Friday, June 05, 2009
I didn't make it to the farmer's market today, I wanted to get there early, before the parking lots filled up. The parking lot where they hold the farmer's market is used by several businesses downtown, so especially when part of it is barricaded off for the sellers, it gets full fast. I was so tired from yesterday, I slept in instead. And since I've been having to go somewhere every day this week since Monday, I needed a day just to stay home.
But, I did find out today that they will also be having the farmer's market on Tuesday afternoons also. Since my PT appointments will be at 2pm or 3pm on those days, I can stop by after on my way home.
I called my mom around 11am. I could tell she was very tired too. She wasn't getting any relief from the pain pills, so she called the doctor's office for something different. Walgreens was very slow in getting it filled, and she emailed me before I started this blog that my dad was just on his way there to pick them up. And yes, despite just having one hand to use, she has been on the computer today. But she is probably bored since she can't do a lot right now.
I finally got the last coat of paint on my book case today. Feeling sore now, but so glad to have it done. It's still sitting out on my porch. My dad will probably come over tomorrow and help me get it inside.
I will have to see how the weather is this weekend, but since I need to get up and move around with this pain instead of sitting all the time, I am thinking about getting out for my walks again, just slow and easy ones, and just 10 minutes to start with.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
It took me a long time to fall asleep last night. Since I was planning on picking up my bone scan report while at the hospital for my mom's surgery today, I was feeling a little anxious over what it might say, as I always am when I have those done. So, it was a little hard to get up and get moving today.
I got up too late for much of a breakfast, so I just had a banana. After getting dressed, I went out and uncovered my plants; we had some frost last night, but all the plants and flowers were ok. It's only supposed to get down to 40 tonight, so I am thankful I don't have to bother with that tonight. Around 11am, I made myself a sandwich for an early lunch, since I didn't know when I'd have a chance to sit down for a real meal.
My mom and dad picked up at 11:30am on the way to the hospital. We got there just before noon. They had my mom change into a gown, and while she was doing that, I went down to the medical records office to get a copy of my bone scan report.
I couldn't understand a lot of it, with it being written in "medical jargon"; even looking up some of the terms on Google after I got home tonight didn't help much. It doesn't look like there are any changes in my left hip, where most of the bone mets are, and where my pain is now, so it does not appear that it's the cancer causing the pain. It looks like I have a new spot on my spine, and a few new spots on one rib, but I am not feeling pain in those areas, and since they sound like small spots, I am not alarmed about that. I am not going to worry about it for now, I don't see my oncologist until June 30th, and if there is something there that needs attention before then, I know they will call me to come in earlier. But I didn't want my mom to worry about it today, and since she didn't ask, I didn't say anything or show her the report.
By the time I got back to my mom's room, she was just coming out of the bathroom with her gown on; I couldn't help but giggle; she's only 5'3", and the gown was huge! It went all the way down to the floor. It kind of reminded me of one of those "snuggy blankets" they sell on tv. (The room was so cold, hospital gowns made out of snuggy blankets wouldn't be a bad idea, lol).
My mom went into surgery a little after 2pm, pretty much right on schedule. My dad and I went to the cafeteria, but they had finished serving lunch at 1:30pm, and they wouldn't be serving meals again til 5pm. My dad got something out of the vending machine, and I ate the little single serving bag of a Smart Food snack I brought; can't remember the exact name of it now, but it was popcorn with a cranberry flavor, very good!
Anyway, the surgery took about an hour, just like the surgeon said, and he came out and told us that it went well, and that she was doing well, and she'd be in recovery for an hour before going to her room. I was getting a headache from not eating enough by then, so I went downstairs to where they had more vending machines to see what I could find. I found one of those machines that had sandwiches and salads and stuff like that in it, and decided on a little plate of cheese, grapes, and crackers. I got one for my dad too. I think the protein from the cheese was just what I needed to keep me going til I could get home to eat. I had my water with me too.
We went back to my mom's room after she came out of recovery, it was around 4pm by then. She was very tired, but otherwise felt fine. Not really feeling any pain then, but that is because she was still very numb, and that numbness will probably last into tomorrow. We left the hospital a little after 5pm. They dropped me off at my house before going home themselves. She will need to go to the surgeon's office Monday and have her stitches looked at.
I am sore from doing too much sitting, but not hurting as bad as I thought I would be. I took a pain pill after I got home, and I'll probably go to bed early tonight. I was so tired when I got home. After "googling" some of the information on my bone scan, I got into pjs and had my leftover salad from yesterday for dinner. Didn't get all my fruit and vegetable servings in today that I should have, but I'll get back on track with that tomorrow. I did my stretching exercises before dinner, instead of doing them at bedtime. I was afraid if I waited, I'd be too tired and not want to do them, and I do not want to get into the habit of skipping them.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I slept pretty good last night; I was so tired when I went to bed, too tired to do my usual pre-bedtime reading, but I was glad for once, to able to fall asleep quickly once my head hit the pillow. Woke up with another sinus headache starting, this time on the right side of my face instead of my left. But this one wasn't as bad as the one I had on Monday.
I did my stretching exercises before I got out of bed for the day, and I'll do them again tonight at bed time.
I met some friends for lunch at a new local Italian place that recently opened up here in town. It was very nice, excellent service and food. I had a Gorgonzola and olive salad, with Italian dressing on the side. I dipped my fork into the dressing before each bite, instead of pouring it over the salad, but the salad was so flavorful, it didn't need much dressing. It was a huge salad, and I felt full after eating half of it, so I brought the rest home. And we all shared the bread and the olive oil dipping sauce. I did pretty well with that too; probably ate more than one servings worth, but not as much as I would have in the past. I had ice tea with some lemon for my beverage.
I called my mom after I got home, and she told me the nursing home called, and my aunt is showing symptoms of another possible mini stroke. They are watching her very carefully, and I am glad they have not had to take her to the hospital yet. The last time she was in the hospital, all she wanted to do was go back to the nursing home. The staff there are very attentive to her, and they don't make her feel like it's a chore to take care of her, unlike the last time she was in the hospital. Until today, she was doing so well with her physical therapy, she was even able to walk with a walker again, and this was also suppose to be her last day of therapy. She had a major stroke in the early part of 2006, and a few months ago, was in the hospital after having a mini stroke. She's 88, and with her history, we are hoping for the best, but I know we have to be prepared in case she keeps having these attacks.
I have been trying to keep busy today, so that I am not sitting all the time. It really does feel better now to be moving instead of just sitting, but I am still trying to find the right balance, between overdoing it, and not doing enough. I didn't feel too bad after sitting for a little over an hour at the restaurant, and I think that it helped that I made an effort to try to be aware of my posture and sit up straight. But I did take a pain pill after I came home.
Since the weather was right for it today, I got one coat of paint on my book case which is sitting outside on my porch. It's going to need at least one more coat, which I am hoping to do on Friday. If I get it done by then, my dad can help me get it into the house this weekend. I am anxious to start putting it to use.
We are probably going to have some frost tonight, so I will have to cover up my plants tonight.
My mom won't have to be at the hospital until noon tomorrow for her surgery, and it's right here in town, so I will have plenty of time in the morning to uncover everything, and I will probably eat a light, early lunch at 11am. I'll pack some healthy snacks to take with me to the hospital so I won't have to worry about choosing something out of the vending machine, and I'm going to bring enough to share with my dad too.
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.
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