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A couple of good days!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Yesterday morning, my friend Angel came over and she took me to Meijer for a few groceries. I had not planned to shop this week, and I was stocked up enough on things to be able to get by without shopping, and with my busy week, I just didn't want to make the extra bus trip this week, but since she offered, I gladly took her up on it. Even though I had plenty of food in the house, I was glad to get some things that you can't really stock up on too far ahead of time, such as fresh produce.

We got to the store a little after 10am; with it being so close to the 1st of the month, and a holiday coming up, I expected them to be busy, but the store was much more crowded than I had expected it to be at that hour of the morning. Fortunately, it was a day that the hip pain was just on the mild side, so I didn't have to try to get through the crowd using one of those electric carts. Still, it took a lot of patience to get through the aisles but I made it through without ending up in a grumpy mood. And I got up to the checkouts just as they were opening up a few extra ones.

After that, Angel mowed the yard for me. Her two young kids helped pull weeds and her little boy, who is around 8 years old, asked if I had a broom so that he could sweep my porch, I thought that was so sweet! After that, they got a couple of blankets out of car and laid down in the yard to read under my trees while their mom finished up cutting the grass.

No problems with the Dial a Ride bus either yesterday! (Angel had to get her husband to an appointment, so she wasn't able to take me.) My pick up time was 2:30pm and it actually got there 5 minutes early. I got to my doctor's office about 20 minutes early, but that was ok, I had my Kindle with me so that I could read. It's usually quite a long wait in the waiting room there, but I only had to wait 20 minutes past my appointment time to see my doctor, which is not bad for that place. He was quite pleased with the recovery I made from the cellulitis infection. I then called the bus again for my ride home, and only had a 15 minute wait. The bus made a few stops along the way to pick up others, and drop others off, but I was home by 4:45pm. Tired from a long day, but happy to be home, and the first thing I did was get into pjs.

It was nice to sleep in this morning; I got up at 8:30am, which is late for me. After breakfast, I started the prep for my dinner. With my fatigue issues, I find it's easier on the days that I cook, to do as much meal prep in the morning as I can. I mixed up a turkey meatloaf, and all I need to do now is put it in the oven an hour before dinner. Also trying a new recipe for summer squash and rice salad, and I put that together this morning not only to save time later, but it needs to chill and needs time for the flavors to blend. I cooked the rice for it last night in my rice cooker, and this morning, I peeled and diced the squash and cooked it, along with a little onion, then got everything mixed together. I was tired out after that, but it will be worth it to have a home cooked meal, plus I will have leftovers for a few days and will not have to cook.

I also spent a little time ordering some household supplies from Walmart.com; since most of the time I am taking the bus to the store to do my shopping, I have been ordering some things that are too big and bulky, or too heavy to carry on the bus, online; things like kitty litter, and big packs of paper goods such as toilet paper and paper towels. The shipping is free if you spend at least $50, so when I put in an order, I really stock up. I also go through Ebates to order from Walmart, so I get a little bit of rebate from my order too.

Despite the fatigue, I felt rested up enough this afternoon to do a chair workout. I've managed to get some exercise 5 days in a row this week, which is pretty good week for me!

It's frustrating to still be dealing with the fatigue even though my hemoglobin levels are normal right now, but I think some of it is just from the cancer being active right now. I just started the Ibrance on Monday, and if it does what it's suppose to do and slows down the progression, I'm hoping the fatigue issues will get better too. But for now, all I can do is what I have been doing; just doing my best to work within my limits, pacing myself, and making the most of my good days.
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  • OPALMOON
    Dear Shari,
    I am so happy to read that you had a good few days! It was wonderful of Angel and her boys to help you. I keep praying that you get all the support and help you need. It's a great idea to order bulky and big items online...thank goodness this sort of thing is available these days! I'm glad everything went smoothly with your appointment, and that you were able to pace yourself with cooking and managed a workout too. You are so inspirational keeping up with your workouts despite the fatigue. Woo hoo for you! I pray that the Ibrance works well and helps with the fatigue, and also that you have a lot more 'good days'. Take care my dear friend.
    Big hugs, love and blessings,
    Nattacia

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    1864 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    I missed your blog somehow and saw it cleaning up emails! So glad Angel and her sons helped you out! And you got some extra shopping done! I, too, use Walmart.com,Amazon.com and a few others (Costco) for items like you do...very helpful! I must look up Ebates!
    You are so wise to do you major prep work for cooking in the morn! Do you use a crock pot? Really helps to that you have left overs...freezing soup is always good, too!
    I think you do just an amazing job, Shari! You really do!
    Hope your July 4 th was good!
    Love & Hugs,
    Mary
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    Comment edited on: 7/5/2015 1:44:35 AM
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    emoticon on having the energy to do exercises and feeling well enough to do a little shopping. emoticon
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  • GABY1948
    I agree with the others....you are an INSPIRATION to ALL of us and even more of a blessing to us!

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  • CELLOPLAYER1
    Sounds like you got a lot done. Have another wonderful friend in Angel.
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  • TEXASTITCHER
    You are a shining example for all of us. Take care of yourself.
    1864 days ago
  • YELLOW09RED
    Have a nice 4th Shari,
    You did a lot. It's great that you order those that way. Good idea.
    Hugs for your fatigue.
    I'm glad your friend Angel helped you. She is very nice.
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  • ICECUB
    I am so glad you are having good days. you have the best friends. emoticon
    1865 days ago
  • JANIEWWJD
    You are truly amazing!!! I pray that you continue doing well. My prayers will continue!!! God bless you!
    1865 days ago
  • LUCYCAN7
    Shari,I am praying the Ibrance will help you with your fatigue.That is some very
    thoughtful children your friend has.Glad to hear you got some rest and slept in.
    Prayers,hugs and blessings! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1865 days ago
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    You have gotten a lot accomplished in a couple of days. emoticon I hope you have a nice weekend!
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  • CRUISEGAL55
    Shari, It sounds like a pretty good couple of days! emoticon
    You are a brilliant woman. I never thought about ordering bulk litter to be delivered. I refuse to try & get them in the car, so I just buy small bags. With my 3 kitties, the litter will get used.
    We can all learn time management & creative organization, from you. emoticon
    I hope you'll have nice weather for your holiday weekend. It would be great if you can get out & visit with friends & family.
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    Hugs & Prayers
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    1865 days ago
  • SIMPLELIFE4REAL
    You got A LOT done over the past few days! I'm very impressed.

    That was so nice of Angel to cut the grass for you. Her kids sound so sweet. She must be a very good mother and friend! I'm happy that she is there for you.

    I hope your next few days go as well as the last ones have.
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  • PIMPINELLAN50
    Fantastic blog Shari!You did accomplish quite a few things too~ emoticon on your 5 day streak of exercise!!!
    The meatloaf and squash salad sounds delicious,and makes for some great leftovers .
    I have a sign hanging in my kitchen that an old friend gave me years ago saying:
    " emoticon "Friends are like flowers of the heart" emoticon
    How very true it is! Wishing you a perfect 4th of July weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  • PHOENIX1949
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  • SLIMMERJESSE
    I'm so happy to hear of your good days. Enjoy!
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  • PICKIE98
    Wow!! What a great blog. You surely did have a productive day today. You can have meat loaf sandwiches if you do not want to heat it up later!! Smart cookie!

    You have the most wonderful friends!


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  • WENDIQ
    I am so encouraged with your positive outlook on "everything"....even shopping which is a real chore for me anymore. I have to do it today, but will remember how fortunate I am that I can walk the aisles and not get terribly exhausted.....You are such a bright light!
    1865 days ago
  • ROBFIL
    One day at a time!
    1865 days ago
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