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Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I made it to church this morning, but with the day I had yesterday, I wasn't so sure I was going to.

Saturday I woke up at 4am with a terrible burning heartburn. I am not sure what brought it on, I don't think it was anything I ate. I think it was just the chemo. I was told by one of my doctors that chemo causes the stomach to produce more acid. I took 4 Tums (which I always keep by my bed) and went back to sleep a few more hours.

(And yes, I am already on prescription meds for my GERD, I take Protonix twice per day.)
It was still bad when I got up. I just stuck to a bland diet and small amounts of foods. I was so bummed to feeling so rotten when I had just two fairly good days two days in a row. It did get a little better late in the morning, so I thought I would try out my newest workout DVD.

You might remember me posting about 2 months ago I won a Jodi Stolove chair aerobics workout; Life's A Celebration. I had been putting off trying it out because of either pain issues, or chemo related fatigue. I was determined to at least try it yesterday, so I did. It was a fun workout, but I had to stop a few times and take a break. I kept track of the time I actually exercised, and I ended up doing 30 minutes of it.

I got very tired very early in the afternoon, I think I should have cut my workout a bit shorter, it's a lot more aerobic than I am use too, but sometimes you don't know what you can handle until you try it. My heartburn got worse again too, so I was not eating much. And when I don't eat enough, it seems to make the lightheaded-ness I get from my pain pills a little worse. Fortunately, my stomach started to calm down again in the evening. I tried to do some reading before bedtime, but it was hard to keep my eyes open so I went to bed at 9:30pm.

My stomach was much better when I woke up this morning. I went to the Easter breakfast at church with my mom and sister. The meal was served potluck style. I just fixed myself a small plate; all healthy foods except for a small slice of lemon cake. Each place setting including a mini Easter basket made out of a plastic cup filled with candy; I took the candy home for another day. The service followed at 11am and it was very nice.

I got home around 12:30pm. I was surprised at how tired and worn out I felt, but I guess it was to be expected since I just had chemo the last two Tuesdays. I changed into my pajamas right after I got home. I really had to push myself to do a workout today; just a short Sit and Be Fit workout, but it was good to stretch after sitting so much this morning, and it did perk up my energy just a bit. I ended up with 617 fitness minutes for the month, which isn't bad considering I missed 6 days this month.

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    I must have unsubscribed from your blogs, sorry.
    You are amazing to do what you do and still have
    time to exercise. I am so sorry you weren't feeling
    well. Your Easter sounded very nice and I'm glad
    you were able to go to the church potluck and service.
    I hope you are having a better week now. emoticon
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  • POPSY190
    It's amazing what you accomplish despite the fatigue. emoticon
    1911 days ago
    I'm glad you made it to church and had the meal! Oh congrats on the fitness minutes, that was great!
    1911 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    You do a great job of getting in your exercise even when you don't feel well-makes me feel lazy for not doing the same thing and I know it's needed. Glad you got to and enjoyed the breakfast at church. We had ours after the sunrise service but no one served any cake!!
    1911 days ago
    Happy Easter!
    1911 days ago
    You are so AWESOME!! I hope You have a great Monday! Enjoy!! Love You! (((((HUGS)))))
    1911 days ago
    emoticon that you were able to go to the Easter festivities at church today. I am also glad that your tummy is feeling better. Gentle emoticon
    1911 days ago
    Hope your stomach continues to improve!! So glad you got to church today. Hope you get some rest and tomorrow is better for you!
    1911 days ago
    So glad you made it to Easter service. Hopefully the worst of the side effects are over for the week and you'll have your off week to enjoy.
    1911 days ago
    With all you are going through, I am amazed at how much you accomplish in your diet and exercise routine.
    I have a brother-in-law going through chemo, and my sister says it makes him very tired.
    Glad you were able to make the Easter service, and breakfast with your family.
    Have a wonderful, and blessed day. Relax, and rest. emoticon
    1911 days ago
    Happy Easter Shari!!
    Praying for you my friend!!

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