Tuesday, June 02, 2009
I ended up having to take my Ambien last night, as tired as I was, I had a hard time relaxing to go to sleep. I took at 11pm, then read for a little while, and around 11:45pm, I went to sleep. I woke up earlier than I wanted to this morning, but I had some good sleep; I don't remember waking up during the night as often as I usually do.
I was able to go get my groceries this morning, and I got home around 11:30pm. The pain clinic called and asked me if I wanted to come in at 1pm instead of 3:30pm for my physical therapy appointment, so I said I would. I had to eat a quick lunch after I got my groceries put away, but I was glad to get the appointment done earlier and not have to sit around and wait.
The physical therapist was really nice, and took his time in his evaluation. He thinks the problem is my sciatic nerve. He had one of his assistants show me some stretching exercises to do at home; she was very nice too. She talked about posture also, especially about sitting at the computer. She showed me the exercises, and then had me do them. They aren't hard to do, and she said if it hurts, not to do them, they are not supposed to hurt. It's the getting use to using the good posture at the computer that is going to be hard, I have some bad habits I have to unlearn. She gave me printouts of all the information, and the one with the "computer health" tips I taped right on my desk on the shelf above the monitor, to help me remember.
I am sore this afternoon, but I would have been sore any way, it's not from anything I did at physical therapy. They are going to have me do 6 weeks of physical therapy, twice per week.
I am looking forward to it, as it sounds like something that will really help me, and I am going to make sure I do my exercises at home and work on my posture also. My sessions will on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I won't be starting til next Tuesday though, since my mom is having her surgery this Thursday.
Monday, June 01, 2009
The day started out with rain, not sure when it started, but I'm sure it was in the wee hours of the morning. It rained til about mid morning, and very late this afternoon, the sun came out. Not much wind today, so it wasn't nearly as chilly as it was yesterday.
I woke up with a sinus headache, and felt kind of nauseous too. All I had for breakfast was a banana, and the way I was feeling, it took me a while to get that down. I didn't have to be at the hospital until 12:15pm for the dye injection, so instead of getting ready right away, I waited til 11am.
I felt so bad the first part of the morning, I considered calling the hospital and getting it rescheduled, but then I decided to give myself some more time to feel a little better. I really did not want to have to do that, as it would mean waiting that much longer for the results. Fortunately, the hospital I go to for those is a local one, and I only live a few miles away from it. If I would have had to go out of town, I don't think I could have handled it today.
I spent the morning laying on the sofa, and using the microwavable sinus mask on my eyes. I didn't turn the tv on; I just the enjoyed the peace and quiet instead; and watched what the kitties were doing. They went through their usual morning routine of playing and chasing each other after their breakfast, then each to their favorite window to watch the birds, and finally, nap time again. Kallie was curled up on the sofa with me. I was also enjoying the show with the birds, and the squirrel. I have a little birdbath sitting on my porch railing; it's really just a shallow, oval shaped dish from the dollar store, that I also filled with some polished stones also from the same store, so the birds have something to perch on. Anyway, it was quite entertaining watching the squirrel dip his paws into it to drink. Depsite not feeling good, I enjoyed just spending some quiet time just kind of "being in the moment"; I should do that more often, and not just when I don't feel good.
My headache finally started to go away a little bit, and my stomach calmed down to where I could eat some yogurt. Then I got myself ready to go.
I am glad for the tech I had today for dye injection; he remembers me everytime I'm in there too. Most of the techs there have trouble with my veins, and I've even had veins blown a couple of times, but he does it so quickly, yet almost painlessly. And he's got a great personality, likes to flirt too, lol! But he's easy to talk too, and he's good at putting people at ease.
I had plans to go get the few groceries that I needed after that, before coming home to drink the quart of water I needed to before the scan, but I still wasn't feeling very good, and felt a bit weak from not eating much, so I just came straight home instead. By that time, I was able to eat a proper lunch, a sandwich and an apple. It wasn't easy to get all that water down, which I was suppose to drink within 2 hours, but I did it.
I went back at 4pm for the scan. They were running a bit behind, so it was around 4:20 when I got in there. The scan itself wasn't bad; the machine isn't all closed in like an MRI; once the scanning part cleared my head, I was ok. I just keep my eyes closed til my head is clear of it. Actually, during the last half of the scan, I started feeling sleepy.
I am home now, and so glad to have it over with. They told me my doctor should have the reports tomorrow afternoon, so I think they should have the report ready for me pick up at the medical records office while I am there anyway for my mom's surgery on Thursday. I don't see my oncologist til the 26th, so I am not going to wait that long to find out what the report says.
I am hoping tomorrow morning to make that trip for my groceries. In the afternoon, I have my appointment with the physical therapist.
Here is a picture of one of my regular squirrel visitors.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I love this picture; it was in my LOL Cat e-newsletter this morning.
That is just how it is; last night, I went out into the living room to look through the new grocery ads for this week, intending to sit in my favorite chair. But Timmy was all stretched out in it, sleeping peacefully, and I didn't have the heart to disturb him, so I sat on the sofa instead.
It got down to 30°F here last night. When I went outside about an hour ago to uncover the plants, it was up to 54°F, but still very chilly with the wind. I had a fleece jacket on over my sweatshirt, and the air was so cold, I went back inside to get a hat. June starts tomorrow, I should not have to be bundling up like that to do things outside! I am kind of bummed that I probably won't get my book case painted today either, not unless it warms up quite a bit more, but I have my doubts. Between my appointments this week, my mom having her surgery, and the rain in the forecast, my next chance to paint won't be until Wednesday afternoon.
But the good thing is, I didn't lose any plants or flowers to the frost. I have a few pots that need watering, but I am going to wait til this afternoon, when it's not quite so chilly. This should be the last hard frost for the summer.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Those are my two kitties on the bed, one reason my bed stays unmade most of the time, lol.
My pain wasn't too bad when I went to bed last night, with all I had done yesterday. I was even starting to think, maybe I'm starting to get better. But I was quite sore when I got up this morning.
I was planning on painting the book case that has been sitting out on my porch for a week; I had put the primer on it Monday, then had to stop for a few days. I had doctor appointments on Tuesday, and my treatment. I took a couple of days to recover from that, then we had rain. Yesterday I was busy with other things. But, the painting will have to wait til at least tomorrow. Besides my pain feeling a little worse today, it's also been very windy, and there are seeds blowing around from out of the trees that I don't want sticking to the painted surfaces, and we also had a chance of rain all day. And the wind made it feel a little chilly.
But, I think it was a good idea to take the day off anyway from my outdoor activities. I've been staying off my feet today, and feel better now than I did this morning.
The temperature is supposed to get down to 30 tonight, so I went out about a half hour ago and covered any plants that need to be covered when there is a danger of frost. It is still pretty windy; I may need to go out one more time before it gets dark and make sure none of my coverings have blown off.
Here's another picture of Timmy and Kallie sleeping on my bed.
Friday, May 29, 2009
This is one of the hanging baskets I bought yesterday.
This is a close up view of the pink and white flowers on the other hanging basket I also bought yesterday.
This morning I met my best friend at Big Boy for breakfast. She and her husband are taking a road trip to Alaska, and will be gone for 3 months. They are leaving next week, so this morning was our last breakfast together until she is back. Her birthday is next month also, and since she won't be here, I gave her gift to her early. I wanted to get her something she could use on her trip, but I didn't know what she needed yet, and I know traveling in an RV, space is limited too, so I got her a Walmart gift card. We had a nice time, and she is going to keep in touch via the internet when she can.
Our town has a Downtown Farmer's Market every Friday, between 8am-2pm. I had never been to one; I always had to work, and even on the rare Friday I didn't work, like during vacations, I always had some reason to put it off. But not today; I stopped and had a look around after our breakfast at Big Boy. It was awesome! There were at least a dozen sellers there, a few of them Amish. Most had plants and flowers, and all looked very nice and well taken care of. One Amish family had the most beautiful, and the biggest, hanging baskets I have ever seen. Some of the Amish were also selling things like eggs, baked goods, and cheese. I bought 2 flowering plants, and 2 pounds of asparagus. I had some of the asparagus for dinner tonight. What I can't eat within the next few days I will freeze. And I can't wait to go back next Friday!
I was sore by the time I got home, but the lawn needed mowing. Before I got started on that, I took a pain pill and sat and rested awhile. I probably should have stopped for the day after getting the grass cut, but I was enjoying being outdoors so much, after being stuck inside the last few days because of the rain and not feeling good, I got a few more flowers planted. My dad also stopped over, and he dug the holes in my perennial bed and I planted the lilies I bought the at the beginning of the week. I have a lot of tree roots in my yard, so I have a hard time if I have to dig a larger hole for something.
So, after all that, I am sore, feeling it in my hip and knee, as I knew I would. But, I am not hurting as bad as I thought I would be. I am feeling very tired though, but that's not such a bad thing, I can go to sleep earlier tonight. My dad is coming over again tomorrow to use the string trimmer where it's needed around my yard.
Just one more photo; these are some of the lilies that I needed my dad to help me dig the holes for.
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