. Still not feeling quite right, but I'll be ok; I'm still drinking my water to get my fluids replenshed. Fortunately, I don't get to feeling this way too often. It usually happens if I get busy working on something and don't take the time to eat, and get too warm. It always takes me a few hours to feel better though after one of those episodes.
I still plan on getting my walk in today, but I'm going to wait til after dinner, when it's cooler out.
I did take some time while I was outside to notice how things are growing. My tulips are growing fast, but no flowers on them yet. I have some hyacinths starting to blossom, and my irises are coming up too. The periwinkle that grows around my tree is starting to green up nicely too. I'm pretty much done now with the yard work until it's time to start planting again, which will be in about another 5-6 weeks.
Friday, April 17, 2009
I didn't get up as early as I wanted too this morning; I was so tired, I reset the alarm for another hour of sleep. But once I got out of the house and got going, I was feeling better. The weather is even more beautiful than it was yesterday. It is 70°F now, but even this morning, it was already warm enough to leave the house without a coat.
First stop was a used book sale. I took my time browsing through the books and spent $14, got 10 books for that. A couple of books have been on my "wish list" for a very long time, so I was glad to find them there.
Went to Walmart next. Needed a cell phone holder that I could clip to my waistband. When I'm out walking, I like to carry my phone with me and I'm not always wearing pants that have pockets. I also bought some fabric to make a curtain; my laundry/utility area is in the short hallway between my kitchen and bedroom, it's just an open spot with no door on it, so I am going to sew a curtain so I can "hide" it when I have company.
I also bought the new Hungry Girl cook book, 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories. I looked through it this afternoon, and it's awesome! I can't decide which recipe I want to try first. I have her first book, and it's one of my most used cook books, and I'm sure this one will be too.
Took a pain pill after my lunch, before I took my 30 minute walk. Spent 20 minutes raking the yard after that. Yard is all done now, except for my largest flower bed; I'll work on that tomorrow. Besides leaves, it's full of old mulch.
And one more thing that made my day; when I logged my activity into my Bee Well Miles account, I was an instant winner of a free song download!
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