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First week off from the Abraxane

Saturday, July 20, 2013

It was nice having this week off from chemo, but it was a busy week for me. I wasn't sure I would have the stamina to handle it all, but I did surprisingly well, despite the fact that I have had a lot of trouble sleeping this week.

I had my appointment at the pain clinic Tuesday; I was glad for once it didn't fall on a chemo day. My doctor there is great; he takes his time talking to his patients, and he hasn't given up on trying to find the best way to help my hip pain. He tried something a little different with the injections for my left hip and left shoulder, treating the pain as a pinched nerve issue. I think they may be helping; even though I still have to take my pain pills, the pain does seem to be a little better.

Wednesday was a "stay at home" day. Thursday morning, I saw my internist for a follow up appointment on my low thyroid. Good news is that with the Synthroid, my levels are now normal, and no adjustment is needed in my dose. I know that a lot of people need several months to get the right dose figured out, so I feel lucky mine was the right one for me when I first started it in May. I think having my thyroid levels normal is helping to keep my energy levels up despite not getting enough sleep most nights this past week.

I also did a little grocery shopping after my appointment on Thursday, and later that day, my mom, my sister and I met 2 of my cousins for lunch; one of them was here from Massachusetts on her annual visit to Michigan. We had a nice long visit.

Friday started out pretty good; I felt fairly good the first part of the day, until that incident with my hip that I described in yesterday's blog. That is doing ok today though; but sometimes it feels like it wants to seize up when I am getting up out of a chair, so I have to remember to move slowly when I do that.

I am keeping up with my workouts, so far, I've only missed 2 days this month, and as of today, I've done a workout 8 days in a row.

I start another 3 weeks in a row of chemo on Tuesday. Hopefully, my lab work will show improved blood counts. So far, I still have my hair! I am very thankful for that.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AWESOMECHELZ 7/22/2013 6:20PM

    You are really amazing with ALL you do and you sure have a true excuse not to do any exercising at all. You are an inspiration and I am so happy that you have family who loves you and supports you too, and good doctors who listen and care. emoticon

With my MS sometimes I get terrible nerve pain and it sure is great to find something that works. I started Cymbalta about a month ago and it had relieved the pain a LOT which I was surprised. Nothing else seemed to work before.

I am glad we are friends here and in Goodreads. Reading is a great thing to share. Good luck tomorrow with the chemo.

Love, Chelsea emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 7/22/2013 2:53AM

    You sound like you are faring well... we are all here pulling for you emoticon

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MAKINANIMPACT 7/21/2013 5:43PM

    Good luck, it sounds like you're well on your way!

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GRNDMOM43 7/21/2013 4:58PM

    You are amazing! I hope that your energy levels continue to improve. emoticon

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GOANNA2 7/21/2013 8:48AM

    You are truly an inspiration. Glad your pain
is a little less. Hope the chemo goes well for
you. Your exercise streak puts me to shame.
Woo hoo for still having your hair. Have
a great week ahead. emoticon

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SLACHETKA103145 7/21/2013 7:43AM

    I wish you the best with Chemo...I have a CT scan tomorrow morning that will let me know if my chemo worked and will hold for a while!!!!!

I will think about you next week and wish you the best!


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POPSY190 7/21/2013 3:04AM

    You are truly amazing in dealing with all you have thrown at you. Your workout history is inspiring!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/21/2013 12:15AM

    It's truly wonderful you have some goods to help level out the not-so-goods. You made it through a rough week, so I hope the rest of your weekend is relaxing so help ensure you have spoons ready to get you through the next 3 weeks of chemo.

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ELLFIN3 7/20/2013 8:51PM

    I am glad the injections for pain seems to working this time. WooHoo for all You fitness!!! And a BIg WooHoo for you still having Your hair! : )!! Enjoy Your Sunday! ((HUGS))

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/20/2013 8:46PM

    I am amazed at what you accomplish in spite of everything you are dealing with. You are an inspiration!!!!!

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A_NEW_CHAPTER 7/20/2013 7:59PM

    Busy week! And getting all those workouts in along with everything else - great job. That's really good news about the thyroid meds, I remember how hard it was for my grandmother to get the right level, always running back to the doctor to get it checked and re-checked.
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CIRANDELLA 7/20/2013 7:48PM

    You sound good...I hope you'll fare very well during the next round of chemo.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/20/2013 7:26PM

    I always wonder how you get through this, and if there's a strong spiritual belief system that pulls you through. Honestly, I don't know if I'd be as strong.

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