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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.
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    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
    1738 days ago
    You sound like you are faring well... we are all here pulling for you emoticon
    1739 days ago
    Good luck, it sounds like you're well on your way!
    1739 days ago
    You are amazing! I hope that your energy levels continue to improve. emoticon
    1739 days ago
    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
    1740 days ago
  • SLACHETKA103145
    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!

    1740 days ago
  • POPSY190
    You are truly amazing in dealing with all you have thrown at you. Your workout history is inspiring!
    1740 days ago
    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.
    1740 days ago
    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))
    1740 days ago
    I am amazed at what you accomplish in spite of everything you are dealing with. You are an inspiration!!!!!
    1740 days ago
    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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    1740 days ago
    You sound good...I hope you'll fare very well during the next round of chemo.
    1740 days ago
    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.
    1740 days ago
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