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Looking forward to a weekend of rest and recovery

Friday, April 09, 2010

Both my hips were very sore before I got up today, and I was still pretty tired out from yesterday, even though I went to bed earlier than usual. I had plans to check out the AAUW's annual used book sale this morning; I love to read and most of the books I read are used ones, and used book sales don't happen that often in my small town, so I really did not want to miss it today. Still, I considered not going, both because of the way I was feeling, and because it was so darn cold out again today. But, I got up, and as I was getting ready to go, started feeling a little better.

I am glad I went, despite feeling sore. I found some good books; paid $11 for 7 books, some in almost new condition. I probably would have looked around a little longer if I had not been so tired, but I am very happy with what I found. A couple of the books were ones on my never ending list of "books I want to read someday". They are all fiction, except for the book I found of stability ball exercises.

And since I was already out and about anyway, I went out to Walmart for a few things I needed. I use to work there until November 2008; I talked to a few of my former coworkers, and got lots of hugs. I keep in touch with some of them through Facebook, and by the time I was in the store today, even the ones that are not computer users heard about me starting chemo again. When you work with a group of people for a long time, they feel like a second family, and even though I have been gone from there for over a year now, I could still feel the love. I don't miss the management of the place, and I don't like Walmart as a cooperation, but the people I worked with are all good people, hard workers, and they work hard to give the customers good customer service.

I found a really cute cotton cami top there for only $4, white with a hot pink and black "snakeskin" print; I don't usually go for the animal prints, but this was really cute. I found a cotton knit zip front hoodie jacket, Danskin brand, in pink to match for $9. I plan on wearing them with a pair of black yoga pants to my chemo on Tuesday, it will be a cute outfit and comfy too if I want to just lounge around when I get home. The top will be good for easy access to my port, and maybe the bright, cheerful color will make me feel better.

I bought a couple of new bandanas too, in floral prints; one chambray blue and the other light violet. Even though I don't know if I will lose all my hair yet, I'm am pretty sure it will be thinning; and I probably will not be wanting to use my curling iron in it or a lot of styling products, so whether I lose all of it or not, I'm pretty sure I'll be using scarves through this. I still have all my hats and scarves from my chemo in 2003 also.

I also bought two 2 pound weights; I plan to use them for my bicep curls, as the 1 pound weights have started to feel too "easy" for those. But I still plan on using the 1 pound weights for exercises other than the bicep curls; my arms still get tired out using the lighter weights for those. No strength training today though, as my back is feeling a little more sore than usual today. I plan on doing it tomorrow though.

I also applied for my new insurance coverage online; now I just have to wait and see if I am approved or not. I also did some more research; if worst case I am denied and won't have coverage after my COBRA expires next month, I am pretty sure I can get Medicaid to use until my Medicare starts in November. I am trying not to stress about it for now; nothing I can do now and wait to be notified of their decision, I keep telling myself that worrying about it won't make things move any faster.

I am tired, and I can feel the effects of the extra walking around from yesterday and today, but I enjoyed my time out today. I have the whole weekend now to stay home and relax. Monday morning I am meeting a friend for breakfast, and then I'll do my grocery shopping.

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  • COOKIE502
    It's always a morale booster buying new (or used) books, isn't it? Glad you got to the book sale. Have a good weekend. emoticon emoticon
    2962 days ago
    Sounds like a very productive day!! Have a good weekend and relax and read!!

    2962 days ago
    I'm glad you got to the book sale...that's a definite victory. And the hugs from the girls at work was just what you needed. I hope you have a restful and great reading week-end. Share some of your finds with our book site...I am very curious about what books you got! Love you, Mary
    2962 days ago
    Shari that's good you got to the used book sale. To think you got books you really wanted to read and saving those hats and scarves was good. Maybe with the health bill you will be able to get that insurance since they can't go by pre-existing conditions. That might work in your behalf. Think Positive I'm sure you'll get it and I will continue to pray for you.
    2962 days ago
    My sister had chemo last summer with no hair loss -- intensive hydration (by IV) prior to the chemo treatments was effective for her, also reduced the discomfort of the chemo very significantly. It may be worth asking your doctors about this approach.
    2962 days ago
    You are amazing. I glad you found the books and saw your friends. The clothes sound really cute, too. Best wishes for an easy recovery.
    2962 days ago
    I am amazed at the way you are hadling this ... grace under pressure. You are so organized about it too.

    It's a good thing you saved the hats and scarfs ... I have some big time favorite hats that I still wear ... or in my case, baseball caps!

    I hope you have a quiet, restful weekend.

    2962 days ago
  • TERI99
    Great energy! I'm glad you found some good books to read while you are relaxing this weekend.
    2962 days ago
    Sounds like you had a busy and productive day. Rest this weekend and read one of your "new" books. emoticon
    2963 days ago
    Wow, you did a lot for a girl that wasn't sure that she could get up and out today!

    Wish we lived close and I could go with you for your treatment.


    2963 days ago
    Friends so enrich our lives! I'm glad you were able to connect with some.
    2963 days ago
    Sounds like you had a pretty productive day! You did more today than I get done in a week.

    Rest easy this weekend. Happy Friday!
    2963 days ago
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