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Snow Day; had to cancel oncologist appointment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I had a "snow day" of sorts today. We had 8 inches of snow overnight, and my friend Von who was going to drive me to the clinic today for my oncologist appointment and Zometa infusion, wasn't able to get her car out of the driveway, so she wasn't able to pick me up this morning. There wasn't enough time to arrange for another ride, so I called and rescheduled my appointment for next week.

Of course, this means living with the neck/shoulder pain another week before I can talk to my doctor about it, but since I woke up with a sinus headache that was being stubborn, it worked out just as well to stay home this morning. Rhonda was able to pick me up this afternoon to go grocery shopping, and by then, my headache was starting to go away. It was probably triggered in the first place by the weather system that dumped all the snow on us.

I was feeling very worn out by the time I got back home, but after sitting and resting for about an hour, I started feeling better. I'm glad to have the shopping out of the way for this week. At least it wasn't bitterly cold today, we made it up to 35°F; tomorrow is supposed to be in the upper 20's, then we have rain, possibly freezing rain, coming for Thursday.

I've been on the Afinitor about 2 1/2 weeks now; still no mouth sores, so coating the pill with the marshmallow creme must be working! My chemo nurse told me last week that if you are going to get mouth sores with the Afinitor, it usually happens within the first 2 weeks. I've only been on the Aromasin 6 days so far; it's too soon to tell if I am going to have side effects from that, as the ones caused by that drug usually don't show up until you've been taking it awhile.
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    emoticon So sorry to hear about the continuing neck and shoulder pain, but happy to hear the marshmallow creme is helping with the meds.
    1549 days ago
    Hi Shari,
    I'm sorry to hear the neck and shoulder pain are still troubling you. I know how much this sort of situation can impact on one's daily life, so even though you needed to reschedule the oncology appointment, you did really well to get out to do your shopping. I hope the sinus headache - and the weather in your area - all settle down, and the neck and shoulder pain ease as well.
    Stay warm if you can - sending prayers and warm thoughts your way.
    Big hugs,

    1550 days ago
    emoticon Good evening Shari,
    I hope you are keeping warm indoors.
    Sorry about your having to wait. Hope your doing ok with your pain.
    Sending you hugs and God bless you.
    1550 days ago
    No mouth sores is a big plus!! I'm sorry you had to cancel appointment--I know you are eager to see the doctor. Hopefully, there will be no side effects from the Aromasin!!! Sure hope your weather is improving. We have had a beautiful week. Snow is melting fast and we've had highs in the 50s and we even hit 60!!!! Now when the cold and snow return it will be more depressing!
    1551 days ago
    Glad that you don't have any problems with mouth sores taking the new medicine.I hope that the marshmallow creme will continue to work it's magic right through the treatments!
    You sure are having some nasty winter weather in your area..take care and stay warm and cozy! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1551 days ago
  • KITT52
    emoticon ..relax ..hope you feel better soon
    1551 days ago
  • GENRE009
    I am sorry top hear about all the pain you are in, or that the snow is so miserable. I just let it stay there, and on the third day start to worry. usually I am either shoveling, or someone comes by that I pay, who has a snow blower. When I get headaches which is rarely. it is usually allergies. As far as pain, I have had plenty since I was in a car accident, where my car was totaled. I found that if you do the omegas they really help with inflammation, help[ with belly fat also,and deliver lots of oxygen. These are salmon, sardines, olive oil, avocado, ground flax, 2 capsules of fish oil tablets daily, and a handful of almonds daily. Try to eat these about 4 times daily, at almost every meal.
    Breakfast: cooked oats, with 1 tablesp. of ground flax & maybe some almonds
    In between: yogurt with grd.flax or almonds
    1 piece of toast with peanut butter
    Lunch: a sandwich, wassa rye with avocado, or Philadelphia, salmon, onion, & tomato, or substitute smashed beans for salmon & make the rest the same a salad with the omegas & sliced almonds too
    in between:?
    dinner: ?
    inbetween:? I hope this helps you, and I will pray for your healing too. eva
    1551 days ago
  • OWLVR54
    Sorry you had to cancel you appointment yesterday, but with the sinus headache, guess it was best. You are definately getting hit by a tough winter this year. Snow is nice but not when you have to shovel it, etc.
    I am lucky I live in a warm state, but miss the change in seasons at times.
    I hope you don't get any side effects from the medications. They can be rough and with you shoulder and neck pain, you don't need anything else to worry about.

    Hope your week goes well and the snow, slows down too and spring come to you soon.

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    1551 days ago
    Sorry about your appointment issue and your latest pain problems..........this winter has been absolutely horrendous! Take care and stay safe and as comfortable as possible!
    1552 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear you couldn't go to the appointment
    today. I hope you can hang in there for another week.
    Glad to hear the marshmallow cream is working.
    I hope you have a nice day. emoticon

    1552 days ago
    I'm sorry you had to postphone your oncology appointment. At least you got your grocery shopping done. That is a major accomplishment. Does Rhonda do her shopping too while you are getting yours done? I imagine that it's nice for you two to get to see each other even though you are busy shopping. She is a good friend.
    1552 days ago
    Shari, You continue to amaze me with your inner strength and positive attitude. Hope your medicines do not cause your any side effects and work they way they have enough to deal with without that.
    We had a beautiful spring-like day with snow early, then lots of sunshine and a heat wave with a temperature of 40 degrees. Definitely felt like spring after all our severe winter weather.
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    Have a wonderful day at a time.
    Prayers, blessings and hugs,
    1552 days ago
    Our weather has certainly been finicky lately! I'm sorry you had to reschedule, but in the long run, probably for the best.

    Hope you continue to have no side affects, and more importantly, these two drugs work they way they are intended.

    1552 days ago
    Sounds like it's been a tough winter in your area. Glad no mouth sores. Keeping my fingers crossed that the other med has no side effects for you. Have a good evening.
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  • GEORGE815
    Hang on! You can do it!
    1552 days ago
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