Friday, September 17, 2010
(Regular readers of my page and spark friends know that I am a nurse. On June 4, 2010 I was stuck with a needle from a hepatitis C+ patient and I contracted Hepatitis C and am now undergoing 6 months of treatment in an attempt to get rid of this nasty virus. (see blog from 8/16/2010)
Hepatitis C treatment log Weeks #7 and 8:
MY HIPS ACHE! MY HIPS ACHE! MY HIPS ACHE! I wake up in the middle of the night with the aching. I take advil 2-3 times a day and it helps, but the pain never really goes away....just a dull ever present ache that is worse at some times than at others. It is really a bummer, but I know it could be so much worse if I were on some sort of chemotherapy or radiation treatment, so I try to remain positive and remind myself of how many people suffer with much worse chronic pain every day.
I finally broke down and took a day off of work this week related to my symptoms. I actually went to work for 3 hours (I work 10 hour shifts at the dialysis unit) and I was SOOOO tired and aching in my hips I went home. I decided to lay down for a nap and I ended up sleeping for 3 hours---YIKES! I guess I needed some rest, huh?
I continue to exercise, but my running speed and my overall endurance is shockingly less than it was only a couple of months ago---it is kind of discouraging, but what can I do? I just try to keep moving because I know it helps with the joint pain and it helps mentally (I LOVE ENDORPHINS!).
I may be slow, BUT...I had two running victories in the last 2 weeks. First last week I ran my fastest 3 miles in MONTHS at 30:47 which is just awesome for me. Since I use run/walk ratios that 30:47 time included 4 minutes of walking which mean I was running some sort of 9 minute something second miles...considering there have been many days lately where I have been running 3 miles in 34 minutes this was a great time! Now, it was a lot more aerobically taxing for me than it was the last time I ran this speed (I was breathing heavier and my level of perceived exertion was much higher) but that is totally expected as my red blood cell level is down quite a bit since I started on this treatment....at any rate it gives me hope that I can maintain at least some of my previous fitness level as I finish this treatment.
My second victory is that this week I ran 7 miles for the first time since my diagnosis with Hepatitis C on July 16, 2010. Again--just awesome! I never know how I will feel when I attempt a long run (or even a short run) so I have just been keeping my options open when I run and working hard to LISTEN to my body and not my stubborn brain which wants me to be training for a half marathon or more-lol. I had hoped to run 5 miles, but the weather was awesome and I felt great so I mid run I decided to try for 7. While I set no speed records it felt great, and my legs did not even hurt the next day, so perhaps I have kept up some of my running endurance after all!
On to Treatment week #9 out of 24 weeks total! Next week I get basic labs drawn again and see my liver doctor for a check up. I am also attending a local Hepatitis C support group and will hear a nationally known hepatitis researcher/doctor speak, so I am excited to potentially be learning lots of new information about my new "favorite" virus (AKA Hepatitis C)
Thanks for all of your support and prayers---I appreciate each and everyone!
Keep the Faith and kill the virus!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Plot synopsis from amazon.com:
"Delia Hopkins, the main character who's in her early 30's, learns that the beloved father who has raised her actually kidnapped her as a young girl. She was taken away from her mother in Arizona, given a new identity, told that her mother was dead, and then grew up with no memories of any of her life before they moved to New Hampshire. The secret comes out, and Delia now must come to terms with what her father has done and with the still-living mother she never knew. Delia is a mother herself, now, and she spends much of the novel reconciling her own hurt and anger over being taken away with her perspective as a mother who'd do anything to protect her child. Toss in Delia's fiancÚ (a lawyer) and her male best friend (a reporter) who both have strong interests in the legal case, and you have the main love triangle that drives the story."
Now that I have forgiven this author for her blatant emotional manipulation of her readers in "Handle with Care" (don't EVEN get me started on that again--lol) I was excited to finally read Vanishing Acts. But, although it was a good read, I didn't enjoy it as much as My Sister's Keeper, The Pact, or Plain Truth. I found the jailhouse scenes to be distracting and irrelevant, the alcoholism angle not fully developed, and the main character of Delia to be shallow. In all, I wanted more: more plot, more character development. As usual, Jodi throws in her signature twist on the last page, which this time, instead of adding to the story, detracts from it.
Jodi Picoult is a wonderful writer---her good books are VERY good and even her bad books are a compelling reads. However, sometimes she seems so caught up in her ability to storytell and sell novels that she forgets about the characters, their motivations, and the true story that really needed to be told. This was an engaging but superficial story.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Plot synopsis from Amazon.com:
"Of course, you are older, a woman now.... Still, I'd know you anywhere." A cryptic letter from death row shatters Eliza Benedict's peaceful summer with her family, and forces her to face her long-buried past. Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped Eliza the summer she was fifteen and kept her hostage for weeks, spots her picture in a local magazine and reaches out to her to make amends before his execution. The narrative shifts between the present and that long ago summer, when Eliza involuntarily became a part of Walter's endless road trip, including the fateful night when he picked up another teenage girl, Holly Tackett. Soon after Walter killed Holly, Eliza was rescued and taken home. Eliza must now balance a need for closure with a desire to protect herself emotionally
My take on it:
It's a page-burner that's a little dark, a little noir, a little mentally exhaustive. Don't miss it!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Plot synopsis from Amazon.com review:
"On an early winter morning just before daybreak, three men hear a loud noise similar to a car backfiring. At first they dismiss it as just that, but it turns out to be a fatal shot that kills a farmer named Lloyd Wilson. The protagonist in the story was friends with the deceased man's son, Cletus. Using newspaper clippings, memories, and imagination, he tries to reconstruct the dramatic events that led to the shooting. Through the use of imagery, William Maxwell creates a story that is vivid in its depictions of rural life and the excruciating emotions people endure as a result of choices they make."
The story explores the meaning of friendship and love and consequences of passion. The narrator is a man who traces even into old age, the true meaning of relationships he formed during his childhood. The end of the book is truly haunting and will stay with you. It speaks volumes about how the words that are unspoken in life are sometimes much more important than those that are spoken. How as we grow old, we remember all the things that we could have, should have said....
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