Another "Two Appointment Day" yesterday
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Yesterday was another two appointment day for me. It could not be helped. Both my oncologist and pain specialist are only in town on Tuesdays. I could not skip chemo this week because I had last week off. I tried to change the time of my pain clinic appointment to next week instead or at least later in the day, but my doctor was all booked up until May and I could not wait that long. I managed ok though. My chemo was at 9am and I was the first appointment of the day, so I got in fairly quickly, My nurse knew I had my pain clinic appointment at 11:15am so she made sure the lab got my blood work processed ASAP. I finished up that clinic with plenty of time to spare to get to the pain clinic on the other side of town.
I had injections in both hips, and my lower back. Also my left shoulder. My mom took me to chemo and dropped me off at the pain clinic; so that she wouldn't have to sit there and wait so long, (the pain clinic gives sedatives before the injections, and they won't give them to you if you don't have someone to drive you home), my best friend came and waited out in the waiting room for me to take me home. The sedatives made me very sleepy, as usual. I wasn't hurting that bad though, because anesthetics are injected before the pain medications.
I got home at 2pm, I immediately put kibble in both kitties bowls and then I put my pajamas on and went to bed. I wasn't even in bed 1 minute before they joined me; I think they felt I could use some comforting since I am not usually in bed during the middle of the day. I slept on and off til 5pm, by that time, the sedatives and anesthetics were wearing off and my shoulder and left hip were really hurting. I stayed up til about midnight, taking it easy, just lounging in bed either reading or watching tv. I woke up around 6am this morning with my shoulder really hurting.
Sometimes, the injections make my pain a little worse for a few days before it gets better, and in my shoulder, the injection goes right into the joint. Besides the pain, I have a good sized bruise there too. I took a pain pill at 9am, and then again at 2pm, but they are not helping much today. Hip (the "bad" one on the left side) was doing ok up until around 1:30pm. I decided to skip my workout today, and give my joints at least a day to rest.
It's the first day of Spring, but winter is hanging on here. Still quite a bit of snow on the ground here, and we've had snow flurries on and off throughout the day. I remember last year, around this time, it was much warmer than normal; I even had to run my air conditioning a few times when the temps reached nearly 80°F.